TRAVELING DRAGON SWORD AND ITS APPLICATION
OVERVIEW

Traveling Dragon Sword

The Traveling Dragon Sword

The Traveling Dragon Sword is the favorite weapon of Grandmaster Wong. The video series shows some of the lessons of the regional course on the Traveling Dragon Sword taught in Switzerland on 27th, 28th and 31st August 2009, highlighting some special features in using a sword, the Traveling Dragon Sword set, and its combat applications.


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How to Execute the Signature Sword Technique Correctly

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Grandmaster Wong explains how to handle a sword correctly, including holding the sword-finger. Then he demonstrates how to execute the signature sword technique, the sword thrust, paying attention to waist rotation and channeling spiral force to the tip of the sword. This pattern is called "Green Dragon Shoots Pearl".

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Dont Use s Sword like a Sabre

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A common mistake many students make is to use a sword like a saber. A saber is forceful and is often swung round the exponent's body. A sword is gentle and is never swung round the exponent's body. The movements of a saber come mostly from the shoulder, whereas those of a sword come from the wrist. A sabre is like a ferocous tiger; a sword is like a graceful dragon.

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Learning the Traveling Dragon Sword Set - Sequences 1 to 5

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The dainty Chinese sword is often described as a dancing phoenic, but the Shaolin sword, while graceful, is more forceful, and is described as a traveling dragon. Its performance, therefore, should resemble a majestic dragon traveling through the clouds in heaven.

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Learning the Traveling Dragon Sword Set - Sequences 5 to 8

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Agility and wrist-work are very important in using a Chinese sword. The tassel at the tip of the sword-handle is meant to help students train good wrist-work. If the wrist-work is faulty, the tassel will be entangled in the wrist.

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Learning the Traveling Dragon Sword Set - Sequences 9 to 12

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Sword movements are very beautiful to watch. Some people may wonder whether these beautiful movements can be used for fighting. Of course, they are as combat effective as they are beautiful. Subsequent video clips will show some of their remarkable combat applications.

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Two Approaches in Learning Combat Application

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There are two main approaches in learning combat application in both unarmed and armed combat, namely situation-pattern approach and pattern=situation approach. In the situation-pattern approach we examine various combat situations and find out suitable patterns from our sword set to handle these situations. In the pattern-situation approach we find out how the various patterns in our sword set can be used in combat. Here, Grandmaster Wong demonstrates some important ways how a sword should and should not be used in combat.

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Working out Applications to Meet Combat Situations

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After some explanation and demonstration by Grandmaster Wong, course participants work on their own to find out how to apply the sword to handle various combat situations. This is the situation-pattern approach. The course participants not ony gain much insight into sword application, they also have a lot of fun.

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The Importance of Avoiding the Opponent's Strength

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Sifu Ronny and Sifu Roland work out some effective ways in applying a sword against a staff. An important principle is to avoid the opponent's strength. Applying this principle they work out many effective techniques to counter attacks from a staff.

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Against a Guan Dao and a Samurai Sword

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The Chinese sword is a dainty weapon. How would you use this dainty weapon against a long, heavy weapon like a Guan Dao, or a ferocious weapon like a Samurai sword? Course participants have a lot of fun working out counters against attacks from these weapons. They also discover some important principles.

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Agile Footwork and Picture-Perfect Form

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When working out counters to handle various combat situations, the course participants discover some important principles of good swordsmanship. One important principle is to flow with the opponent's momentum. To achieve this, it is necessary to have agile footwork and picture-perfect form.

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Flowing with the Opponent's Momentum

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Unlike with a saber which you may use to block or deflect, you do not clash your dainty sword with an opponent's weapon. Hence, it is of utmost importance that you have agile footwork and correct spacing to avoid the opponent's attacks. Never, for example, go directly into the momentum of your opponent.

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From Pattern to Situation in Combat Application

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From "situation to pattern", shown in Parts 6 to 11 of this video series of the Traveling Dragon Sword, is one of the two main approaches in learning combat application. The other approach is "from pattern to situation", shown in Parts 12 to 22. After explaining some fundamental principles and demonstrating some examples, Grandmaster Wong asks the course participants to work out the combat application of some patterns they select. It is heartening that they come out with good results. A few demonstrate some excellent applications.

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Correct Spacing is of Utmost Importance

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Unlike a saber which can be used to block an opponent's weapon, a sword is too dainty for this purpose. Right spacing, so that you are safely away from the opponent's weapon, is therefore of utmost importance. Notice the huge difference spacing can make in the situations shown in the videos although both the attacking and the countering techniques remain the same.

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The Deadly and the Merciful Aspects of Swordsmanship

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The sword can be deadly or merciful, depending on the intention of the swordsman. Both these aspects are shown in the combat applications worked out by the course participants themselves. Patterns like "Green Dragon Shoots Pearl" and "Golden Dragon Shoots Tongue" can kill an opponent in one move, whereas "Phoenix Dots Head" and "Point at Stars Look at Moon" merely disarm or disable an opponent from combat. But of course the final decision to be deadly or merciful lies with the swordsman, not the techniques.

