Historical Martial Arts, Media and Reviews, Sword Lab, Weapon reviews

In Pursuit of Double Dragons: A Sui Dynasty Dao

A closeup of the hilt of the Mackay Sui Dao from the collections of the Met. Note that the hilt of this sword is not actually broken, its image was manipulated for this photo. The Archeology of Dragons Today’s story begins with two, seemingly unrelated, artifact finds.  In 1930 two Chinese sabers (dao) believed to… Continue reading In Pursuit of Double Dragons: A Sui Dynasty Dao

Historical Martial Arts, Media and Reviews, Weapon reviews

Ben Judkins: More Swords from LK Chen

Ben Judkins returns with another great review oof sword form LK Chen! Please check out thee original post on Kung Fu Tea! LK Chen’s Magnificent Chu Jian. Source: LKChenswords.com Rediscovering a Lost Sword Culture A single puzzle piece is useless on its own. Sometimes it takes one mystery to illuminate another.  Such is the case with… Continue reading Ben Judkins: More Swords from LK Chen

Dan Dao Fa Xuan, Historical Martial Arts, Translations

Dan Dao Fa Xuan: part one

The martial arts manual is a core piece of modern martial arts lore. The book that contains secret techniques and methods for defeating your enemy is story that is told in countless movies, TV shows, and novels. What surprises most Practitioners of Chinese martial art, is that in China, the grand majority of the oldest… Continue reading Dan Dao Fa Xuan: part one

Historical Martial Arts, Media and Reviews, Weapon reviews

Ben Judkins- Mulan, the Hidden Hilt Dao and the Dragon Sparrow: LK Chen Explores the Northern Dynasties

This is a review and article that our Knight and Council member Ben Judkins has written on his blog "Kung fu Tea". He reviews three exquisite swords from new sword maker LK Chen. As always, Ben brings his scholarly perspective and insight to some fascinating objects. Enjoy: Mulan as she appreared in “New Poems and… Continue reading Ben Judkins- Mulan, the Hidden Hilt Dao and the Dragon Sparrow: LK Chen Explores the Northern Dynasties

ChaoXian ShiFa, Historical Martial Arts, Translations

Ban Tou: Leopard Head Strike

The third entry from Mao Yuan Yi's ChaoXian Shifa 朝鮮勢法 (Korean Stances) we will look at is the "ban tou" or Leopard Head Strike. The technique is familiar to a great many arts and find a number of iterations within the Wubei Zhi. Ban tou is related to two previous entries, Ju Ding and Zuo… Continue reading Ban Tou: Leopard Head Strike