Sword versus Sword Sparring Form
I learned this form from Sifu Wong Jackman. Sifu Wong taught three sword forms that
he stated where from the Wu Dang Sword lineage of Li Jin Ling. Sifu Li Jin Ling was
considered to be the greatest Chinese swordsman of the 20th century and lived in the
early part of the century. Sifu Li brought many of the nearly lost methods of Chinese
swordsmanship back to life.
Sifu Wong Jackman taught the two person sword set along with the Tai Chi Sword,
Dragon Phoenix Sword and Plum Blossom Straight Sword as a great cohesive sword
Two person sword sets are very rare in the world of Chinese martial arts. I have only
seen one, or two, others in the last thirty years.
The Sword versus Sword Sparring Form is about 40 moves per side. There are many
repetitions of important techniques and many other unique moves. Both sides of the
form are rather similar. This makes it easy to learn because each person gets to do
almost all the moves. It can be a little difficult to to learn both sides though!
People who are used to seeing sword fights in movies will be surprised by how this form
works. The most noticeable thing is that two swords never clash, or touch. In fact,
there are no blocking techniques in the form what so ever.
Instead, each player uses their footwork and agility to dodge or evade each of their
partners cuts and thrusts. Often, you will evade at the same time you begin your own
counter attack. This forces your opponent to drop their own attack and evade your
counter attack.
The whole form can be seen as a series of attacks, evasions and clever counter attacks
that follow one after another. It is really fun!
Learning this form really helps you to understand the sword techniques in any sword
form whether it is Tai Chi sword, Wu Dang sword, or any other type of sword form. In
particular, it will open your eyes to nature of each of the cuts and how they might be
really used.