Traveling Dragon Thirteen-Technique Spear

Applying the circle-shoot technique against a 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?

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

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“Traveling Downward Strike of Three- Sectional Staff

An opponent strikes an exponent's head with his three-sectional staff. Many people would block the attack, as shown in some public demonstrations and movies. Blocking a soft weapon is not a good response. One of the sections may still hit you even when you have blocked successfully.

“Traveling Circle-Shoot to Counter Downward Strike

A good response to the downward strike of a three-sectional staff is to "cover" it with the circling technique, followed immediately with a shoot of the spear. You should have noticed by now that the circle-shoot technique of the spear can be used against many different types of attacks.

“Traveling Circle-Shoot against Double Weapons

As the exponent attacks with a spear shoot, the opponent sweeps it away with one section of his three-sectional staff, and counter-attacks with another section. Notice that here the opponent is using the three-sectional staff as double weapons. The exponent counters with the circle-shoot technique of the spear.

“Traveling Unwise to Block Strikes and Piercing Attacks with a Spear

The exponent shows the inferiority of blocking strikes from a three-sectional staff. When you have successfully blocked an attack from one section of the staff, the opponent attacks you with another section of his staff. Besides striking, he may poke or pierce at you like using a rod or a sword.

“Traveling Low-Level Techniques of Blocking with Spear Shaft

The exponent shows the low-level techniques of blocking with the spear shaft. The forte of a spear is its length and speed. Using a spear shaft to block does not take advantage of its strong points.

“Traveling Adjusting Spacing According to Length of Attack

A high-level response is to take advantage of the strong points of a spear. Irrespective of whether your opponent sweeps at you using the full length of his three-sectional staff, or using two sections or only one section, an effective counter is the circle-shoot technique. You would, of course, adjust the spacing of your retreat according to how long the range of his sweeping attack is. You can do so by adjusting the length of the shaft you pull back, or the spacing of your footwork

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

Circling and Shooting against Three-Sectional Staff 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
    Learning Various Spear Techniques like Circling, Flicking and Lifting
  10. How would you Counter the Downward Chop of a Big Knife?
  11. Using the Spear like a Dagger or a Staff
  12. The Spear Thrust and the Spear Shoot
  13. Reviewing the first Five Sequences of the Set
  14. Outside-Door and Inside-Door Applications
  15. Covering the Four Corners against All Attacks
  16. Remarkable Achievement at the Weapon Course
  17. Making Flowers with the Spear
  18. Various Ways of Making Flowers
  19. Confusing your Opponents with Variations and Changes in Making Flowers
  20. Learning the Spear Set in just Two Days
  21. The Difference between Patterns and Techniques
  22. The Thirteen Techniques of the Traveling Dragon Spear