Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear

Grandmaster Wong and Sifu Michael Chow demonstrate some free sparring between a flowing sword and a ferocious saber

Many people confuse the sword with the saber. In kungfu weaponry they are very different. The sword, called “jian” in Chinese, is double edged and is light and dainty. The saber, called “dao”, is single-edged and is heavy and forceful.

The saber can be very fast and forceful, and is often likened to a ferocious tiger. The sword is like a traveling dragon. Their techniques are very different. Using a sword like a saber, which is not uncommon in many kungfu movies, is a sure indication that the performer does not know the combat application of the sword.

Combat between a saber and a sword is interesting and illuminating. One is forceful and fast, like an invincible warrior who walks over any opponents. The other is flowing and elegant, like a wandering kungfu-knight flowing through life care-freely and enjoying it.

Sifu Michael Chow, who is an international champion in weapons uses the saber. Grandmaster Wong, who has mastered many weapons, uses the sword. It is a rare opportunity to see a champion meeting a master.

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“Shaolin Using the Sword like a Traveling Dragon

Grandmaster Wong uses his sword like a traveling dragon. Although Sifu Michael Chow comes in fiercely with his saber like a ferocious tiger, Grandmaster Wong controls the saber and then slices at Sifu Chow's arm to disarm him.
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“Shaolin Flowing with the Opponent's Movements

First, Grandmaster Wong explains how a sword should not be used to clash against an attacking saber. Then he demonstrates how to use the sword to control and slice the opponent. Notice the flowing movement of the sword. Mental clarity and agility are pre-requisites to apply these techniques effectively.
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“Shaolin Agile Wrist-Movement Crucial for Control

Sifu Michael Chow is not only ferocious with his saber, he is also very skillful. He is an international champion in weapons. Yet, Grandmaster Wong demonstrates masterful control of the situations. Agile wrist-movement, besides flowing body-movement, is crucial in such control.
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Sword against Sabre -- Traveling Dragon against Ferocious Tiger from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

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We wish to thank Sifu Emiko Hsuen and Sifu Michael Chow for providing these video clips

The Amazing Combat Application of the Traveling Dragon Sword