Classical Shaolin Quan

Volume IV

Jun Da Dao Shu
(Military Big Saber Art)
by

Huang Honfan And Huang Honchao
translated by Joseph Crandall

Smiling Tiger Martial Arts Pinole, CA 94564

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but not everywhere. One need not join the army in order to learn it. My teacher. It has been used on battlefields from ancient times. That is why I wrote this book. I have written this book so that the style can be spread everywhere.Preface The Severing Horse Saber has a big edge and short handle. used the Fan Gong secret skills to change and simplify the training for use in modern times. It was used extensively in battle. 3 . Therefore the military authorities look for experts to drill and teach the big saber. My country’s military authorities have trained its citizens to protect themselves for thousands of years. They were trained to use the point and the edge and instill fear in the enemy. The cavalry fears it. It is good for protecting oneself when surrounded by the enemy. It is especially good for chopping the legs of horses. I visited the Luo family in order to learn this skill. It is a good infantry weapon. Luo’s style became famous in some places. Luo. Mr. In autumn of 1938.

The edges rise up 0. The circumference of the hilt is 11 inches. and teacher. sabers were considered to be composed of five elements. The approximate diameter is 3. and earth.An Description of the Saber The length. The middle section is 2. earth. It really implies that it has other meanings. self. fire.5 inches. martial artists have been fond of "precious sabers" and "precious swords". These elements are metal. the saber tip makes heaven. When you hold the saber upright next to your side. The correct way is found in the old martial arts of my country. and teacher. 4 . and is therefore not leisurely undertaken. country. is 18 to 20 inches.75 inches. water. king. One is so that I get an idea of its true length. If it exceeds this then perhaps a short person can use it as a long weapon or a large person can use it as a short weapon. Two is so that the saber and scabbard are properly displayed. the focus is on the five elements. Without a doubt. The back of the blade makes the king. The lower end near the hilt is 1. the tip of the saber should come up to the shoulder. We can capitalize on the teacher’s words according to the true transmission of Shaolin fighting. in both ancient and modern times. You really never see it [the precious saber] waved about. When you hold up the saber. from the guard to the tip.2 inches. Since ancient times. The lower edge makes earth. It is moved with dignity (like a female slave dresses the wife). Those that owned a quality precious sword would grasp the scabbard and gradually pull it out in order to examine its edge and point. The handle is long and slightly curved. wood.5 inches long. In the saber they are called heaven. And the handle makes the teacher. Those that do it this way are putting on airs and making themselves look foolish. I examine all its details. Also in the Republic it has been changed to become heaven. The handle is 9.2 inches. minister. Width at the upper end is 3 inches.4 inches. This is a poor way to judge the quality of a sword. The back of the saber is 0. earth. The edge is thin and sharp. The hilt makes the minister. Ancient and Modern Types of Sabers Examined In ancient times. This whole saber is drawn out in order to examine it.

I must use the sitting coiling lower blocking form to cut across it. Middle picture: When the opponent uses a long weapon to sweep across my lower area. Huang Honfan is wielding the staff Huang Honchao is wielding the saber 5 . Lower picture: Practicing the form “Cross shaped Horizontal Saber”.Upper picture: When the opponent uses a long weapon to strike down on me. I use the counter-clockwise saber reverse upward assist.

Explanation: Pick a spot in the west to make the beginning. This saber posture is used to open the form. The right arm makes a level straight line. The edge of the saber faces outwards towards the east. 2. The back faces north. it will fall into emptiness. The front faces south. Pull the right foot back to make a right sitting tiger step. Keep it still. It doesn’ matter how fierce t the attack is. Hold the Saber Center Level Form. The right hand hangs down by the side of the leg. The right hand grasps the saber near the hilt and replaces the left hand. Level Raise the Saber Form. This is the core of the saber method.1. I return the strike. Function: He uses a long weapon like a spear or staff to try to kill me. I can still do this. The left faces east and the right faces west. First the left foot steps back half a step. The left hand moves down to the pommel and grasps at that position. After it falls into emptiness. it shouldn’ wave about. Knowledge of this method is one of the mysteries of this weapon. It does not matter how much power he tries to use on me. Raise the tip of the saber up. I quickly use both hands to raise the saber up with a flicking action. then it is t easy to have the bad practice of a dancing saber. Explanation: From the above form. If not. The saber points up and the tip sticks next to the outside of the shoulder. Your attention is focused towards the front. It causes the incoming weapon to slip down to the left or right. The left hand tiger’ mouth faces down and grips close to the hilt of s the saber. 6 .

