WUDANG SWORD FOUNDATIONAL TRAINING
10AM - 1:30PM AT 8 HANDS MARTIAL ARTS
The Wudang sword is one of the world's most famous sword arts. Adored in movies such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon & in an endless numbers Kung Fu films, this art is immortalized throughout Chinese & western culture. Dedicating his life to the Wudang arts and following his master to China, Xia was inducted into the Wudang Dragon Gate Daoist Sect and has since spent his time teaching and sharing the Daoist martial and life arts, here in the west.
Offered in the morning session of this two part workshop, Xia will provide the basics training practices used to both cultivate sword skill, and prepare the body for a consistent sword practice. This 3 & a half hour workshop will focus on the body mechanics, sword principles, and partner drills to have a complete and balanced sword practice.
Besides having a root in the traditional Daoist swordsmanship skills, this workshop is ideal for anyone that practices any straight sword or western sword style. With a focus on biomechanics and the physics behind the sword, this workshop will enhance any swordsman's practice with both skills and strategies.
- Warmups and Joint Nourishing Exercises
- Brief Introduction to the 剑 Jian, or straight sword.
- Seven Star Foundational Sword Skill Drilling Method (16 Exercises in total)
- Partner Exercises and Application concepts/visualizations.
- Open Q&A and discussion on Wudang, the Internal Arts, Daoism, & Daoist Swordsmanship
- Demonstrations by Xia
Swordsman Xia performs at the 2019 Zhang San Feng Festival in Denver, Colorado