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Katana to Dao part 3: Men of Letters, Arts of War

The Ming Dynasty (大明 1368 to 1644) is a fascinating time period in history. So much change happening on the global stage, the effects of that change have had huge ramifications for people living in the Ming Dynasty and the events happening in China had wide ranging effects on world at large. For Chinese martial… Continue reading Katana to Dao part 3: Men of Letters, Arts of War

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TPLA/ASL lightsaber rules: short tips

Greetings all! The following are a few of our recent training and rule set tips form our channel. Check them out for some quick information on the rules and tips to help you create fun and exciting bouts! https://youtube.com/shorts/zuUN8NLCT1M?feature=share While one handed combat is the norm, two handed technique can be very effective! https://youtube.com/shorts/9fFjzgfA4Xs?feature=share Salvo:… Continue reading TPLA/ASL lightsaber rules: short tips

Blog, Ma Xianda, Tong Bei Studies, Translations

Ma Xianda: A Short History of Duan Bing part 2-短兵格斗简史及其特点

Here is the second section of the Introduction to Duan Bing by Ma Xianda from his book. In the first part he discussed the long history of swordplay and fencing in Chinese culture. In this next section he discusses the extremely influential Republican era of China(1912–1949) and its effect on the formation of Duan Bing… Continue reading Ma Xianda: A Short History of Duan Bing part 2-短兵格斗简史及其特点

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Ma Xianda: A brief history of Duan Bing and its characteristics-短兵格斗简史及其特点

The cover of "Chinese Duan Bing" by Ma Xianda The following is a selection from the book “Chinese Duan Bing” by my teacher’s father, Ma Xianda. Ma Xianda is probably best known for his contributions to Modern Wushu and teaching Jet Li what would become his specialty set, Fanziquan. In fact, Ma Xianda was the… Continue reading Ma Xianda: A brief history of Duan Bing and its characteristics-短兵格斗简史及其特点