Tiger Sword School
Class ranking as part of the curriculum.
CHINESE MILITARY SABER
Our training and instruction brings to life the Dadao (Big-Knife, Military Two-handed Broadsword) used by the Chinese military during the Japanese invasion of China in the pre-WWII (first and second Sino-Japanese Wars) era and celebrates a Chinese victory at the battle of the Great Wall, in which the Dadao and the Katana were actually pitted against each other. The sword is ruggedly built to handle heavy-duty cutting.
During the winter of 1933, the Chinese Army was falling back, being pushed south out of Manchuria by the Japanese army. In order to buy the main army time to retreat and regroup, the Dadao Dui (Big Knife Unit) was ordered to protect a 30 mile segment of Great Wall at Xifengkou, a strategic stronghold, as well as 1 of 3 important passes. The Dadao Dui, formerly known as the 29th Army Corp, was under the command of Capt. Song Zheyuan. When the Japanese Guangdong Army attacked, the outnumbered, out gunned 29th dug in to meet them, with Capt. Song writing. “I’d rather be a dead ghost than surrender.” After heavy losses on March 9, the 29th decided that a sneak night time attack was their best strategy. At midnight, two groups of soldiers, totaling 500 men, took up their dadao with the orders, “Only forward, no retreat, until you die.” With both sides exhausted from the day’s fighting, the Japanese were not expecting an attack and were caught off guard as the 500 attacked from two directions. Caught totally off guard, the Chinese killed many hundreds of Japanese in their sleep, capturing more than 10 machine guns & setting fire to supply vehicles. But this first of Chinese victories in the war did not come without its costs. Of the 500 men of the Dadao Dui who attacked that night, only about 30 survived. Their sacrifice saved their comrades and clearly demonstrated the Dadao to be a very effective, close quarter weapon when facing katana and as a tool of ambush, even in an age of modern warfare (where most rifles being used were bolt actions). Indeed, the dadao was such an effective weapon that special steel collars were issued to Japanese frontline troops.
The Dadao was such a deadly close combat weapon that it generally only took one precise strike to kill the enemy. The Dadao was so popular among the Chinese soldiers that they had a marching song dedicated to the great sword.
The Way Tai Chi System(c) holds classes with a specifically developed curriculum for this dadao based on its military 20th century use.
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Beginner Training Manual for Big-Knife
Beginner Tiger Sword Bayonet H2H Method techniques.
Make your own BASTNER(c); Dadao Trainer for under $10.00. Instructions below.
Tiger Bayonet H2H Method will be incorporated into training of the Big-Knife.
KUNG FU ORIGINS
Over the centuries of development in China, Kung Fu has become a large system containing various schools or sects. It is recorded that there are over 300 distinct types of boxing existing around that country. The styles in northern and southern China are quite different. Therefore it is hard to be simply classified.
Many Chinese martial arts styles are based or named after legends or historical figures. Examples of such styles based on legends and myths are the Eight Immortals and Dragon styles. Example of styles attributed to historical figures include Xing yi and its relationship to Yue Fei and T'ai chi which trace its origins to a Taoist Zhang Sanfeng. According to legend, Chinese martial arts originated during the semi-mythical Xia Dynasty (夏朝) more than 4,000 years ago. It is said the Yellow Emperor Huangdi (legendary date of ascension 2698 BCE) introduced the earliest fighting systems to China. The Yellow Emperor is described as a famous general who, before becoming China’s leader, wrote lengthy treatises on medicine, astrology and the martial arts. One of his main opponents was Chi You (蚩尤) who was credited as the creator of jiao di, a forerunner to the modern art of Chinese Wrestling. And their histories are sometime based more in myth and legend than in fact. Some Kung fu styles even have folklore tales that help preserve their rich histories, remembering in every legend there is both myth and truth.
Chinese swordsmanship encompasses a variety of sword fighting styles native to China. No Chinese system teaches swordsmanship exclusively (as is the case with modern sports such as fencing or kendo), but many eclectic schools of Chinese martial arts include instruction for using one or two-handed versions of the single-edged sword (dao) and the double-edged sword (jian). In China, the dao is considered one of the four traditional weapons, along with the gun (stick or staff), qiang (spear), and the jian (sword). It is considered "The General of All Weapons". Many Chinese martial arts styles teach swordsmanship.
Here is one of those folktale’s we were discussing specifically including the Dadao that you may enjoy.