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Sandwich an opponent's spear shaft and move in to slice his hands

If an opponent attempts to hold your or disarm your Butterfly Knives, you can counter effectively by changing from your normal yang-grip to a reversed yin-grip.

How would you release your Butterfly Knives or your arms if an opponent locks them with his weapon? A skillful exponent of a Big Trident, for example, may employ the three prongs of the Trident to lock an opponent's weapons or break his arms.

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Is it Necessary to Turn the Body Around?

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Can any one tell the combat application of the pattern, “Double Swallows Turn Body”? Is it necessary to turn the body around after deflecting a spear thrust?

Sandwiching the Spear Shaft

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It is not necessary to turn the body around after deflecting the spear thrust to move in to counter attack the spearman because the spear head has past your body and you have one of the Butterfly Knives to guard the spear shaft. To be double sure you may sandwich the spear with your two knives, using the pattern “Sharp Knives Trim Bamboo”.

Turning Around to Avoid Spear Thrust?

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Sifu Mark Appleford asks whether the body turning is to avoid the spear thrust, without having to deflect it. This will make the counter faster as you will use one pattern instead of two. What do you think?

Li Hua Shakes Head

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In this situation turning the body around would be unsafe because the spearman can uses the spear-blade to slice you applying the pattern “Li Hua Shakes Head”. (Li Hua was a famous Turkish princess who married a Chinese general of the Tang Dynasty.)

Turning the Body to Release Lock

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The turning of the body is to counter against the Big Trident or any weapon that locks your Butterfly Knives. Martin reverses the spearhead and imagine that it is a Trident. As you chop at your opponent with your Double Butterfly Knives, he “locks” your weapons or your arms with the three prongs of his Trident. If he turns his Trident he can disarm your weapons or break your arms. Turning the body is an effective way to defend against this attack.

Three Purposes in One Movement

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The mechanic of the pattern “Double Swallows Turn Body” is demonstrated in detail. Not only you will release your Butterfly Knives or your arms from the lock of the Trident, you also avoid its possible thrust or smash, and counter-attack him. You achieve three purposes with one movement.

Difference between Bail Moon and Rhinoceros

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The other patterns of Sequence 6 include “Bail Moon from Sea Bottom” and “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”. Notice the difference between the two patterns.

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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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