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Section VIII: Advanced Weapons Forms
Advanced Level Students

The twelve advanced weapons forms in this section are VERY SPECIAL in many ways: first, all are composed of technical, highly stylized movement that is artistic and graceful in nature (many excellent for competition and/or demonstration), yet they are filled with lethal patterns for effective & practical combat applications (which Green Dragon's staff breaks down and demonstrates in detail on each tape); second, most of them, as well as the sets in the following three sections, are ''Third Level'' and/or ''Closed Door'' forms!! Ours ARE advanced! These are not recommended for beginners-- it would take senior students in the Chinese Martial Arts to really appreciate the possibilities these special forms represent. Most of these are very rare. Finer sets would be hard to come by, regardless of criteria!


Li Hua Shang Feng Neng Sha (Double Edge Straight Sword )
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Plum Blossom
 

Plum Blossom Upon the Wind Can Kill The beautiful flowing movement for which the Plum Blossom style is noted. The form is medium-length (40-50 steps), graceful, smooth, and yet can be performed with speed. Some complex circular movement with an even balance of cutting, slashing, and blocking from a variety of positions and postures. Excellent use of inverted and regular ''Figure 8'' patterns. When learned in addition to the 5-Animals Shaolin set below, an enormous number of double edge straight sword moves will have been mastered.

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Pao Chien Tung Ru Liu Yue Tsai Feng (Double Edge Straight Sword )
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Northern 5-Animal Shaolin
 

Moves like a Williowleaf in the Wind Northern 5-Animal Shaolin single double edge straight sword form. Very different from the Plum Blossom set above, yet all of the same things can be said about it. This one has won the weapons division in several high level form competitions. Substantial knowledge in the use of the ''Queen'' of all weapons is to be gained from both of these tapes, especially in the sense of how to properly apply this finesse oriented edged weapon.

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Shuang Pao Chien Ru Shi Wu Hua Pa Men (Double Edge Straight Swords )
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Northern 5-Animal Shaolin
 

Roughly translates as Two Pao Chien are like Five Flowers and Eight Categories (full of tricks and many changes). Very rare and highly unusual 5-Animal Shaolin double (two swords!) double edge straight swords form. The name says it all-- proper execution requires much practice. Many so-called ''experts'' believe the use of two double-edge straight swords was only for show an obvious lack of knowledge in how to employ them for combat. The methods demonstrated here reveal how they are to be applied.

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Tsui Hou Tang Swang Tao (Double Sabers )
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Northern 5-Animal Shaolin
 

Northern Shaolin 5-Animal style double sabers with ground rolling technique! There are many double sabers forms available, but this one is packed with more compound moves than any we have seen. Graceful, fast, & explosive. Many circular compounds loaded with powerful combinations. Sifu Allen's personal choice from among four double sabers forms that he knows. A ''show-stopper'' when Green Dragon's demo team performs it in. Highly recommended.

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Shuang T'ou She Ts'ui Tu Yao (Double Daggers)
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5-Family Snake
 

Double Headed Serpent Spits Out Poison The well known (but not often seen) set from the S. 5-Family system. One of the finest and certainly most comprehensive double daggers sets still in existence, this form is well over 100 steps in length, solely Snake style in its orientation (5-Family has many ''pure'' animal sets), and contains complex circular compound movement from beginning to end, both linear and angular in execution. This leads to an incomprehensible number of potential individual fighting techniques. Like most classic Snake material, the entire form is smooth, relatively low, and performed with an undulating nature to the body dynamics lending itself to deceptive moves, feints, and evasive tactics. Very highly recommended.

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Bei Shaolin Chieh Fa Kun (Combined Methods Staff )
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Northern 5-Animal Shaolin
 

The highly prized set from Northern 5-Animal Shaolin. You have not really trained on a comprehensive and difficult staff form until you have attempted this one! Green Dragon's senior students have some 20 good staff sets from almost as many different styles. All have something concrete and valuable to offer. None, however, would be more complex, challenging, and result producing that this one! As a compilation from several of the Northern styles dating back to the great consolidation of the 16th Century, this staff set has everything! It has no equal as preparation for other types of long-handled weaponry. Very highly recommended.

