Wushu Straight Sword – Movements and Basics


Hey guys, this is Nick from Enter Martial
Arts. In this video, we’re going to go over straight
sword basic movements and combinations. Uh, this is my sword right here. When you’re selecting a sword, you want to
make sure it balances right at the hilt just like this. This sword, I’ve had this sword for the past ten years. I’ve kind of “Frankensteined” it together from various parts and kind of customized it to what I like. So, this is the proper way to hold your left
hand when doing any straight sword techniques. Now, notice how my thumb touches my last two fingers and my hand stays rigid. Think of like a ball of energy flowing through the the palm of your hand and shooting out the straight fingers. Now, remember, don’t get lazy. It’s very important not to let your hand
go limp or open. Keep your hand rigid as you’re doing these
techniques. Here are some basic straight sword techniques that you’ll really want to familiarize yourself with. To perfect these, you will want to repeat
these techniques a few thousand times each. Now, don’t forget, practice makes what?? Yep, practice makes PERMANENT! The design of the sword promotes movements
that may be the Chinese equivalent to the European rapier. So, this means there are very precise stabs,
cuts and parries so it’s important to know EXACTLY where you’re aiming at in all of
these techniques. Try to aim at targets that are coin sized. So, rather than picking general body parts
like the neck or chest, try to aim at the base of the throat or the solar plexus. Lastly, it’s important to remember that
your cuts need to be perfectly horizontal or vertical. Either have a friend watch you or film yourself
while performing these techniques to make sure they’re being done properly. Once you know each basic movement, you can
begin practicing combinations. Notice my left hand during these combinations
– it stays in the “sword fingers” position I described at the beginning of the video. Also, notice how my left arm mirrors my sword
arm to balance out those movements. There are very few exceptions to this rule. The Straight Sword was mostly used by royalty
and aristocrats. So, you can see that the techniques are very
poised and I look at the weapon often while I attack to keep the accuracy of each strike
high. In contrast, the Chinese broadsword, which
is used by foot soldiers, was mostly designed for more wild slicing and dicing. Well, thanks for watching, guys! If you have any questions or comments, please
leave them below. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!

2 Replies to “Wushu Straight Sword – Movements and Basics

  1. Hey! I just discovered your channel and I really liked your videos. You are a sympathetic guy and I love your background songs (R.I.P. Nujabes). Your movements are very clear and accurate and maybe that is the reason why it is hard to follow you. If you would be up to, it would be very and more helpful to do one video for one technique, or just the more advanced ones, in which you show the movements step by step.

    But anyway, your Channel is really hot and you've won a new follower my friend 🙂

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