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Old 12-14-2010, 12:42 PM   #1
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Chain whip

Does anyone have any tips or links as to how I can better my skills with the chain whip? I have a heavy gauge 9 section. There are no instructors anywhere around my area that I've found, and I have no friends currently practicing with this weapon. I know the figure 8, double 8, etc, but anyone can swing it in a couple circles. I'm looking to get somewhat proficient. I know that personal teachers are always best, but as there are none around, internet is my next best option, or ordering a book/dvd. I don't expect to master it by any means without personal instruction, but I'd like to get a lot better than I am now. Arigato Gozaimasu.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: Chain whip

I have minimal knowledge, but the easiest way to get better is practice.

When I bought mine several years ago, it came with a dvd that was really helpful. I will have to find it and let you know the title. I believe I got it from century martial arts though.... Just be ready to get a few major bruises while learning how to do a few things. I got a HUGE bruise on my leg once learning a new way to change directions using the elbow of my arm. It hurt, but I got over it.

I know there are youtube video's out there though. Best of luck!

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Old 12-14-2010, 04:00 PM   #3
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Re: Chain whip

i got some chain and whip but the wife told me to return them. apparently she wasn't into that sort of thing; although, i kept the metal studded leather collar.
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:13 PM   #4
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Re: Chain whip

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Just be ready to get a few major bruises while learning how to do a few things. I got a HUGE bruise on my leg once learning a new way to change directions using the elbow of my arm. It hurt, but I got over it.
I've heard of injuries to the teeth, as well. That spike on the end can come on around after you think you've stopped the chain...

I've only worked briefly with an actual 9-section whip but always thought it was one of the most interesting of Chinese weapons. And so I've experimented a lot with chains of various sizes that I've found. I have a big heavy one in a tool box that I sometimes haul out and work with. Got everything I know from a movie called variously Five Shaolin Masters, maybe Five Masters of Death...some really interesting whip techniques in there.

On the whole, though, watching the modern wushu forms I find only moderately interesting.

I think the actual 9-section whip is impractical as an actual weapon, though imminently effective as a theoretical weapon. However, most of that theory can be actualized if you use an ordinary chain. I mean, it looks rather premeditated when you have an actual 9-section whip and use it in some kind of confrontation. But if you happened to have a chain lying around and you picked it up to defend yourself against maybe a baseball bat or maybe a rake, hoe or pick...

The chain has enormous potential and it can be lots of fun to work with if you watch what you're doing. Otherwise, you can get some teeth knocked out.

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I know there are youtube video's out there though. Best of luck!
Gotta look those up.

Best to y'all.

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Old 12-14-2010, 05:21 PM   #5
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Re: Chain whip

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I know there are youtube video's out there though. Best of luck!
This one's from National Geographic. Pretty good. They say a student is more likely to injure himself with the whip chain than with any other weapon....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcPr-AP1Vss

Let's be careful out there.

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