Blog, Language

Taijquan or Tai chi Chuan: code switching and martial art  

I read a nice article today by Gene Ching, of Kung Taichi Magazine Fame, over on the YMAA website.  He speaks about the confusion that faces westerners in the naming and language issues that are present in Chinese martial arts, highlighted by the term Taijiquan. Or Tai Chi Chuan. Or T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Or how… Continue reading Taijquan or Tai chi Chuan: code switching and martial art  

Blog, Li Tianji, Translations

Li Tianji李天骥: Wudang Sword Methods

Like it or not, the continued existence of Chinese martial arts through the later part 20th century is largely due to modern Wushu. Many deride the modern sport as being a corruption of traditional martial art, trading substance for flash. And it is true, the current level of the sport is very far removed from… Continue reading Li Tianji李天骥: Wudang Sword Methods

Blog, Media and Reviews, Sword Lab, Weapon reviews

Resurrected: The Song Zhan Ma Dao宋 麻扎斬馬刀-Lk Chen Review

A legendary weapon that many were named after, the true Song Zhan Ma Dao is a mysterious and elusive beast. 6 pounds of steel, approximately 4-5 feet long, used in the wars with the Steppe Empires, and associated with the Great General Yue Fei. The name has been applied to many weapons in the past… Continue reading Resurrected: The Song Zhan Ma Dao宋 麻扎斬馬刀-Lk Chen Review

Blog, Gentleman's Sword, Translations

Gentleman’s Sword by Jin Yi-ming-君子劍-金一明

The Chinese Longsword has had a long history. But it is a sporadic one. It seems that while the jian its self has enjoyed an almost continuous place in the halls of honored weapons, the two handed sword waxes and wanes in and out of popularity through the years. The Han dynasty(202 BC – 9… Continue reading Gentleman’s Sword by Jin Yi-ming-君子劍-金一明

Blog, Historical Martial Arts, Sword Lab

Whats in a name? The Zhan Ma Dao as a Category 斬馬刀作为一个类别

A few years back, I made response to a historical based YouTube video about the Zhan Ma Dao斬馬刀 as it related to the Japanese weapon the ZanBato (meaning the same thing). The consternation was caused by a description of the weapon’s supposed use in battle. A use, it seems to me to be wholly fantasy.… Continue reading Whats in a name? The Zhan Ma Dao as a Category 斬馬刀作为一个类别