SOME APPLICATIONS OF THE PLUM FLOWER SABRE
Students at the Plum Flower Sabre Course in Frankdurt, Germany on 17th September 2009 not only learn the saber set but also its combat applications and philosophy. Some of the applications, including how to use a saber to counter a spear-thrust, are shown in the video series below.
1. Practicing Sabre-Force
Just as in unarmed combat, one must have force to use the saber competently for combat. The video clip here shows one of the ways to develop some saber-force.
2. The Formidable Spear
3. Deflecting and Countering a Spear-Thrust
4. Deflecting on the Right and on the Left
5. Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain
This pattern that chops an opponent's hand as he attacks with a chop is called "Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain".
6. Rain Washes Clear Sky
This pattern, which is used to deflect a chopping attack of a staff, is called "Rain Washes Clear Sky".
7. Snow Flakes Cover Head
8. Letting the Staff Glide Off
Use deflecting movements of a saber to let a staff glide off in its chopping momentum before counter-attacking the opponent.
9. Deflecting and Counter-Attacking
This is the tactic of "defence-cum-counter", deflecting an attack and counter-attacking immediately..
10. Deflecting a Horizontal Sweep
11. The Most Formidable Weapon Attack
12. Some Intricacies of the Spear-Thrust
13. Using a Spear as a Dagger
14. Countering Holds on the Spear
15. You Do Not Block a Spear Thrust
16. Counter against Pulling and Thrusting
What should you do if your opponent pulls back his spear and thrusts you again as you try to deflect it?
17. A Sophisticated Counter
Here is a sophisticated technique to overcome the pulling back and then thrusting of an opponent's spear. This pattern is called "Rain Washes Clear Sky".
18. Receive Wind Chop Tiger
19. Green Dragon Shoots Pearl
20. The Tactic of Defence-Cum-Counter
After deflecting an opponent's attack, move forward to chop him. This is the tactic of "defence-cum-counter", which is frequently used in the saber application.
21. No Defence Direct Counter
This is the tactic of no "defence direct counter". As an opponent moves in to attack you with a chop of his staff, you move in diagonally to chop his arm.