Yang Sword

I am in love with the double-edged sword. This is the third sword form I’ve learned, after Chen sword and 32-sword. It is NOT required for either the first or second degree black sash test at Master Gohring’s school. Like other traditional forms, this one is somewhat time-obscured.


My sword is from KungFuDirect.com

I’ve found six videos, two from Master Gohring’s school and four by other masters. (1) This video of class with names seems a little brisk in pace to me; it takes only about three minutes. That’s barely enough time to say all those long names! (2) This student demo was performed at Master Gohring’s 2013 Black Sash Graduation (4 minutes). The form runs a bit longer when performed by (3) Sifu Peter Tam Hoy, (4) Yang Jian Chao, (5) Li Guang Qi, and (6) Yang Jun.

1. Yang sword class  2. Yang sword demo 3. Peter Tam Hoy

4. Yang Jian Chao 5. Li Guang Qi 6. Yang Jun

The form looks quite different from one video to the next! I think it might be characteristic of traditional forms, which are by nature handed down from one teacher to another, that they vary this much.

Michael Garofalo lists the same movements we learn in class, along with numerous alternative translations that he has come across in his rather extensive research. Here’s the list of names.

  1. Step forward moving sword and hand together
  2. Divinity points the way
  3. Three rings around the moon (L,R)
  4. Major literary star
  5. Swallow beats the water (times three)
  6. Block and sweep from the left
  7. Block and sweep from the right
  8. Minor literary star
  9. Bee enters the cave
  10. Alert cat catches the mouse
  11. Dragonfly strikes the water
  12. Swallow returns to the nest
  13. Phoenix spreads both wings (slant flying)
  14. Whirling wind counterclockwise
  15. Minor literary star
  16. Whirling wind counterclockwise
  17. The attitude of catching a fish
  18. Divide the grass in search of a snake (times three)
  19. Embrace the moon
  20. The bird returns to the forest
  21. The black dragon wags its tail
  22. The wind rolls the lotus leaf
  23. The lion shakes its head
  24. The tiger holds its head
  25. The horse leaps over the stream
  26. Turn your body to stop the horse
  27. The compass
  28. Wave tassels against the wind
  29. Push boat with current
  30. Shooting star chases the moon
  31. The running horse goes wild
  32. Rolling up the screen
  33. The wheel spins left and right
  34. The swallow holds mud in its beak
  35. The roc spreads its wings
  36. Scooping the moon from the bottom of the sea
  37. Embracing the moon, the spirit searches the sea
  38. The rhino gazes at the moon
  39. Shooting the flying goose
  40. The dragon stretches its claws
  41. The phoenix spreads both wings
  42. Cross fence with left leg
  43. Cross fence with right leg
  44. Shooting the flying goose
  45. The white ape offers fruit
  46. The flowers fall left/right/left/right
  47. Fair lady works shuttles
  48. The white tiger wags its tail
  49. The fish leaps over the dragon’s gate
  50. The black dragon coils around the pillar
  51. The divinity points the way
  52. The wind sweeps the falling flowers
  53. Holding the tablet before your bosom
  54. Embrace the sword
  55. Return to starting position

On my to-do list: learn the standardized 56-form and figure out how it compares to this traditional form.

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