From left to right – (1) a two piece kwan dao – the steel handle unscrews and separates to make packing easier; (2) Reclining Crescent style kwan dao; (3) three point-two edge; (4) so-called wushu kwan dao – lighter and shorter with flexible blade; (5) nine-ring pu dao bought from Brendan Lai’s store years ago; (6) eagle kwan dao; (7) Green Dragon style also bought from Brendan Lai’s store years ago; and (8) elephant kwan dao
We are trying to determine the state of the art when it comes to Kwan Daos. If you teach the weapon, practice the weapon or own a weapon and are letting it stand around in a rack, we’d love an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A. do you teach the weapon? If so, what style?
Over the years we have taught General Chai’s (*) Long Handled Knife from Hung Gar (more properly a pu dao set, we think) and Spring Autumn Big Knife from Northern Shaolin. Currently, we teach the set from Chen Family style Tai Chi Chuan. We have seen a set from Zhaobao style Tai Chi Chuan. We have yet to find any recording or even rumors of anyone teaching a kwan dao set from Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. As far as we know, the weapon is not part of any other Tai Chi Chuan styles.
There are five weapons in the Choy Li Fut arsenal:
Blocking Gate Long Handled Broadsword (Lan Moon Jaai Dai Do) 攔門寨大刀
General Kwan’s Long Handle Broadsword (Kwan Do) 関刀
General Choy’s Long Handle Broadsword (Choy Yeung Do) 蔡陽刀
Nine-Ring Long-Handled Broadsword (Gau Wan Dai Do) 九環大刀
Seven Star Long-Handled Knive (Chat Sing Tiu) 七星銚
I recall seeing a Praying Mantis sifu do a Pu Dao set at least 8 years ago – perhaps even more. But I never could learn his name, or the set’s name.
if anyone teaches something else, we’d love to hear about it
*= this pays homage to a different hero, General Chai Yang of the Han Dynasty
B. how long is the weapon? does it have a metal spike on one tip?
C. how much does the weapon weigh
D. stiff or flexible blade
E. do you do anything like sanding or refinishing the wood or the metal?
F. one piece or two (the metal handle unscrews into two pieces)
G. what sort of bag do you use to transport it?
I was hoping for a much smaller number and a simple set of personal exercises so a student could correct deficient liver qi and stagnant triple warmer blood (one diagnosis of apparently one type of thyroid problem). In the unlikely event that there is a major effort to improve American medical insurance coverages – as a part of personal medical examinations insurance plans ought to cover everyone getting a thyroid test. There are at least four tests: T3 (triiodothyronine), T4 (thyroxine), TPO (thyroid peroxidase antibodies) and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) that can be done by mail outfits like Affordable Lab and Access Labs for under $40 per test. We would like to think the United States can take better care of its citizens than Cambodia can.
Two modest-sized statues of General Kwan with his fabled ‘knife’
The large statue is in Guan Yu Park in Jingzhou (population about 5.6 million people; in southern Hubei Province, China). It is 58 meters (190 ft) tall, weighs over 1,300 tons, and contains over 4,000 strips of bronze. It was designed by Han Meilin, famed for his work on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. There is an 8,000 square meters museum inside it. General Kwan lived during China’s Three Kingdoms period (180 to 280 AD). The weapon shown here weighs 136 tons.
Sifu Peter – Like you, we are disappointed that so many genes are involved in thyroid problems. We see some or most of the following symptoms of hyperthyroidism: high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, moist skin, increased sweating, tremor (hands), nervousness, increased appetite with weight loss, diarrhea, and/or frequent bowel movements. We see some or most of the following symptoms of hypothyroidism: a hoarse voice, slowed speech, puffy face, drooping eyelids, sensitivity to cold, sometime memory or attention problems, constipation, weight gain, dry hair and skin, and depression.
Some recent work at the Shanghai Medical University – 32 patients with hypothyroidism were treated for one year with a Chinese herbal preparation to stimulate the kidney meridian and compared with a control group of 34 (there were some dropouts). The clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism were markedly improved. A much larger study is starting.
Herbs for treating hyperthyroidism include Rehmannia (shu di huang), Dioscorea (shan yao), and Cornus (shan zhu yu). Kidney Yin Tonic (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) is the herbal formula most often used. Other herbal formulas such as Liver Cleansing (Zhi Zi Qing Gan Tang) and Heart Yin Tonic (Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan) are also used.
In treating hypothyroidism, the recommendation is cinnamon (rou gui) and Aconite (fu zi). The most often used herbal formula is Kidney Yang Tonic (Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan), and formulas such as Right Restoration Formula (You Gui Wan) are also widely used.
We will have to consider the exercises in detail.
Intended to be stimulated during exercises with tai chi ruler and tai chi bang:
The heart and pericardium meridians cross the palm. The small intestine meridian follows the outside (distal) edge of the hand. The triple warmer, lung and large intestine meridians cross the back of the hand. To maximize the number of points in contact with the end of either wooden tool (1) angle the two outer fingers (pinkie and ring) slightly more toward one’s heart so the outside tips of the fingers come into contact with the rounded end of the tool and (2) angle the thumb and index fingers in the opposite direction (so different on the two hands) so the points on these fingers also come into contact with the end of the tool (3) You also need the two points on the palm – heart 8 and pericardium 8 – to be in contact as well as heart 9 (4) keeping Small intestine 1 and Heart 9 both in contact with the wood involves some compromise (5) and then you have to have a relaxed grip through all of this.