this posture must be quick and cause injury. I instantly use the method of pulling the saber back to pare the incoming posture. Climb the Mountain. Function: He uses a staff to strike my kneecap. Sever the Enemy’ Skull. Advance inside his weapons range to make him regret his error. Function: He uses his weapon to strike down diagonally to my right side.3. I instantly advance my horse to get near him. s Explanation: From the above form. Sever the Enemy’ Skull . making the closed form. 7 . First raise the left rear foot. Simultaneously bring the saber towards the front and cut slightly diagonally to the north or left side. This method pares along the inside of the weapon. s Explanation: From the above form. The saber then strokes diagonally from the lower rear to the upper front direction. Leaping Step. Then using the back of the saber. reverse to the lower rear part and return. If the weapon is long it is easy to take it by force from a superior posture. My saber can then strike him. (see the transition form) Then leap towards the front and make a right climb the mountain step. The right foot steps forward to make a right climbing the mountain form. Also the right arm is level. I use the saber to diagonally stroke his neck area. 4. Then I leap forward and bring the saber up to split his neck area. To be a good technique.

In general. I first shoot his horse. Lift the saber up like in the picture of the transitional form. First raise the right foot to make the single standing form. Explanation: From the above form. 8 . First change from the right climb the mountain step to make the right lying leg. Then I jump back and split his weapon with my saber and cause him to have to change. Horizontal Sever the Horse. To strike the man. from above. Lying Leg. Sneak Away. Therefore when severing. Instantly he strikes at my lower body or knee area. Function: He moves his head to evade my splitting his neck. If his is careless. The saber. I can wound his foot. you must first strike his hand. Then jump back towards the west. He moreover raises his horse and I do battle. This is also one of the fundamental qualities of the Sever the Horse Saber. do not forget to wound in the lower areas. I quickly move the front edge of the saber and cause him to have to consider his danger. The saber pares down along the upper side of the left from the north and strongly strokes back toward the south. Explanation: From the above form. 6. Horizontal Sever the Horse. The edge of the saber faces back to the south with the appearance of strength. Function: He slips past my saber.5. The idea is that in order to shoot the man . He is injured and lamed by my severing his raised horse. I raise my leg to evade him. strokes diagonally above your thigh. take a half step and make a right lying leg form.

Sitting Tiger. Double Raise the Saber. I return the strike. The saber then diagonally strokes from the lower rear to the upper front direction. I can still do this.7. t it will fall into emptiness. It does not matter how much power he tries to use on me. First pull back the right foot and make a right sitting tiger form. Function: He uses a staff to strike my kneecap. Then using the back of the saber reverse to the lower rear part and return. Explanation: From the above form. turns to point upwards. (see the transition form) Then leap towards the front and make a right climb the mountain step. 8. Then I leap forward and bring the saber up to split his neck area. s Explanation: From the above form. Knowledge of this method is one of the mysteries of this weapon. Leaping Step. First raise the left rear foot. Function: He uses a long weapon like a spear or staff to try to kill me. It doesn’ matter how fierce the attack is . It causes the incoming weapon to slip down to the left or right. I instantly use method of pulling the saber back to pare the incoming posture. Sever the Enemy’ Skull. After it falls into emptiness. 9 . The saber. from the lower horizontal paring method. I quickly use both hands to raise the saber up with a flicking action. This is the core of the saber method.

