Sil Lum Hung Kuen Fut Dao (Buddha Knife)

This weapon is one of the first to be learned, but it has two forms both bearing the same name one a little more difficult than the other.

The name comes from the hand configuration which is predominantly held at the chest height with open palm as a traditional Shaolin salute.

Both forms involve all the basic striking and blocking but as this weapon is a hacking type it has some spinning and jumping techniques to add power to strike.

Within the forms there are also kicking techniques coupled with twirling the Dao and also rolling and cutting low.

This weapon was mainly used against a long range weapon like a spear or pole but we also practiced close range techniques.

Control was one of the main training exercises you would twirl the Dao then attack a dummy and stop the Dao an inch from the dummy. Eventually you could control the weapon, as the idea was being able to change the angle quickly if your attack was blocked at full speed and power. I also learned the Chu Gar Dao, completely different from the two forms I learned in Sil Lum Hung Kuen. The training was also different with more emphasis on close range and manipulating the Dao at soft targets on the body, instead of hacking them and cutting and blocking at the same time.

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