How to Use One-Handed Swords

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One handed swords are designed to be used in a very specific way for the maximum amount of effectiveness. Use a one handed sword with help from a specialist in traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sifu Keith Mazza with Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Right now we're going to discuss using single handed sword. "Rob please." The sword that I'm going to demonstrate with here is called the Baat Cham Dao. It's a one-handed sword that translates eight slash butterfly sword. The proper way to hold this sword is to insert your hand through the grip and wrap with your thumb on the first digit. Do not put your hand on the blade or above it. The hilt here is use to guard your hand. So, you will hold it like tight fist. I will present my sword in front of me 'cause I have steel to defend against steel. Rob is going to come at me with the back slash, I will cover his angle of attack; come up, cut up from underneath, on top and I thrust the throat. Once again. Defend the blade, come up to slash the arm, finish the cut, finish the fight. Okay, our second one-handed sword is the broad sword. The grip is the same. Lock it in between the web of the thumb, close the fist, wrap the thumb on top. Always hold your sword with a tight grip. This time we're going to work against the straight thrust instead of a back slash when trying the broad sword. So, I will present my sword to my opponent; "Rob please thrust." Rob will thrust his sword at me, I will cover around and come through with a cut right down on the neck to finish the fight. So, once again. Re-deflect, come through, cut the neck. This was how to use a one-handed sword. Once again, I'm Sifu Keith Mazza of the Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. If you enjoyed what you just saw, please feel free to go to our website, Thank you.


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