Rotating Turning Sitting Coiling Saber. Function: In winding around. Moreover you can use this turn to seek out the enemy’ s weak points. Wind Around. Function: He uses his weapon towards my lower area to force his way inside. It contains the technique with the intent of striking twice. The turning and sitting coiling must be smooth. The feet don’ change. you can use this to attack his weak points. I instantly reverse the back of the saber to carry off the incoming weapon. 10 . from the rear. Have the edge of the saber face downwards. When you become sensitive with this method. then goes back in a circle. use this saber method to help protect your upper body. the saber returns and scoops downwards. At the end of the circle. Then raise the right foot to make a right climb the mountain form. (see the transition picture) Then the left foot steals a step towards the front making a sitting coiling step. Then I steal inside half a step turn the saber up to split his face. Bring the t saber back next to the left shoulder. Explanation: From the above form. Sever the Enemy’ Skull. The sitting coiling and severing must be quick. From the high posture. First the feet do not change. Step around in a circle. The saber splits down diagonally to the front from the shoulder area. it then splits down to the front.9. 10. s Explanation: From the above form. (see the transition picture) Then turn to the left. The saber.

11 . First raise the right foot. And then he attacks my lower area. work arduously at it. If you are not good. The feet don’ change their t positions. Explanation: From the above form. The saber chops down towards the front from above. The saber. the distance is one step. 12. Function: He frames my block the waist method. turn back and chop down on his weapon. Then make the right climb the mountain form.11. Function: He decides to use his weapon to stop me from severing his neck. I raise my leg to evade him as before. I wait until he is close and quickly slip my saber horizontally to cut his waist. by understanding this. from the front. makes a half circle and levelly cuts to the right rear. From this raised step. Slip Saber Block Waist Sever. there is no one who won’ be killed by this. I sneak away. In general. Explanation: From the above form. Sneak Away. The saber fears the blocking the waist as it is a similar menace. This blocking the waist severing method is a core saber method. Then bring the saber back and raise it up like in the transition picture. leap back to the west. It makes the staff fear the middle level. Meet the Head Chop. Shift to make a riding horse form. To get t skill in this.

From facing directly on then he turns to the corner to attack. The saber follows the step towards the south. If the method isn’ strong and stable then the enemy will easily put you in t hazardous circumstances. Raise the Saber Form. And then he attacks my lower area. I raise my leg to evade him as before. The right foot steps from the east towards the south and makes a right sitting tiger step. Then make the right climb the mountain form. Then bring the saber back and raise it up like in the transition picture. Function: When I continue to make the sneak away form. He uses his long weapon to strike down on my head. I instantly use the flicking saber to parry it. The saber chops down towards the front from above. 12 . Function: He frames my block the waist method. Sneak Away. I sneak away. turn back and chop down on his weapon. he suddenly moves to my right corner. Diagonal Step. 14. First raise the right foot. leap back to the west. then my enemy will use the empty space to change. and is flicked upwards. From this raised step. In general the distance is one step. Explanation: From the above form. Meet the Head Chop. then it s will prevent the enemy from being able to take advantage of it. If the saber follows the stepping turn. Explanation: From the above form. If the step follows the saber’ turn.13.

Then bring the back of the saber back to the lower rear area and return it. and scoop it into his crotch. He does not have an easy time evading it. then strokes diagonally from the lower rear to the upper front direction. (see the transition picture) The left foot steals a step towards the front to make the sitting coiling step. Only bring the saber back and raise it up. Function: He wishes to use his long weapon to block my splitting his neck. Sever the Enemy’ Skull. Explanation: From the above form. reverse the saber. 13 .15. The edge faces the rear. The saber. from the upper rear direction. I instantly do a counter turn. Then I use the leap forward and bring the saber up to split his neck area. s Explanation: From the above form. I instantly pull the saber back to pare the incoming weapon. (see the transition form) Then leap towards the front and make a right climb the mountain step. Rotating Turning Going Up Flicking. Function: He uses a staff to strike my kneecap. turns back as far as it can go and drops down. The feet do not move. 16. The saber. If it is no trouble I use the counter turn because it is easy. The counter turn is one of the deadly saber methods. Leaping Step. It then returns and cuts up from below. It comes level and stops. First raise the left rear foot.

