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Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Sai: Fundamental Training" (DVD) by Nicholas C. Yang. A Review


Sai: Fundamental Training - DVD
Nicholas C. Yang
YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
www.ymaa.com
ISBN: 9781594393495; $49.95; 1 February 2016
5 or 5 Stars

In martial arts weapons are a significant emphasis. The goal, in the end, is to become proficient in a broad spectrum of armaments and so to become fluid and flexible enough to turn anything into a weapon. The Sai (Chinese: chai) has a long history in short-range weaponry. Nicholas C. Yang has crafted a 4 ½ hour video to walk martial artists through the basic fundamentals of using double sai, teaching the sequence of the Chinese White Crane Double Sai, and carefully illustrating the martial applications of almost all of the various moves.

The DVD begins with a special presentation by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming on the history and principles of the double sai. Then Nicholas Yang takes over to explain and demonstrate solo moves of both blocking and striking. He next gives a sampling of partner training, and finally spends the remainder of the time working the sai trainee through the double sai sequence in four sections. Yang and two helpers exhibit each section several times, after which he then expounds and establishes the combative features of each move, normally against a long bo staff.

“Sai: Fundamental Training” is an efficient DVD training program that is useable at home and in martial arts schools. Watching and following the suggested regimen will give the viewer a good working knowledge for this weapon. I highly recommend the DVD.

My thanks to YMAA for the free copy of “Sai: Fundamental Training” used for this review and sent at my request. The assessments are mine given without restrictions or requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255).

{Here is a short sample of the DVD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkxEcdbsJP0}

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