Dao/Chinese Broadsword Fighting Techniques from Kung Fu Living
“Kung Fu – a passion pursued with discipline and a discipline pursued with passion.”
Kung Fu Living is a complete system that incorporates the most efficient techniques with modern teaching methods and takes advantage of the most recent developments in the neuroscience of skill acquisition.
The broadsword is unlikely to be something you will use in real self defence but the neurological patterns developed through learning these broadsword fighting techniques will augment all other weapons training and unarmed techniques. The use of continuous momentum is particularly vital in understanding how to use your own mass but also how to conserve your strength.
The broad sword is a brutal weapon, designed to be used on a battlefield with a continuous sweep and circling cuts, nobody would want to get in its way. The trick with such a weapon is to conserve your energy (your training weapon is likely to be polypropylene or such, so won’t have the weight of the real thing). If you stop and start with this weapon you will soon get tired as every acceleration and deceleration will sap your strength, but if you can keep it flowing, letting its weight and momentum do the work for you, it will feel like all you have to do is steer it.
In this program, you will learn the Tao Te Kung Fu Broadsword form (a form is a choreographed set of moves that enable you to learn the most useful techniques within the context of other techniques).
You will need:
A large space, a large living room might not be sufficient so most people will need to work in a larger space or outside
A practice Broadsword, polypropylene training swords are available. We don’t recommend using a real metal sword to practice.
The form is short enough to be remembered easily (this is martial arts, not memory training), and should be practiced until it can be done without thinking. Each form is put together in a way that if any part of it were used automatically, in a violent confrontation, it would deliver a conflict winning combination.
The program is set out for you to train every day using several short videos. Adding to your skills in easy to follow steps, you will build superb combat skills that will become second nature to you.
Some videos are called Repeat Drills, these are of simple techniques that you need to learn so that you can do them without thinking. Once you press play, they will simply repeat continuously until you hit stop. This will enable you to practice each movement many times with a constant visual reference to help you get it right. You don’t want to practice until you get it right, you want to practice until you can’t get it wrong.
It is tempting to rush ahead, but you will find that to learn these skills thoroughly, it is best that you master each part as you go even if that means repeating the same day several times. Excellence takes patience and determination. Remember “Kung Fu” means “mastery through discipline.”