Then turn to the left. It causes him difficulty in seeking to ward off my attack. s This method is as quick as lightning. The saber stretches out from the left direction to split towards the east. Twist the body back towards the north and make a sitting coiling step. follows the body and splits towards the north. which shows how true these words are. The whole body rises up. Explanation: From the above form. from the counter turn. I quickly see him coming. Reverse Body Sitting Coiling Saber. Function: He comes in my direction when I face the south. And now I am in a position to quickly attack back.17. My whole body quickly rises up and causes the horizontal saber to cut all those around me. I first desire to seek to protect myself. 14 . The feet don’ move. Wind Around Form. You must quickly turn to make a horse step. Function: When I have many enemies surrounding me on all sides. The feet do not move. Explanation: From the above form. Big Posture Turn. I don’ wait but t turn my body and step following the saber’ turn to face his attack. He rushes at my back to strike me. The saber. 18. I first bring the saber next to my body. The saber first t turns past the left shoulder like the transition form.

from facing north. 15 . turn back my body. 20. Function: He blocks my block the waist method. I first desire to seek to protect myself. My whole body quickly rises up and causes the horizontal saber to cut all those around me. The saber. With the above forms you can strike to the front and back. it sticks next to the left shoulder like the transition picture. from levelly stroking. It then splits straight down. Wind Around Big Turn the Posture. Then he stabs towards my middle or lower area. First bring the saber across the front.19. and use my saber to chop down on the incoming weapon. The whole body. make a horse step. Explanation: From the above form. all around. I retreat to evade it. The saber follows the body’ turn and cuts out to the front. left and right. turns to face south. Withdraw Step. As before. Turning to the rear. turns and goes back to the east. Then rise up in the air. I sneak away. The left foot steps back to make a right climb the mountain form. Explanation: From the above form. I first bring the saber next to my body. s Function: When I have many enemies surrounding me on all sides. Meet the Head Chop.

21. The saber slightly rises up like in the transition picture. Function: His weapon strikes at my head. The flick and split are smooth and continuos in this posture. He won’ be t able to block this posture. First raise the left foot. The saber chops straight down from above. Split. Then jump forward one step. Flick the Saber. And putting forth your strength is also easy. 22. Function: His weapon strikes at my head. 16 . Leaping Step. Explanation: From the above form. The saber slightly rises up like in the transition picture. Explanation: From the above form. The saber chops straight down from above. Split. First raise the left foot. And putting forth your strength is also easy. Moreover the leap and chop are like the water flowing down a big river. Then jump forward one step. Flick the Saber. I instantly use the transition form of flicking up the saber to block the weapon and then advance to chop his skull. Moreover the leap and chop are like the water flowing down a big river. I instantly use the transition form of flicking up the saber to block the weapon and then advance to chop his skull. He won’ be t able to block this posture. Leaping Step. The flick and split are smooth and continuos in this posture.

24. Sitting Tiger Horizontal Parting Saber. Then I move the saber toward the left to disperse the incoming weapon. from horizontally above the head. I first use the saber to horizontally carry it off. Sever the Enemy’ Skull. Function: He slips past my weapon and attacks my left side. The saber. s . The saber horizontally parts and returns to the north direction. Explanation: From the above form. Reverse Saber. When the incoming weapon is dispersed. First bring the saber toward the top of the head and horizontally block like in the transition picture. Pull back the front foot to make a right sitting tiger step. Then I turn my horse and change my posture. Function: I parry his weapon. and flow with the weapon. He turns. I first quickly change from the climb the mountain to the sitting tiger. I take advantage of the posture. The right foot in front advances and the left foot in the rear steps up to make a left climb the mountain form. Explanation: From the above form. passing to my right rear to attack. This allows me to find an opening in which to attack. then I can decide what to do. passes to the left rear direction and turns to cut horizontally to the right. The edge of the saber levelly faces south. The feet do not move. I reverse the saber and horizontally split his neck. 17 .23.