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Bei Shaolin Chuan Ying Chiang
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Northern 5-Animal Shaolin
 

Northern 5-Animal Shaolin Single Tassel Spear. Simply speaking, one of the finest spear sets an advanced student can practice from any standpoint. Many complex spins (''eights'', over the shoulder, around the neck, behind the back, etc.); the expected ''hook & thrust'' moves; both single & double handwork with the spear. Lends itself to a fantastic program of combat applications. Outstanding form in every respect. Very highly recommended

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Pei Fang Bei Pai Swang Chiang (Double Headed Spear )
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Northern 5-Animal Shaolin
 

Northern 5-Animal Shaolin Double Headed Spear. Authentic double headed spear forms are rare to begin with, let alone finding one with the artistry & complexity built into this form. When performed at speed, this set is spectacular! High level of complexity in all respects, containing as it does almost all of the moves, basic or advanced, that are common to this weapon. Versatility leads to an unlimited and devastating program of practical combat applications. Very highly recommended.

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Liu Shu I Chu Msiao Mieh (Broadsword/ Saber )
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Honan Shaolin
 

Willowleaf Broadsword In keeping with the other weapons sets in the section, this is one of the finest forms of its kind. Long and demanding, it encompasses a very wide range of broadsword moves and maneuvering. Dramatic in appearance when performed with power and speed. Another contest winner in our experience. When learned in addition to the Hong Long Tan Tao of Section VII, exposure to most of the major combinations with the sword (either light or heavy) will have taken place. The in-depth program of combat applications for both of these sets would give you at least 25-30 major broadsword techniques for demonstration and/or self-defense. Very highly recommended.

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Chia T'ing Yao Ming Tao (Knife )
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5-Family
 

Southern 5-Family style single double edge knife with ground fighting technique! This is undoubtedly one of the nicest all-around knife sets to come out of the Orient especially in the sense of immediate and practical application! It is composed of 60+ steps formed into some 12-15 sections each of which can be taken directly from the form and applied AS IS! The concept is unique. The form is both fast and dynamic, but its real superiority is in the ease with which it can go from performance to the application of compound techniques in attack or defense. Highly recommended.

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Kuan Tao Chan Shang Feng (Kwan Sword )
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Northern 5-Animal Shaolin
 

Kuan's Knife Steals the Wind Fighting set from Northern 5-Animal Shaolin. Kuan/Kwan Tao material is fairly common in major Chinese schools. Green Dragon has four advanced Kwan Tao sets at its disposal and we regard this one as the finest from every standpoint. It is fast, smooth, circular, and flashy in appearance, yet leads to powerful combat applications. When a heavier Kwan Tao is used, the form will build great hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder strength which then carries over to all other aspects of the arts. This set is long with a wide variety of good combinations some of the more complex coming near the end which makes it all the more challenging. Not as rare as most of Green Dragon's sets.

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Kai Shou Ch'uan (Baton )
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White Lotus
 

White Lotus Changing Hands Baton Like most of the unique White Lotus fighting forms, especially those with weapons, features not associated with usual baton work are characteristic of this little known ''Changing Hands'' set. As the name indicates, just one of those distinctive features is the manner and the number of times the baton changes hands during the course of execution, requiring additional challenges in skill development and lending itself to a number of deceptive moves and surprise attacks that add strong elements of tactical advantage in the combat situation. Slightly less diffcult that the highly sophisticated Traveler's Cane form, this set has an execellent balance of free-swinging and two-handed work and is loaded with the circular combinations that distinguish most White Lotus material, and which produces students capable of the most intricate manipulations. When added to the other 5 instrucional tapes dedicated to the mastery of baton and/or cane technique, everything necessary tobe a specialist with medium length stick weapons has been presented.

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Chan Shih San Chi Kun (Three Quarter Staff)
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White Lotus
 

Unbelievably fast, snappy and complex this Warrior's Three Quarter Staff set from White Lotus is THE premier three-quarter staff taught in the US! Loaded with circular compounds of all kinds-- intricate spins; behind the back, over the shoulder, and between the legs passes; and an excellent balance of hooking and trapping moves executed in both two and one handed fashion! Like Green Dragon's Combined Methods Staff, above, or the Iron Rulers, Butterfly Knives, and Tiger Fork sets in Section X, this is really a ''Master'' form consisting of most of the ways in which to employ the three-quarter staff all in one fighting set!! Learning the manipulations in this special set will carry over to all of your other weapons handling capabilities as well. Very highly recommended.

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