THE DEADLY AND THE MERCIFUL ASPECTS OF SWORDSMANSHIP
The sword can be deadly or merciful, depending on the intention of the swordsman. Both these aspects are shown in the combat applications worked out by the course participants themselves. Patterns like "Green Dragon Shoots Pearl" and "Golden Dragon Shoots Tongue" can kill an opponent in one move, whereas "Phoenix Dots Head" and "Point at Stars Look at Moon" merely disarm or disable an opponent from combat.
But of course the final decision to be deadly or merciful lies with the swordsman, not the techniques. A merciful swordsman may just brush the skin of an opponents throat with "Green Dragon Shoots Pearl", whereas a drastic swordsman may cut of the head of an opponent with "Point at Stars Look at Moon".
The Deadly and the Merciful Aspects of Swordsmanship
|King Ngo Assassinates Emperor||Point at Stars Look at Moon|
|Golden Boy Offers Joss Stick||Phoenix Dots Head||Golden Dragon Shoots Tongue|
|Night Guard Tests Sea||Phoenix Dots Head||Wintry Chicken Goes up Valley|
|Green Dragon Shoots Pearl||Green Dragon Shoots Pearl|