Escape and Evasion Testing

The following video was taken in the year 2000. It is a test of Noelle’s skills to evade a modern group of people using her ancient skills. The experiment was done at great expense to test the limits of Yin […]

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Shùhè 裋褐

The Shùhè 裋褐 is the traditional Han Chinese working class clothing of the Northern region of China. It is pronounced Shùhè in Mandarin Dialect and Su Hot in the Cantonese dialect. The wording directly translates as follows:- 裋 Shù  – […]

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The Meaning of “Kung Fu” 功夫

When a person has developed a “Kung Fu” 功夫 he/she has a skill level that very few others have. The use of the expression “Kung Fu” can refer to any skill where repetition and time develop a nameless quality and […]

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About the Ye Bu Shou 夜不收

Although relatively unheard of due to the nature of their duty, Jian Er Shou 尖兒手, lit. ‘Sharp hands’ and Ye Bu Shou 夜不收, lit. ‘Unreceived by night’ or ‘Unsheltered by night’ [we prefer “unrestrained by night” as a translation by […]

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The Penetrators

In search of the Chinese Military use of stealth we came across the word “Penetrator/s”, used to describe agents that specifically employed stealthy methods to gain access to fortifications and compounds for intelligence gathering, arson, assassination and so on. The […]

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Caltrops

Ji Li (蒺藜, lit. ‘Puncture vine’) is the Chinese name for a caltrop rope. Four-pointed caltrops were known as Ling Jiao (菱角, lit. ‘Water caltrop’), while caltrops cooked in human faeces to cause infection were called Gui Jian (鬼箭). It […]

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Japanese Swords for Ming Dynasty China

During our research of Chinese Martial Arts in the “military sector”, we kept coming up with references to the Japanese sword. As strange as it may seem, Ming period China wanted and indeed, needed, swords from Japan. The historical record […]

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