- Two-person hand sparring form
- Two-person staff (eyebrow height staff) sparring – staff versus staff
- Kwan dao versus spear
- Broadsword (saber) versus spear
- Empty hand versus double daggers
- Three-section staff versus spear
Cheb Qing-Zhou, Chen Family stylec, Chen Xiaowang, Chen Xiaoxing, Chen Zhenglei, flail, Han YiLing, Hung Gar, Jack Yan, Lam Yan, Lin Xin, Liuhe, long pole, Ma Hong, saber, spear, tai chi chuan, Wu Dang Dragon Gate
From Plum Publications (www.plumpub.com). Note that there are three sections of the web site – one for DVDs, one for books and one for VCDs
- DVD #11126 Wu Dang Dragon Gate Spear (well, I could not resist including this – there is a little bit of long pole, but the spear is the star of the show)
- DVD#24222 with the late Master Ma Hong (1927 – 2013) has Chen Family Style and also includes the famous Tai Chi Wheel material
- DVD#24246 with Master Han YiLing has the Cloud Demon style of Liuhe pole
- DVD #24347 Hung Gar Long Pole – 9 Point 13 Spear with Lam Yan (sometimes known as Lin Xin). Make sure to read the comments about playability and subtitles.
In Master Jack Yan’s translations of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s books volume V has the Chen Family style 13 Movements Long Pole as well as two person drills for long pole versus long pole and long pole versus flail (two section staff)
- VCD#712 Chen Family style Tai Chi Chuan with Chen Qing-Zhou. Two sets: saber and long pole
- VCD#1763 Chen Family style 13 Movements Long Pole with Chen Zi Qiang who is the son of Chen Xiaoxing and nephew of Chen Xiaowang,
Kung Fu Direct has the following videos:
- DV1020 – Master Li Shu Dong himself teaching Chen Family style Tai Chi Chuan Thirteen Movement Long Pole
- No059 – Chen Style Tai Chi Pole 陈氏太极梢杆
- No087 -13 Movements Chen Style Long Pole
A new book on saber from Ted Mancuso
Finding the centroid or balance point of a saber is more complicated than finding the balance point of a sword. For one thing, straight swords are symmetric along their long axis. Even though they are characterized by having just one edge, sabers can come in some rather exotic shapes. Usually sabers are quit a bit heavier than swords so one might expect that adding a comparatively light tassel would not influence a sword very much and would not influence a saber at all.
What we did discover what that
- the short tassel tends to obscure the butterfly knot of the long tassel
- the tassels tangle together at the least excuse
- static electricity tends to make the long tassel frizz out.
- long and short tassels being the same color doesn’t usually look good
- as hard as it is to get a long tassel to flow with the weapon, it is even harder with two tassels
- there are some very dramatic visual effects gained by attaching both a short and a long tassel
- what would mortal combat be without elegant accessories
- I am not sure yet that the two tassels don’t just get you killed more quickly
- If that’s true, it seems like an expensive trade-off just to look more dashing.
- On the other hand, perhaps opponents might think “Gee, his skill is so great he is willing to fight me with the handicap of extra tassels!”
- Some photos under Clothing of black semi-formal cotton uniforms with red and blue, as opposed to the traditional white, trim.
- Additions to the Weapons page to include Nine Point Rake, shields and gold coin spades
- Additions to halberds (twin halberds with short staffs), swords (the curved Lin Jiao), staffs (Monkey King staff), and sabers (butterfly blades, Zhan Ma Dao)
are long weapon versus either short weapon or double short weapons. For example, with pu dao versus saber what we really have is a contest between two saber blades with speed and perhaps a little more precision on the part of the saber and reach and probably slightly more hitting power on the part of the pu dao. There would be the question of whether the juncture where the pu dao blade joins the staff holds up as well. Can the staff of the pu dao successfully block a saber cut? There’s the additional consideration that the lower end of the pu dao can also deliver a strike as well as a block. I have never seen a weapon that we might describe as a double-headed pu dao – a saber blade on each end. It is also possible to enhance the staff section of the pu dao with crescent moon guards or spikes that could not only serve to deflect slashes (presumably aimed at a hand or maybe just the staff/handle itself) but could also be dangerous – we hope for the opponent only – during close encounters. As before, adding the weight for guards and spikes is trading some speed and flexibility for tactical advantages. Hybrid weapons like the horse-blocking knife and the sun-moon swords add the crescent moons, but I have never heard of a pu dao, which would have a longer, heavier blade, with such additions.
When the opponent has double short weapons the tactical situation for the pu dao wielder is not so simple: just bashing aside the enemy blade and lunging in is very likely to encounter enemy blade number 2. This means preference should be given to beating aside the enemy’s right hand blade (for example) NOT outside to the enemy’s right and your left, but rather the other direction.
There’s not much effort put into long weapons blade or head design in terms of seeking to entangle (and presumably wrench away or snap) an enemy blade.