Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mounted War Spear (unmounted)

Mǎshàng Zhàn Qiāng, Horse Mounted War Spear
This spear form is practiced in the Wuwei and Liangzhou areas of Gansu province and uses the standard 9 foot spear used by the Chinese cavalry.
Throughout history Gansu has been home to many semi-nomadic tribes. These tribes relied on the horse for transportation survival and warfare. All throughout Chinese history there were large numbers of soldiers posted to defend the western border from their frequent raids. A major part of the defense force was the cavalry including units of mounted spearmen. This form was created from the traditional spear techniques used by the mounted troops.

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