Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear

The spear shoot is considered in kungfu circles to be the most formidable technique of all weapons because it is technically the most difficult technique to counter

There are two main types of spears, namely the metal spears and the flower spears. The metal spears were long and heavy, with the spear shaft usually made of heavy wood or metal. They were usually used for horseback fighting, and were the choice weapons of Chinese generals in the past.

The flower spears are a modern version of the classical metal spears. Flower spears are light and shorter than metal spears, with the spear shaft usually made of light wood or cane. Flower spears are usually used for foot fighting.

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”.

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

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“Traveling The Most Formidable Weapon Technique

A spear shoot is considered in kungfu circles as the most formidable weapon technique because it is technically the most difficult to counter. As a spear is light and therefore can be pulled back easily, a spear shoot is like a bullet shot from a gun.

“Traveling Metal Spears and Flower Spear

There are two main different types of spears today, namely the metal spear and the flower spear. The metal spear is so called because its shaft is usually made of metal. It is heavy and long, and was used on horseback in the past. The flower spear is short and light. Its shaft is usually made of light wood, and today is usually used on foot.

“Traveling The Metal Spear from Uncle Righteousness

The spear set Grandmaster Wong learned from Uncle Righteousness employs the metal spear. It is held with the right hand in front as it is quite heavy. The greeting pattern of the set and its typical pattern are demonstated.

“Traveling Difference in Holding a Metal Spear and a Flower Spear

The typical difference in holding a metal spear and a flower spear is shown. A metal spear being heavy is held with the hands holding the spear about two third from the spearhead, and the right hand is usually in front. A flower spear being light is held with hands holding the spear at the end of the shaft, usually with the left hand in front.

“Traveling Circling Technique of the Spear

This is the start of the Traveling Dragon Spear Set. The greeting pattern is called “Big Boss Invites Guests”. It is followed by a very important spear technique, namely circling. The circling here is anti-clockwise, executed in the pattern “Traveling Dragon Rolls Water”.

“Traveling Mechanics of the Circling Technique

Here is how the circling technique, both clockwise and anti-clockwise, is performed. The front left hand acts as a pivot. The circling is performed with the back right hand.

“Traveling Circling Technique in Clockwise and Anti-Clockwise Directions

The class performs the circling technique, in both the clockwise and anti-clockwise movements, at the Bow-Arrow Stance. This circling technique is very important in using a spear. Hence, it is worthwhile to spend some time doing it effectively.

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Introducing the Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear 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