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Sword Patterns are as Combat Effective as they are Beautiful and Poetic

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Sword patterns are not only beautiful to watch, their names are also very poetic, like "Separate Mist to Find Silence", "Point at Stars Look at Moon", and "Dry Mist on Lotus Platform". It is a big mistake to think that they are only decorative and poetic; they are very effective in combat. Of course, the sword exponent must not only know their combat application but also has the skills to use them. Sadly, most students who practice with a sword today only perform its beautiful forms.

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Subtleties of the Sword and the Spear

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The sword is a very subtle weapon, capable of many intricate techniques that opponents may not even think possible. Sifu Ronny Singer, for example, uses the pattern "Traveling Dragon Rolls Clouds" to disarm an opponent with a Samurai sword, giving him no chance to escape. But, of course, the swordsman must also be careful of the subtleties of other weapons. Here Grandmaster Wong shows some subtle techniques of the spear.

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Kungfu, Armed or Unarmed, is Alive

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Kungfu, armed or unarmed, is alive; we should not limit ourselves to rigidity. If a pattern is performed in a Single-Leg Stance in a set, for example, it does not mean that we must always use it in that stance. If the situation warrants it, we may perform the same pattern in a different stance, as in the pattern "Night Guard Tests Sea" performed here in a Bow-Arrow Stance whereas it appears in the Sword set in a Single-Leg Stance.

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Great Skills and Techniques are Needed in Using a Sword

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If you are big and strong and defeat a small-sized opponent, it is due to your physical strength and is nothing spectacular. But if you are small-sized, and you defeat a big, strong opponent, it is due to your skillful use of sophisticated techniques. Similarly, if you use a dainty weapon like a sword, you need great skills and techniques to defeat opponents using long, heavy weapons. Here, course participants use the sword to defeat opponents using a Samurai sword, a staff and a Guan Dao which are physically stronger.

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Against Heavier as well as Lighter Weapons

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A Chinese sword (jian) is different from a saber (dao). Indeed a tell-tale sign that a person does not know how to use a sword is when he uses it like a saber, like using it to block a heavy weapon. On the other hand, how would you use a sword against an even lighter and faster weapon like a rapier?

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The Sword was the Choice-Weapon of Kungfu-Knights

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The sword was the choice-weapon of kungfu-knights (jian-xia or free-lance kungfu experts who were chivalrous and often wholesomely amorous) in the past. Instead of killing or maiming their opponents, the kungfu-knights usually just disarmed them or demonstrated their superior swordsmanship over them, like tearing their clothing with the tip of the sword. These video clips provide you with some techniques to be kungfu-knights. Of course you also need the necessary skills.

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Combat Applications of Some Sophisticated Patterns

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Some of the sword patterns are so sophisticated that their combat applications are not obvious, and they look like decorative patterns merely for show. Some examples are "Dark Phoenix Spreads Wings", "Carry Moon in Bosom" and "Green Dragon Washes Claws". Grandmaster Wong asks the course participants to work out the combat applications of these sophisticated patterns. You may be surprised at some of the results.

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They are as Beautiful to Watch as they are Combat Effective

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Do you know how these patterns are used in combat: "Green Dragon Plays with Water", "Traveling Dragon Rolls Clouds", "Dragonfly Dots Water", and "Reverse Hanging of Purple Bell"? They are as beautiful to watch as they are combat effective. Before the course, most of the course participants had no idea of their combat functions. But towards the end of the course, they come out with very sophisticated applications. This training also enables them to understand combat applications of patterns they see for the first time.

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LINKS

Traveling Dragon Sword and its Application

  1. How to Execute the Signature Sword Technique Correctly
  2. Don't Use a Sword as a Sabre
  3. Learning the Traveling Dragon Sword Set - Sequences 1 to 5
  4. Learning the Traveling Dragon Sword Set - Sequences 5 to 8
  5. Learning the Traveling Dragon Sword Set - Sequences 9 to 12
  6. Two Approaches in Learning Combat Application
  7. Working out Applications to Meet Combat Situations
  8. The Importance of Avoiding the Opponent' Strength
  9. Against a Guan Dao and a Samurai Sword
  10. Agile Footwork and Picture-Perfect Form
  11. Flowing with the Opponent's Momentum
  12. From Pattern to Situation in Combat Application
  13. Correct Spacing is of Utmost Importance
  14. The Deadly and the Merciful Aspects of Swordsmanship
  15. Sword Patterns are as Combat Effective as they are Beautiful and Poetic
  16. Subtleties of the Sword and the Spear
  17. Kungfu, Armed or Unarmed, is Alive
  18. Great Skills and Techniques are Needed in Using a Sword
  19. Against Heavier as well as Lighter Weapons
  20. The Sword was the Choice-Weapon of Kungfu-Knights
  21. Combat Applications of Some Sophisticated Patterns
  22. They are as Beautiful to Watch as they are Combat Effective


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