Miao Dao's knowledge and training methods
The miaodao saber, also known as "long saber" in ancient times, gets its name from the slender shape of a seedling. It is a precious cultural legacy of China. Miaodao can be used both as a blade and a spear; with one or both hands. In actual combats, the weapon is mainly aimed at opponent's upper body, like the head, shoulders, arms or chest.
The Miao Dao first appeared in the Western Han Dynasty in China, and it has a history of more than two thousand years. From its appearance to the present, Miao Dao has undergone many improvements. Miaodao was not originally called Miaodao. At the beginning, there was no definite name, because it was shaped like Hemiao(禾苗), so it was officially named "Miaodao".
The Japanese sword is powerful in slashing, and its degree of bending is controlled at the "object hit", that is, 16.7mm below the tip of the blade, where the force is greatest when slashing, which is in line with the principles of mechanics. The back of the sword is called "dong" or "ridge" to resist attacks. There are four types: Ping, An, San, and Maru. Japanese swords have a high level of technology in their manufacturing methods. Traditional samurai swords are made according to the traditional sword-making process. They are made of two different soft and hard materials of jade steel and diced iron. Due to the different materials during quenching, the thermal expansion and contraction are different. Causes the blade to bend.
In the Ming Dynasty, Japanese pirates often invaded the lives of coastal residents and brought huge disasters to the people. The court asked Qi Jiguang to drive out the Japanese pirates, so Qi Jiguang led the army to fight the Japanese pirates several times. The Japanese swords were used by the Japanese pirates. This kind of sword was very lethal and brought huge losses to the court's army.
In order to defeat the Japanese pirates, Qi Jiguang began to research weapons, combining ancient Chinese ritual swords with Japanese swords, absorbing the advantages of these two kinds of swords, and creating a new style of Miao Dao, which are far more powerful than Japanese swords. The Japanese sword is actually a kind of machete. Although it is powerful, it has many unreasonable points. The handle of the Japanese sword is very difficult to hold, and it is easy to injure yourself. The seedling sword is longer than the Japanese sword, and it is similar to a straight sword. Such a sword does not easily hurt the holder itself. The design of the seedling sword makes it more lethal than the Japanese sword, and its safety is also higher than that of the Japanese sword.
The reason why the Miao Dao is the nemesis of the Japanese sword is that the Miao Dao is more reasonable in design than the Japanese sword. In use, the Miao Dao is safer and more lethal than the Japanese sword. Facts have proved that the Japanese sword is not defeated by the Miao Dao. In Qi Jiguang's war against the Japanese pirates, the battle with the Miao Dao was won.
Basic knowledge of Miao Dao training
1. Hold a Dao
When holding the Dao, hold the Dao in the left hand. The left thumb and the tiger's mouth press the Dao disc, the back of the Dao is against the forearm, the index finger pushes the Dao forward, so that the Dao is against the body, and the ring finger and little finger support the Dao disc. Generally, the miao dao will be used in the holding style when starting the style.
2. Grip a Dao
There are two ways to hold a Dao in Miaodao: one-handed holding and two-handed holding. When holding the Dao with one hand, hold the Dao with the right hand with the tiger's mouth attached to the guard. The Dao should be held loosely when you hold it. The five-finger grip of the Dao should be tight. Avoid holding the Dao too tightly.
1) Holding Dao with one hand
When holding the Dao with both hands, you can hold the Dao with your right hand in front, or with your left hand in front, hold the front of the Dao in one hand (near the guard), and the back of the handle in the other. Too tight. Holding the Dao with both hands, practice the technique with the left and right hands respectively.
2) Hold the Dao with both hands
The Miao Dao has a long and slender blade. It is different from ordinary flower Dao. In the process of practice, the Dao is usually held with both hands. The Dao technique retains the characteristics of the Dao technique in the ancient battlefield. The technique is simple and the structure is tight. The practical technique, although the existing sword techniques are compiled into routine exercises, but in each style of the original sword technique, the open single practice posture contains practical techniques. In the process of practicing Miao Dao, the routines, single-position techniques and pairing exercises all need to be practiced in contrast to know the use of his moves.
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11/24/2022. The Silver Swallow Miao Dao in my collection is perhaps the most interesting sword i own. Period.
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