and then goes levelly out to the front. Function: When I continue to make the Wind Around method.25. If the method isn’ strong and stable then the enemy won’ t t easily be defeated. This is aptly named “From Death then I Seek Life” method. Sever. First the right foot moves toward the north making a sitting tiger posture. he suddenly moves to my left corner. The saber. from below. Function: He sits in a horse and moves his head sideways to avoid my saber. He uses his long weapon to strike down on my head. as the whole body spins. From facing directly on. from the back goes straight towards the front to block the waist and sever him. I first desire to cover and protect my whole body. It follows the step. I seek to be able to rush the circle. Diagonal Step. 18 . First I advance my right foot and make a horse step. turn then the enemy will use the empty space to change. . Explanation: From the above form. The saber sticks by my back area. If the step follows the saber’ turn. I have to use the method of winding around my body. Wind Around. . I instantly advance my horse. then the s enemy will not be able to take advantage of it. is lifted up to the north. If the saber follows the stepping. Block the Waist. Perhaps there are many men surrounding me and I am in the center. I turn to the corner to attack. I instantly use the flicking saber to parry his weapon and pierce him. 26. I have enemies on all four sides. The saber. The posture must make the people be wary. Explanation: From the above form. Then. Raise the Saber Form. turns to the front.

27. I first bring the saber next to my body. the feet do not change their position. First raise the left rear foot. s Explanation: From the above form. Striding Step. Then I leap forward. Function: He uses a staff to strike my kneecap. The saber. Then leap straight to make a right climb the mountain form. Wind Around. from behind the back. Function: When I have many enemies surrounding me on all sides. Then the left foot steps to the side and makes a horse step with the front facing north and the back facing south. 19 . I instantly pull back the saber to pare the incoming posture. Bring the saber horizontally past the left direction like the transitional picture. Explanation: From the above form. I first desire to seek to protect myself. Sever the Enemy’ Skull. The saber splits diagonally towards the left front direction. splits towards the north. 28. Big Turn Posture. My whole body quickly rises up and causes the horizontal saber to cut all those around me. I reverse the saber upwards to split his neck area. The saber is pulled back like in the transition picture.

In place the feet don’ t change. My whole body quickly rises up and causes the horizontal saber to cut all those around me. . With the above forms you can strike to the front and back. Chop Towards the Head. The saber then flows in the same direction and splits down to the east. I use my saber to chop down on the incoming weapon. Function: He blocks my Block the Waist method and then stabs towards my lower area.29. Explanation: From the above form. Then the right foot advances to the west to make a horse step. Big Turn Posture. reaches levelly towards the front and goes out to the west direction. Explanation: From the above form. from behind the back. I first bring the saber next to my body. I retreat to evade it. left and right. all around. Wind Around. Withdraw Step. Bring the saber horizontally past the left shoulder like the transitional picture. 30. The right foot. withdraws one step to make the climb the mountain form. I first desire to seek to protect myself. Function: When I have many enemies surrounding me on all sides. The saber. from the rear direction.

it circles up to do a horizontal block above the top of the head. The left hand comes near the saber hilt. it will fall into emptiness. I return the strike. After it falls into emptiness. the form is done. It doesn’ matter how fierce the attack t is. It causes the incoming weapon to slip down to the left or right. And use the left hand to take its place. The right hand changes to make a palm. Change the tiger’ mouth to make it go down. It does not matter how much power he tries to use on meI can . 32. From below. Then bow and make the proper etiquette. Pull the right foot back to make a right sitting tiger step. Explanation: From the above form. Retract the Saber Level Form. Simultaneously raise the saber up. The right s hand lets go of the saber hilt. Bring the right foot back next to the left foot and stand up straight. 21 . Explanation: From the above form. This is the core of the saber method. still do this. At this point. Then have the saber stick next to the body and hang down. Then bring the right hand to hang down so that both the left and right hands hang down. I quickly use both hands to raise the saber up with a flicking action. Level Raise the Saber Form. Function: He uses a long weapon like a spear or staff to try to kill me.31. Knowledge of this method is one of the mysteries of this weapon.

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