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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates an application of the Butterfly Knives

Not many kungfu practitioners nowadays know how to apply their unarmed kungfu patterns for combat. Knowing combat application of weapons is naturally even less.

Surprising it may be, in many martial art schools today sustaining injuries in sparring is taken for granted. This is quite ridiculous. A main aim of practicing any martial art is not to be hurt at all in combat. This is expecially important in combat application with weapons.

In our school combat application, whether unarmed or with weapons, is not only injury free but also full of fun. Of course, one must be able to perform the weapons patterns in solo very well before using them in combat. As in unarmed combat, picture-perfect form is necessary to get the best technical advantages in weapon combat.

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Hurting an Opponent with his Own Weapons

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Grandmaster Wong shows a subtle counter against an opponent using the butts of his Butterfly Knives to attack you. You can kill him with his weapons! But to be merciful you may just slice his arms.

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Your Counter can be Mild or Severe

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What would you do if your opponent uses your weapons to hurt you? An effective counter is the versatile “Bar the Big Boss”. If he is a nice fellow, you can merely poke him with the butts of your Butterfly Knives; if he is nasty, you may slice him.

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Tips of Knives must be Pointing Outward

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Grandmaster Wong reminds the course participants that when they hold their Butterfly Knives in a reverse or yin-way, it is very important to ensure the tips are pointing away from their body. Do you know why?

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Using an Opponent's Momentum against Himself

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Grandmaster Wong demonstrates how you may use an opponent's momentum against himself when he attempts to push your Butterfly Knives back to you. Sifu Mark is quite surprised at Grandmaster Wong's counter. Do you know how this can be realized?

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Moving on to Sequence 6

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Having explained the combat applications of the Butterfly Knives held in the reverse way, which forms the principal aspect of Sequence 5 of the Butterfly Knives Set, Grandmaster Wong moves on to Sequence 6 where the Butterfly Knives are held in the normal way.

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Double Whips Strike Tiger

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Grandmaster Wong goes over the patterns in Sequence 6. They are “Double Whips Strike Tiger”, “Double Swallows Turn Body”, “Bail Moon from Sea Bottom” and “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”. Notice the difference between “Double Whips Strike Tiger” and “Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain” found in an earlier sequence.

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Why do you Turn Around?

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Why do you turn around after the pattern “Double Whips Strike Tiger” before moving forward? Why don't you move forward straight away without turning around? The turning around pattern is called “Double Swallows Turn Body”. Try to find out the answer before Grandmaster Wong tells you.

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Review of UK Summer Camp 2007 Weapon Course

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  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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