Shaolin Daggers

Of all the Northern Shaolin forms I studied for years one of my favorites was the Shaolin Double Daggers.

Praying Mantis Shaolin style


Perhaps it was the speed combined with the footwork and expressive movements. After all—since they were short weapons— we followed the adage of playing them long so it felt, at times, like the perfect long fist set if, for no other reason, than all the stretching movements were completely justified. Here are a few more of hand-picked, to say the least, sets we allow under the title of  “Shaolin”: a very ancient looking mantis, and two (yes, two) double daggers sets.

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