Apr 13, 2010

Shaolin Sword vs Japanese Katana



In 2008, the British government banned private ownership of Katanas except for specific collector or martial arts training use. The ban is a result of the involvement of Katanas in assaults, sometimes with serious consequences. Though martial arts commentators scoffed at the ban saying long kitchen knives have a more lethal record, the fearsome image of the katana could be contributing factor to its ban.

The Katana is a long single-edged sword akin to the Filipino Bolo, the Chinese Broadsword and the Middle Eastern Scimitar. In the West, the sword in normally associated with the a heavy two-edged Longsword, a lighter version of the same in Chinese Martial Arts is the Jian. How would the dainty Jian fare against the ferocious Katana? Watch as Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit demonstrates the application of the Jian against the Katana.

Glossary
Katana, Bolo, Broadsword, Scimitar, Longsword, Jian.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks good. Can it really work in practice with a fast swinging katana?

Daily Kungfu said...

To make it to work at combat speed, correct techniques and arduous and long training would probably be needed. Sifu Wong won't be able to demonstrate these in short video clip. See the next post for how some of the techniques discussed here can be applied in a faster paced scenario.

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