Grandmaster Wang Sutian: Eight-Diagrams Free-Hand Broadsword (bagua sanshou dao 八卦散手刀)
The Eight-Diagrams Free-Hand Broadsword is a unique weapon of Bagua or Eight Diagrams. Like Tai Chi, Bagua is an internal practice that emphasizes soft, circular movements. Created by Grandmaster Dong Haichuan during the Qing Dynasty, Bagua is based upon the Book of Changes. The swirling spinning movements of the Eight-Diagrams Free-Hand Broadsword are very distinctive.
Grandmaster Wang Sutian was born in 1918 in Hubei province. He is a professor emeritus at Martial Arts Department of the Chengdu Sport University.
The Legendary Grandmasters of China series showcases many of the leading elder grandmasters of China. The footage was collected from 1983 to 1986 during China’s National Martial Arts Survey. When the department in charge of this survey was shut down by the government, much of the data was lost. Fortunately, some footage was recovered and has been re-mastered to include new lesson material. Each form demonstrated by the Grandmasters is broken down for instructional purposes by leading contemporary practitioners of these styles. TC Media is proud to present these historic videos in order to preserve the legacy of these extraordinary Grandmasters.