FIERCE TIGER AND MOON-GAZING RHINOCEROS

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The significance of waist movement is revealled at the beginning of this pattern, “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”

As in unarmed sets, various patterns in weapon sets are linked in some meaningful ways into sequences. This video series shows the first two sequences of the Butterfly Knives set, “Human-Character Double Southern Knives”.

These two sequences, which are named after their two crucial patterns “Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain” and “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”, incorporate some important techniques of the Butterfly Knives. A combat application is explained here. More combat applications are explained in the next series.

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Benefits of Practicing a Weapon Set

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Grandmaster Wong leads the class in going over the patterns he has just taught. Practicing a weapon set, like an unarmed set, has many benefits. Do you know what these benefits are.

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Changing from Yin-Blade to Yang-Blade

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“Fierce Tiger Descends Mountain” is repeated many times in different directions, followed by “Jade Girl Combs Hair” and “Jade Belt Circulates Waist”. Notice that the left blade changes from a yin-position in its sweeping movement to a yang-position at the end of the sweep. Do you know why is there this change?

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The Formidable Technique of Reverse Slash

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One of the most formidable knife techniques is the reverse slash, as shown here in the pattern called “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”. Take note of the body-movement as well as waist rotation of this pattern.

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Rhinoceros Looks at Moon

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“Rhinoceros Looks at Moon” is followed by “Phoenix Flaps Wings”, “Breeze Spreads Lotus Leaves” and “Butterflies Flying Separate”. Kungfu pattern names are very poetic. There is also a change from yin-blade to yang-blade in “Breeze Spreads Lotus Leaves”. Can you guess why Grandmaster Wong changes his left blade from a yin-position to a yang-position?

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An Application of Swaying Lotus

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Grandmaster Wong shows one of the combat functions of “Breeze Spreads Lotus Leaves”, which also illustrates why the left blade is changed from a yin-position to a yang-position so as to cover the opponent's weapon. In other situations like in “Jade Girl Combs Hair” and “Jade Belt Circulates Waist” where you use the blade to cut at your opponent, you change its yin-blade to a yang-blade so that you don't cut yourself.

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Butterflies Flying Separately

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After the three patterns, “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”, “Phoenix Flaps Wings” and “Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves”, is a useful poise pattern “Butterflies Fly Separately”. This poise , of course, also has effective combat functions. Can you figure out what these combat functions are? Then the three patterns ae repeated.

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Patterns Practiced Separately from Set

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Grandmaster Wong explains that patterns in a set can, and should, be taken out of the set to be practiced separately. He uses the three patterns, “Breeze Sways Lotus Leaves”, “Phoenix Spreads Wings” and “Rhinoceros Looks at Moon”, as examples.

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LINKS

Review of UK Summer Camp 2007 Weapon Course

Click here for an Overview of the entire course

  1. Introducing the Butterfly Knives
  2. Fierce Tiger and Moon-Gazing Rhinoceros
  3. How would you Counter a Spear Thrust?
  4. Counters against Chops and Sweeps of Other Weapons
  5. Butterfly Knives Against a Saber
  6. The Secret of Performing Butterfly Knives with Force and Speed but Without being Tired
  7. Yin-Yang Butterfly Knives and Close-Combat Applications
  8. Some Interesting Applications of Butterfly Knives Held in Reverse
  9. Combat Training with Weapons Must be Injury Free
  10. How do you Release your Butterfly Knives from being Locked?
  1. Learning to Make Flowers Systematically
  2. Combat Applications of Double Butterflies Flying
  3. Human-Character and Cross-Road are Found Here
  4. Kungfu Training and Mental Clarity
  5. Learning the Combat Applications of the Butterfly Knives against Other Weapons
  6. The Benefits of Combat Training with Classical Weapons
  7. From Slow and Systematic to Fast and Spontaneous
  8. First-Class Kungfu Calls for Great Skills and Techniques

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