Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear

This is a merciful response to a downward chop from a Big Knife

How would you respond to the downward chop of a Big Knife? Blocking it, like what is shown in some kungfu movies, is an inferior response. It may result in the spear being chopped into two.

Two superior responses are demonstrated in this video series. The first one is merciful, merely slicing the attacker's hand. The second is deadly, resulting in serious or fatal injury to the opponent.

A picture-series and a video series of the set can be found here and here respectively.

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“Traveling Wrong Response to Downward Chop

This is a wrong way to respond to a downward chop from a Big Knife. But many people would respond in this way. This wrong response is also often shown in kungfu movies. Why is this response wrong?

“Traveling Deflecting a Downward Chop with a Slanting Block

Blocking a downward chop from a Big Knife slantingly is better as it deflects the Big Knife away, but it is not a preferred response. It places the exponent in a disadvantageous position allowing the opponent many possible follow-ups. An effective counter is to flick the opponent's wrist as he chops down his weapon.

“Traveling Flicking a Downward Chop

This is an effective response to a downward chop of a Big Knife or any bladed weapon, using the pattern “Lohan Flicks Oranges”. This is a merciful counter, merely slicing the opponent's hand. It is also a safe response. Even if you miss flicking the opponent's hand, his weapon would be unable to reach you.

“Traveling Golden Beam Supports Sea

A deadly response is “Golden Beam Supports Sea”, where you cut or pierce into the opponent's heart or other internal organs. The blunt end of the spear is used for this demonstration. It may look risky with the opponent's weapon above your head, but actually it is very safe as his weapon could not reach you even if you were slow.

You can view all the videos above by clicking the picture or the caption below

How would You Counter the Downward Chop of a Big Knife? from Wong Kiew Kit on Vimeo.

Review of UK Summer Camp 2007 Weapon Course

Traveling Dragon Spear and its Combat Applications

  1. Introducing the Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear
  2. The Circling and the Thrusting Techniques of the Spear
  3. Using the Spear against the Butterfly Knives and the Big Knife
  4. Spear Counters against the Downward Chop and the Reversed Sweep of a Big Knife
  5. The Spear against the Versatile Three-Sectional Staff
  6. Circling and Shooting against Various Sweeps
  7. Once you have the Skills, learning Techniques become Fast and Easy
  8. Sharing Secrets of the Spear
  9. The Shoot -- the Most Representative and Most Deadly of Spear Techniques
  10. Learning Various Spear Techniques like Circling, Flicking and Lifting
  11. How would you Counter the Downward Chop of a Big Knife?
  12. Using the Spear like a Dagger or a Staff
  13. The Spear Thrust and the Spear Shoot
  14. Reviewing the first Five Sequences of the Set
  15. Outside-Door and Inside-Door Applications
  16. Covering the Four Corners against All Attacks
  17. Remarkable Achievement at the Weapon Course
  18. Making Flowers with the Spear
  19. Various Ways of Making Flowers
  20. Confusing your Opponents with Variations and Changes in Making Flowers
  21. Learning the Spear Set in just Two Days
  22. The Difference between Patterns and Techniques
  23. The Thirteen Techniques of the Traveling Dragon Spear