TRAVELING DRAGON THIRTEEN-TECHNIQUE SPEAR
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traveling dragon thirteen-technique spear

The spear against the three-sectional staff



The King of Weapons

The spear is considered the king of weapons because the spear shoot is technically the most difficult attack to defend against. Why is this so? It is because being light and long a spear can be speedily pulled back for another shoot after one is made.

If an opponent attempts to dodge a spear shoot, a skillful spearman would turn the spear at the opponent and shoots him again or slices him with the spear blade. If an opponent attempts to deflect the spear, the spearman would circle the spear around the opponent's weapon.


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Traveling Dragon Spear 1. Introducing the Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear

There are two main types of spears, namely the metal spears and the flower spears. Grandmaster Wong has three spear sets — a metal spear set called “Cross-road Throat-Locking Spear” from Uncle Righteousness, and two flower spear sets called “Traveling Dragon Spear” from his Sisook Shen Phooi of Uncle Righteousness' lineage, and “Thirteen-Technique Spear” from Sifu Choe Hoong Choy of Wing Choon. The set presented here is a composite set from “Traveling Dragon Spear” and “Thirteen-Technique Spear”, with some patterns from “Cross-road Throat-Locking Spear”.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 2. The Formidable Circling and Shooting Techniques of the Spear

The spear shoot is considered by many kungfu practitioners as the most formidable weapon attack because it is technically the most difficult to defend. The spear shoot is enhanced by the circling technique. Even if an opponent successfully defects a spear shoot and moves in to counter-attack, the spearman can negate the opponent's moves by circling the spear round the opponent's weapon. The circling may be clockwise or antic-clockwise. The circling and shooting are often used together, making the combined movement a highly effective way for both attack and defence.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 3. Using the Spear against the Butterfly Knives and the Big Knife

How would you defend against an opponent using a pair of Butterfly Knives or a Big Knife? A skillful exponent with Butterfly Knives can be very formidable. On the other hand, a Big Knife has the advantage of both length and weight. Besides other techniques, circling and shooting are very effective techniques of the spear against the Butterfly Knives and the Big Knife. Do you know how these techniques are used?

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Traveling Dragon Spear 4. The Spear against the Downward Chop and Reverse Sweep of the Big Knife

A Big Knife has the advantages of both length and weight. A downward chop of a Big Knife is therefore deadly. Blocking a chopping attack may result in the blocking weapon being broken, or exposing the defender to other subtle techniques of the Big Knife. One subtle technique of the Big Knife is a reversed sweep. Many people are caught by surprise by this technique. What spear techniques would you use to counter these attacks from a Big Knife?

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Traveling Dragon Spear 5. The Spear against the Versatile Three-Sectional Staff

The three-sectional staff is a highly versatile weapon. It can be used as a short weapon, a long weapon, a single weapon, a double weapon, a soft weapon or a hard weapon! When you block one part of the three-sectional staff, another part may hit you. A three-sectional staff may also lock or dislodge your weapon. How would you use a spear against the versatile three-sectional staff? The circling and the shooting techniques of a spear can be very useful counters against many three-sectional staff attacks.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 6. Circling and Shooting against the Three-Sectional Staff

Circling and Shooting are two essential techniques of the spear. Although a three-sectional staff is very versatile, you can use just these two techniques against it. What other spear techniques you can think of that are useful against a three-sectional staff? And for what combat purposes these circling and shooting techniques can be effectively used against the three-sectional staff or other weapons?

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Traveling Dragon Spear 7. Once you have the Skills, Learning Techniques become Fast and Easy

While it is a norm to learn a kungfu set in a few months, our participants in intensive as well as regional courses learn a set in a few days. Participants in this weapon course, for example, learn three new weapon sets as well as their combat applications in five days. One important reason why we can achieve this result is because we pay much attention to basics. By basics, we include fundamental skills like being relaxed and focused, generating energy flow, and attaining the six harmonies in our performance.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 8. Sharing Secrets of the Spear

Many secrets concerning the spear are shared here. The secret of waist rotation in directing internal force from the dan tian to the spearhead is demonstrated. The secret concerning the three external harmonies and the three internal harmonies is discussed. Combat applications of the spear that many masters keep as top secrets are revealed. There are also secrets hidden in the open for our students to discover.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 9. The Shoot -- the Most Representative and Most Deadly of Spear Techniques

The shoot is the most representative as well as the most deadly technique of the spear. It is regarded by many as technically the most difficult to counter. Therefore, no one would be considered competent in his chosen weapon until he knows and is able to counter a spear shoot. Many types of shoots are shown in this video series. They include shooting the spear from the centre, from the left, from the right, with feet together, and with one hand. The deadly “return horse shoot” is demonstrated. The importance of skills and tactics in the application of the shoot is also discussed.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 10. Learning Various Spear Techniques like Circling, Flicking and Lifting

Various ways of thrusting the spear, like reverse-thrusts and side-thrusts, are further demonstrated and explained in this video series. The deadly “reverse-thrust on the ground” is also shown. Besides the spear thrust, there are of course many other effective spear techniques. Techniques like “circling”, “flicking” and “lifting” are demonstrated.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 11. How would you Counter the Downward Chop of 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.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 12. Using the Spear like a Dagger or a Staff

A skillful exponent not only can shoot a spear in different ways, he can also use his long spear like a short dagger for close-body fighting. If he does not want to cause serious injuries on his opponents, he may use his spear like a staff. Or he may use an opponent spear to hurt the opponent himself. The video series here records some of these lessons.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 13. The Spear Thrust and the Spear Shoot

