Chen Saber (Yi Dao)

This short, flashy form is required for the second degree black sash. It’s performed with a flexible broadsword and lasts only about a minute. A section can be repeated to add length for purposes of competition, where a minimum time of two minutes or more may be required.

For video, the best I’ve found is Chen Zhenglai. The sequence of his form is slightly different from what we do at Master Gohring’s school, but it’s mostly the same. Master Gohring would be doing the form the way he learned it from Grandmaster Cheng Jincai.

Chen Zhenglei performs Chen-shi Yi Dao

Chen Zhenglei performs Chen-shi Yi Dao

Also, Master Gohring has an entire playlist from a workshop that Master Blue Siytangco held at our school a few years ago.

Master Siytangco teaches Chen Saber

Master Siytangco teaches Chen Saber

On Master Gohring’s YouTube, you can also see Mister Hunter and Mister Rodriguez performing at Black Sash Graduation 2010. Very dark! And shot from the back. But this is exactly the form we do.

Here’s the list of movements:

  1. Preparing Form
  2. Protect the Heart
  3. Blue Green Dragon Leaps from the Sea
  4. Wind Sweeps the Wilting Flowers
  5. White Clouds Overhead
  6. Black Tiger Searches the Mountain
  7. Su Chin carries the Sword on His Back
  8. Golden Rooster Stands Alone
  9. Turn to Coming Force
  10. Cut the White Snake at the Waist
  11. Three Rings Around the Sun
  12. Part Clouds to See the Sun
  13. Search Grass for Snake
  14. Blue Green Dragon Leaps from the Sea
  15. Wind Sweeps the Wilting Flowers
  16. White Crane Inserts Golden Wing
  17. Nei Zha Searches Sea Bottom
  18. Turn and Chop Left
  19. Turn and Chop Right
  20. White Snake Spits Poison
  21. Embrace the Moon
  22. Close Form
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