Learn Butterfly Swords (Baat Cham Dao) 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 butterfly swords develop fast, ambidextrous attacking skills and agile, multidirectional footwork. They teach you to aggressively close distance and overwhelm your opponents with speed and unpredictable attacks.
The Butterfly Swords are likely more formal versions of large Chinese meat cleavers, rather than military weapons. They are large bladed, top-heavy weapons that can deliver a powerful cleaving strike but are also effective at somewhat lighter cutting motions due to their shortness. Generally used in pairs, they are excellent close combat weapons thought to have been used by post-1800 civilian militia as they are easy to conceal and carry.
In this program, you will learn butterfly swords with the Tao Te Kung Fu Butterfly Sword 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 be sufficient so most people will need to work in a larger space or outside
A practice pair of Butterfly Swords, polypropylene practice swords are available. We do not recommend using metal swords to train with.
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.”