Besides piercing an opponent with the shooting-technique, you can also pierce him with the thrusting-technique. The thrust is “harder” than the shoot. Therefore it is preferred when piercing through hard objects, like an amour. The thrust is performed by moving the spear forcefully forward with both hands holding it. The shoot is performed by holding the spear with the front hand as a pivot, and gliding it forward with the back hand.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 14. Reviewing the first Five Sequences of the Set

It is incredible but the course participants learned the Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear Set in just one day. There are eight sequences in the set. The video series here record them reviewing the first five sequences that they have just learnt. The remaining three sequences will be shown later.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 15. Outside-Door and Inside-Door Applications

In kungfu circles in the past, combat applications could be classified as “moon-ngoi” (“men wai” in Mandarin) and “moon-noi” (“men nei”), which meqns “outside-door” or “inside-door”. “Outside-door” applications were meant for public demonstrations outside the doors of the school. “Inside-door” applications were taught only to trusted students who had been accepted inside the school doors. But today, the standard of combat application in kungfu is so low that most practitioners do not even know “outside-door” applications. They only know solo outward kungfu forms. We are so ridiculous — in the good sense — that we even reveal “inside-door” applications publicly in our video series and explanations.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 16. Covering the Four Corners against All Attacks

There are two main ways to classify weapon attacks — coming from four directions, and coming at three levels. From the four directions, weapon attacks may come from the top left, top right, bottom left and bottom right. From the three levels, weapon attacks may aimed at your top, middle or bottom. Covering the four corners will enable you to handle all types of weapon attacks regardless of whether the attacks come from any of the four directions or three levels.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 17. Remarkable Achievement at the Weapon Course

The participants were presently surprised that not only they learned the sets in record them, they could perform the patterns in ways that many other practitioners with many years of experience could not. Our course participants, for example, undersoodd the three harmonies of feet, body and hands that enabled them not only not to sustain injuries from their training but also attain maximum result with minimum effort. They also learned and practiced combat applications of basic patterns so that their performance became meaningful to them. They could relax and generate an energy flow in their peformance so that they were not tired even after some hours of vigorous practice.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 18. Making Flowers with the Spear

Literally, “khuen” means to tie around, and “fa” means flowers. But “khuen fa” is a kungfu term referring to a technique whereby you continuously and swiftly swing your weapon around yourself. The speed of your swing weapon is symbolized as flowers blossoming all around you. For lack of a better term, I would translate “khuen fa” as “making flowers” r “surrounding yourself with flowers”, generated by the fast swinging of your weapon. There are different ways of “making flowers”, but all of them have the common factor of your weapon spinning fast around yourself. It is not an easy technique to learn, but the video clips and explanations below will simplify the learning process.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 19. Various Ways of Making Flowers

Although “Making Flowers” is an important technique, it is not easy. Moreover, of the many people who practice the spear, not many know that there are different ways to making flowers. Hence, we spend quite some time practicing this important technique. We explore the numerous ways to make flowers, such as making “open flowers” and “close flowers”, using the left-hand spear or the right-hand spear, crossing hands on the left side or the right side, and moving in different stances. These video series will help the participants review the numerous lessons on making flowers.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 20. Confusing your Opponents with Variations and Changes in Making Flowers

“Making Flower” is a very useful composite technique comprising of a few different techniques. If you are skillful in applying this composite technique, it can be very formidable for both attack and defence. As there are numerous different ways of making flowers, you can confuse your opponent by changing from one way to another, often without your opponent realizing the subtle changes. You may, for example, use “close flowers” with your right hand in front, then suddenly change to “open flowers” with your left hand in front. The video series here provide many examples of such changes

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Traveling Dragon Spear 21. Learning the Spear Set in just Two Days

Some critics accuse our instructors of becoming instructors after only a few years of learning from Grandmaster Wong. The critics measure progress by the length of time one has spent on the art, whereas we measure progress by his attainment. Learning the Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear is a good example. Most other people would need a few months to learn the set, but the course participants learned it in just two days! Moe importantly, they attain more in two days than many others do in a few months. Nevertheless, learning the set in two days does not mean we are already proficient with the spear. We have to practice consistently to master the necessary skills.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 22. The Difference between Patterns and Techniques

Many kungfu practitioners may perform spear patterns well but may not know spear techniques. What is the difference between a pattern and a technique? If you use a Bow-Arrow Stance and shoot your spear straight ahead, this form is a pattern and is called “Green Dragon Shoots Pearl”. The way the spear is applied for combat is a technique, and this particular technique is called “spear”. The same pattern may execute different techniques, and the same technique may be executed by different patterns.

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Traveling Dragon Spear 23. The Thirteen Techniques of the Traveling Dragon Spear

The Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear is so called because the movements of the spear are like those of a dragon and there are thirteen main techniques. As a dragon, the movements are flowing and graceful but powerful. The thirteen techniques are ”huein” or circle, ”cheong” or spear, ”sou” or sweep, ”thiew” or flick, ”yew” or wave, ”phut” or brush, ”ka” or lift, ”ha ma” or ground, ”hui ma” or return-horse, ”chak shun” or sideways, ”phei shun” or slanting, ”pai tau” or shake head, and ”khuen fa” or make flowers

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A picture-series and a video series of the Thirteen-Technique Spear can be found here and here


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