Qing Ping Jian
Qing Ping (青萍) is originally the name of an ancient sharp sword that was made to cut gold and jade. Due to this, the symbolism of this name is to convey invisibility. Qing Ping Jian (青萍剑) is a complete Chinese sword system. According to an 18th-century book, a Daoist monk by the of named Pan Zhenren created the system. He is said to be an excellent swordsman and scholar who meditated for years on Dragon & Tiger mountain as he developed his skills with the sword. His work set the foundation to create Qing Ping Jian and turn it into being a sword system that fuses the strengths of many martial art schools and Daoist theories.
Qing Ping Jian is comprised of 16 basic techniques that can be found in other classical straight sword systems. These techniques include: Dian 点 (point), Beng 崩(bounce), Ci 刺 (stab), Yun 云 (cloud circle), Mo 抹(wipe), Gua 挂(circle parry), Tiao 挑(pick upwards), Liao 撩 (glide up), Pi 劈(chop), Ti 提(raise), Bo 拨(poke aside), Chan 缠 (entangle), Jei 截(ambush), Lan 拦 (block), Chao 抄(seize circle), Sao 扫(sweep horizontal).
Yang Style Qing Ping Jian (杨式青萍剑) is made up of 4 routines that utilize these techniques which add up to 208 moves to master. The first routine emphasizes the foundation skills including stances, basic sword skills, and posture. This phase is designed to build the foundation and understanding of the 16 basic techniques, their applications, principles and how they relate to each other. The following 3 routines get increasingly more difficult and complex characterized by light, swift movements, turns and direction changes, with altering rhythms. Footwork is often evasive with the body moving one way, the feet another, and sword yet another. Because of the physical and technical demands of the Qing Ping routines, it is considered an advanced skill and students will need to have a solid foundation in bare-hand forms before taking on the challenge.