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Applying the yin Butterfly Knife to release an opponent's grip

The Butterfly Knives are unique in that they can be held in the normal manner, and also in a reverse manner. For convenience, we may refer to the normal way of holding the Butterfly Knives as the yang-way, and the reverse way as the yin-way.

This yin-yang way of holding the Butterfly Knives give us some useful techniques for combat. The yon-way is effective in close-body combat, and this video series shows some interesting applications.

You must, of course, be skillful in changing from the yang to the yin way of holding, and vice versa, quickly and spontaneously. Sequences 4 and 5 of the Butterfly Set provide some systematic practice

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Holding the Butterfly Knives the Yin-Yang Way

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This is the short Sequence 4 of the set where the Butterfly Knives are held in the normal way in one hand, and in the reverse way or the yin way in the other hand. The patterns where the Butterfly Knives are held in a yin-yang manner are “Jade Girl Throws Ball” and “Breeze Sways Floating Green”. The knives are held in the normal yang manner in “Colorful Swallows Flying Separately”, and in the yin manner in “Double Leopards Speed Through Jungle”. (The last pattern is not shown in the video clip.)

Colorful Swallows Flying Separately

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In the pattern “Colorful Swallows Flying Separately” the two knives should be thrust forward, and not spread sideways. This is a deadly pattern that cuts into the opponent's ribs.

Double Leopards Speed Through Jungle

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After the pattern “Colorful Swallows Flying Separately” is the pattern “Double Leopards Speed Through Jungle”, but this pattern is not shown in the video clip. Then turn around to “Double Lifting of Sun and Moon”, followed by three repetitions of “Double Leopards Speed through Jungle”.

Double Lifting of Sun and Moon

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“Double Lifting of Sun and Moon” is an effective way to counter an opponent gripping your two wrists. You do not just lift the knives against his arms, but slice them along.

Importance of Waist Movement and Footwork

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If an opponent grips your body from behind, “Lifting the Sun and Moon” is an effective counter. Waist movement and footwork are important in this counter.

Momentum from the Waist and Channeled through the Index Fingers

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When performing “Double Leopards Speed Through Jungfle”, the focus is at the ends of the hilts and not at the hooks of the knives. If you perform this thrusting movement incorrectly by using your thumbs at the hooks to push, you would hurt your hands. The pushing momentum comes from the waist and challenges through the index fingers.

Excellent for Close-Body Combat

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After three repetitions of “Double Leopards Speed Through Jungle” follow “”Bar the Big Boss” and “Black Tiger Guards Door”. These are very useful patterns for close-body combat. Do you know how to apply them?

Be Deadly or Be Merciful with the Same Patterns

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The class goes over Sequence 5 of the set. The patterns are three repetitions of “Double Leopards Speed Through Jungle”, and two repetitions of “Bar the Big Boss” and “Black Tiger Guards Door”. These few patterns can be deadly or used mercifully. Do you know the different applications?

Releasing a Wrist Grip

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Here is a simple way to release a wrist grip by an opponent. Use a merciful counter on your opponent. What deadly counter you could use if the opponent is a nasty person?

Disarming an Opponent's Knife

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Here is a way how you could disarm an opponent's knife. A set-back of this technique is that you need to use your two hands to disarm his weapon in one hand. The opponent's other hand is free, and will pose a danger if he is holding another weapon with that free hand.

Maneuvering an Opponent into an Awkward Position

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Here is another more effective as well as safer technique to disarm an opponent's weapon. There is still a risk of the opponent attacking with the other hand, especially if he is holding another weapon, but as you have placed yourself in an advantageous position and maneuvered him into an awkward stance, the risk is minimized.

Countering a Disarming Technique

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The roles are now reverse. An opponent grips an exponent's wrist and attempts to disarm the exponent. The exponent counters using “Bar the Big Boss”. Notice that the exponent automatically covers the opponent's hands to prevent him from a surprised attack. This automatic covering is due to systematic training where “safety first” becomes a natural reaction.

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Original - Yin-Yang Buttefly Knives and Close-Combat Applications from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

A picture-series of the set can be found here


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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