BUTTERFLY KNIVES AGAINST A SABER

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Grandmaster Wong applies “Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves” to counter Sifu Anthony's thrust with a saber

A saber is both heavier and longer than Butterfly Knives. It is also very agile. These factors give a saber many advantages. How would you, then, defend against a saber?

Butterfly Knives have other advantages. As they are in pairs, a practitioner may use one knife to cover the saber, and the other knife to counter-strike. Their sturdiness due to their shorter length gives them better control and solidness when covering a saber.

This video series gives some examples how you may use Butterfly Knives to counter thrusting and chopping attacks from sabers. It also shows how you may escape from an ambush using the pattern “Whirlwind Sweeps Leaves”.

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Sequences 1 and 2 of the Set

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Grandmaster Wong leads the class in performing the first two sequences of the set called “Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain” and “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon” after their principal patterns. The combat applications shown earlier are taken from these two sequences

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Kungfu is for Practical Use

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After the pattern “Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves” in Sequence 2 is the continuously moving pattern “Whirlwind Sweeps Leaves” completed in the pattern “Jade Belt Circulates Waist”. Depending on our purpose, these two patterns may be performed as the end of Sequence 2 or the beginning of Sequence 3. In case those used to compartmentalized thinking may find this disturbing, be assured that this is normal in kungfu. Kungfu is geared to practical use; wherever these two patterns are more useful in a particular situation, we place them there — in practice as well as in actual combat.

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Whirlwind Sweeps Leaves

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates the pattern “Whirlwind Sweeps Leaves” slowly so that the participants can follow more easily. Notice the direction of the sharp blades while sweeping. This pattern is useful for fighting you way out of an ambush.

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An Application of Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves

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Grandmaster Wong shows an application of “Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves” against a saber thrust. He covers Sifu Anthony's saber with his left knife and simultaneously slashes Sifu Anthony with his right knife.

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Counter against a Saber Chop

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“Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves” can also be used against a chopping attack from a saber. The left blade is used to deflect the chop following its momentum, while simultaneously the right blade slashes at the opponent. It is important to deflect the saber in such a way that its downward movement does not hurt your right arm.

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Coordination of Hands, Body and Feet

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates again the patterns learnt thus far. He reminds the course participants to rotate their waist when performing a diagonal slash in “Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain”, but they must be forceful while being fluid. There should be good coordination of hands, body and feet, expressed as the “three external harmonies”.

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Circular Movements to Deflect Weapons

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After performing “Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain” on the left and the right side, you now move diagonally forward to the left, the right and the centre. Then you move back first to “Jade Girl Combs Hair”, then to “Jade Belt Circulates Waist”. Grandmaster Wong emphasizes the circular movements above the head, which as you have seen in the earlier video clips, are very useful for deflecting opponents' weapons.

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Breaking Free from an Ambush

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From “Jade Belt Circulates Waist” shown in the previous video clip, you proceed to Sequence 2 of the set by moving forward diagonally to your right, and then to your left performing “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”, “Phoenix Spreads Wings” and “Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves”. Grandmaster Wong reminds the class to sink down the hip at “Butterflies Flying Separately” between the two right and left parts. The pattern “Whirlwind Sweeps Leaves” is effective in breaking free from an ambush. Notice the sweeping positions of the blades. The concluding pattern is “Jade Belt Circulates Waist” which is the same pattern at the start of the sequence.

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LINKS

Review of UK Summer Camp 2007 Weapon Course

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  1. Introducing the Butterfly Knives
  2. Fierce Tiger and Moon-Gazing Rhinoceros
  3. How would you Counter a Spear Thrust?
  4. Counters against Chops and Sweeps of Other Weapons
  5. Butterfly Knives Against a Saber
  6. The Secret of Performing Butterfly Knives with Force and Speed but Without being Tired
  7. Yin-Yang Butterfly Knives and Close-Combat Applications
  8. Some Interesting Applications of Butterfly Knives Held in Reverse
  9. Combat Training with Weapons Must be Injury Free
  10. How do you Release your Butterfly Knives from being Locked?
  1. Learning to Make Flowers Systematically
  2. Combat Applications of Double Butterflies Flying
  3. Human-Character and Cross-Road are Found Here
  4. Kungfu Training and Mental Clarity
  5. Learning the Combat Applications of the Butterfly Knives against Other Weapons
  6. The Benefits of Combat Training with Classical Weapons
  7. From Slow and Systematic to Fast and Spontaneous
  8. First-Class Kungfu Calls for Great Skills and Techniques

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