Real Shaolin Kung Fu: Shaolin Bodhidharma Sword VCD
Performed and demonstrated by Shi Xingsheng
Explained by Shi Deci
Published by People's Physical Education Publishing House
The sword skill is one of the most important Shaolin "short weapons." From Northern Wei Dynasty till now Shaolin sword has being prosperous all the time, and all the Shaolin monks can manage this weapon skill. Performing the Shaolin sword can keep fit and prolong the life. The Shaolin sword skill includes directing sword, stabbing sword, pointing sword and cutting sword. The routines of the Shaolin sword skill include single sword, Bodhidharma sword, seven-star sword, dragon sword, dragon-spring sword, flying dragon sword, white-monkey sword, plum-blossom sword, black dragon sword, and yang-girl sword, etc.
Shaolin Bodhidharma Sword play was created and passed on by Bodhidharma, the first India monk who came to the Shaolin Temple (where he established and preached Zen Buddhism ). Zen means meditation. This sword is performed as if sitting in meditation. Attacks are hidden and produced in stillness. You should take every opportunity to attack suddenly. In real combat, you should repeat the use of chop or thrust, keep still, drive your force to the tip of the sword, and focus your attention as if you were in meditation. Often used techniques are swing in figure-eight pattern, thrust, cloud, and chop.