Differences between dai (带) jian and chou (抽) jian

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Differences between dai (带) jian and chou (抽) jian

Postby petr » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:17 am

Greetings All,
I would like to ask you about your opinion on the differences between dai (带) jian and chou (抽) jian techniques. Some authors differentiate them in terms of direction the particular technique is performed – one going from left to right , the other from right to left, others by using horizontal or vertical blade, some do not differentiate them at all. What do you think?

Thank you,
Petr :-)
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Re: Differences between dai (带) jian and chou (抽) jian

Postby Audi » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:33 am

Greetings Petr,

I am unsure of the difference, if any, Masters Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun have taught. What I think I recall was a reference to an inward drawing cut as chōu (抽) and a right to left curving horizontal sweep as dài (带). In both cases, the point remained pointing forward throughout the movement.

Chōu (抽) means to "draw" or "pull," and dài (带) can mean to "bring/carry along." I think the idea for us could be that chōu (抽) applies to any move in which the important part of the movement entails drawing the sword in. For dài (带), the idea is to control the opponent's blade by bringing its energy in and to the side.

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