Broadsword (Dao)

The Dao is one of the most common weapons practised by the various schools of Chinese martial arts. In Chinese martial arts the Dao belongs to the short weapon group such as the Emei (dagger)  or Gin (sword) while the staff belongs to the long range weapon group. The Dao differs from the sword in that it has only one sharp edge and the blade broadens towards the tip and is slightly curved.

In Chinese martial arts weapons training is used as a further extension of the limbs. To be able to use any type of weapon, one must first be skilled and versed in the hand form training. The Dao form is usually the first weapon form taught in most martial arts schools, after the teacher is satisfied the student progress is sound. The Dao is easier to learn then the sword and quicker to apply the techniques and thus was the standard weapon issue for the soldiers.

All weapons training is based on the same principles and concepts of Tai Chi Chuan. The focus is on becoming one with the weapon and further extending ones Yi. The Dao form is carried out at a faster pace than the empty hand form but with the same emphasis on co-ordination of the hand form,eye movement, bodywork, footsteps and skill. Each posture needs to be executed with precision, intent and chi power. In addition like the hand form each posture can be tested and applied in combat. Some of the basic Dao techniques include chop, split, cut, intercept, uppercut, downward cut, thrust, winding, blocking, withdrawing, sliding, slicing, and peeling. All the movements are led, like the hand form from the waist, the footwork is more agile then the long form and the weighting is 100% where  possible the spiral concepts really come into play as does the concept of flow and aerobic fitness.

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