Qing Ping Jian
Qing Ping Sword （青萍剑）began in Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1279). The martial art concept was created in the Long Mian Mountains of An Hui Province (安徽龙眠). Long Mian literal translation is “where the dragon sleeps”. Based on historical records, Qing Ping is an evolution of Chung Yang Sword. It was the tradition to pass on the knowledge of these martial art forms through masters. Since the creation of Qing Ping there have been over 17 generations of masters and students. Qing Ping was viewed by ancient practitioners as a jewel-like treasure, and as a result, is one of the most famous and deep-rooted ancient sword forms in China. It is taught through deep contemplation and teaches the disciples through meaningful poems.
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.