Historical Martial Arts, Jian Jing, Translations

Jian Jing劍經: Part 1-Preface

The Ming dynasty of China is one of the most impactful and formational periods in later Chinese history. Many great accomplishments came from the era, spurred on by a tumultuous society in flux. Toward the later part of the period a few things came together that are of massive importance to us in the Chinese… Continue reading Jian Jing劍經: Part 1-Preface

Dan Dao Fa Xuan, Historical Martial Arts, Translations

Dan Dao Fa Xuan: Part 3

Here is the last portion of Dan Dao Fa Xuan. These sections layout a set or routine to be practiced. As stated before, Cheng Zongyou revolutionized this text by including direct, non poetic descriptions of the movements. This continues in this section and provides one of the first clear, strep by step instructions of a… Continue reading Dan Dao Fa Xuan: Part 3

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