Cutting Moving Objects

This is a very short clip showing the practice of cutting moving objects with the Demon Head Sword. The targets used here are gem squash which are thrown into the air using the cutting hand. The swordsman must then draw […]

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Jade Projectile?

This article is just for interest at the moment. As we uncover more information on the subject we will update this work. The pictured item was reportedly unearthed in a Hongshan excavation site. Hongshan 紅山文化 was an early Far Eastern […]

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Clothing and Equipment of the Midnight Thief

We encountered several verbal descriptions of stealth operatives along our research journey. They were usually anecdotes from the last generation to see these enigmatic figures in the dark corners or on the rooftops, just as the Chinese movies depict. The […]

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Fēi Zhuǎ 飛爪 – Flying Claw

The Fēi Zhuǎ 飛爪 – Flying Claw – is never mentioned with more than a few words these days. The truth is that people no longer know what it is, or what it was used for. The weapon is simple, […]

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Dart Launcher

Huo Nu Liu Xing Jian (火弩流星箭, lit. ‘Fire crossbow meteor arrow’) is a disposable dart launching handgonne made of bamboo. It consists of a bamboo tube that is wrapped in tendon, hemp and iron wire, then reinforced with glue and […]

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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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