Martial Arts

Last update: Sunday 29 October 2006

The techniques and skills -- down-to-earth, legendary and everything in between -- that gave DGSD its kick! :-D

72 Consummate Pugilistic Techniques of Shaolin, The (Shao4 Lin2 Qi1 Shi2 Er4 Jue2 Ji4 少林七十二绝技) - Details...

72-Stance Axe Technique of Random Splits in the Wind, The (Qi1 Shi2 Er4 Lu4 Luan4 Pi1 Feng1 Fu3 Fa3 七十二路乱披风斧法) - used by Gu Ducheng against Ye the Second (Chapter 8).

Criss-Cross Chop, The (Shi2 Zi4 Kan3 十字砍) - a consummate skill that was unique to Qin Hongmian; enabled her to establish a name in the realm of the rivers and lakes. Necessitated the use of both of Qin's Sabres of Antagonism in a rapid succession of horizontal and vertical movements that formed the Chinese character for the number 'ten', i.e. 十. Claimed many victims in the past (Chapter 8).

Cool and Refreshing Folding Fan Technique, The (Qing1 Liang2 Shan4 清凉扇) - used by Zhu Danchen; included a range of moves for sealing the opponent's acupoints. The 38th move, known as the 'Bone-Piercing Fan' (Tou4 Gu3 Shan4 透骨扇) entailed closing the fan and turning it around, so that the handle could be used to hit an acupoint on the opponent's shoulder and reduce him to a crumpled immobile heap on the ground (Chapter 12).

Dog-Beating Stick, The (Da3 Gou3 Bang4 Fa4 打狗棒法) - a technique belonging to the Beggars' Gang; reported by A'Zhu as being learnt by Murong Fu. A specialised skill that was not imparted to outsiders (Chapter 12).

The Double-Storeyed Water Pavilion of Bestowals (belonging to the Murongs) and the Jade Cavern Library of the Lord of Heaven (belonging to the Wangs) had portions that could be put together to form an incomplete manual for the Dog-Beating Stick; did not include any of the methods used to exercise one's internal strength during the execution of the technique. Murong Fu practised the Dog-Beating Stick without the internal strength methods because he reasoned that these methods could be re-created; Wang Yuyan thought that the process would take at least 8 to 10 years (Chapter 12).

Had a combination of very fast and very slow moves; should not be executed at the same hurried speed according to the materials at the Double-Storeyed Water Pavilion (Chapter 12).

Eighteen Dragon-Subduing Palms (Xiang2 Long2 Shi2 Ba1 Zhang3 降龙十八掌) - see Twenty-Eight Dragon-Subduing Palms.

Finger of Buddha's Warrior Attendant, The (Jin1 Gang1 Zhi3 金刚指) - a finger-based technique that was practised by the Yellow-Browed Monk from the Temple of Flower Offerings (Chapter 8).

Finger of Flower Offerings, The (Nian1 Hua1 Zhi3 拈花指) - see 72 Consummate Pugilistic Techniques of Shaolin, The.

Finger of the Formless Raid, The (Wu2 Xiang4 Jie2 Zhi3 无相劫指) - see 72 Consummate Pugilistic Techniques of Shaolin, The.

Finger of the Pattra Leaf, The (Duo1 Luo2 Ye4 Zhi3 多罗叶指) - see 72 Consummate Pugilistic Techniques of Shaolin, The.

Graceful Steps Upon the Waves (Ling2 Bo1 Wei Bu4 凌波微步) - Details...

Great and Magical Energy-Dissolving Skill, The (Hua4 Gong1 Da4 Fa3 化功大法) - a technique practised by the Old Queer Ding Chunqiu from the Sea of Constellations (Chapter 9). Deemed to be an evil and unorthodox technique that was used to dissipate the internal strength of others (Chapter 10). Described by Duan Yu using some words from the scroll of the Mystical Skill of Northern Darkness as a 'laughable, unorthodox, despicable and destructive technique that was akin to obtaining and then casting away a thousand pieces of gold'. In the 2nd edition, the word 'despicable' was not included in the description (Chapter 11).

Great Veda Baton, The (Da4 Wei2 Tuo1 Chu3 大韦陀杵) - see 72 Consummate Pugilistic Techniques of Shaolin, The.

Keys to the Internal Strength Cultivation Techniques of the Duan Family (Duan4 Shi4 Nei4 Gong1 Fa3 Yao4 段氏内功法要) - taught by the Emperor Baoding to Duan Yu in an attempt to control the 'loose' energy streams in the latter's body; exquisite and unique in its methods. Enabled Duan Yu to bring the various streams of energy that he had drawn into his body since his capture by The Boundless Sword/Cave under control and have them stored in his 'sea' of energy (Chapter 10).

Meditations on Whithered-ness and Glory (Ku1 Rong2 Chan2 Gong1 枯荣禅功) - a meditation technique practised by Kurong; resulted in a level of internal strength that was high enough to 'remove' all the hair from the head of the Emperor Baoding simply by placing a hand over the head (without touching the hair) and exercising the internal strength against the hair. Also resulted in Kurong having a frightening face -- the left half was rosy, glowing and smooth like that of a baby, but the right half was sallow, wizened and skeletal (Chapter 10).

Mystical Skill of Northern Darkness (Bei3 Ming2 Shen2 Gong1 北冥神功) - Details...

Palm of the Five Nets Upon the Wispy Smoke, The (Wu3 Luo2 Qing1 Yan1 Zhang3 五罗轻烟掌) - a technique that enabled practitioners to send gusts of air with their palms (ostensibly to put out candles, as demonstrated by Duan Zhengchun) in a smooth and flowing manner, without actually looking at the targets themselves. Taught by Duan Zhengchun to Mu Wanqing's martial arts teacher, who in turn insisted on taking the skill to her grave (Chapter 7).

Phenomenal Swords of the Six Channels, The (Liu4 Mai4 Shen Jian4 六脉神剑) - Details...

Qinggong (qing1 gong1 轻功) - the highly-practised ability to run lightly at great speeds over long distances and to leap over great heights; used by a number of people including Zhong Ling (Chapter 1), Yue the Third and Yun Zhonghe (Chapter 4).

Releasing Acupoints Through Space (Ge2 Kong1 Jie2 Xue4 隔空解穴) - a technique that enabled practitioners to unblock the acupoints of an individual over a given distance, without touching the individual at all. Used by the Emperor Baoding to release the acupoints of Gan Baobao that had been blocked by Duan Zhengchun (Chapter 7).

Roar of the Lion, The (Shi1 Zi3 Hou3 狮子吼) - an extremely high-level martial arts technique belonging to the Buddhist strain of pugilism; could be used to frighten the enemy or show respect to friends. Practised by Kurong from the Temple of the Celestial Dragon (Chapter 10).

Sabre of the Glowing Flame, The (Huo3 Yan4 Dao1 火焰刀) - a type of palm-based energy that could not be seen or touched; a formidable skill that could kill without leaving any traces (Chapter 10). Moves include:

  • 'The White Rainbow Pierces the Sun' (Bai2 Hong2 Guan4 Ri4 白虹贯日) - an exquisite move that was used by Jiumozhi to attack Duan Yu (Chapter 10).

Single Finger of Positivity, The (Yi1 Yang2 Zhi3 一阳指) - Details...

Snow-Melting Skill of the Six Positives, The (Liu4 Yang2 Rong2 Xue3 Gong1 六阳融雪功) - a name that Duan Yu made up for the Mystical Skill of Northern Darkness after Wang Yuyan mistook it for the Great and Magical Energy-Dissolving Skill; apparently the result of combining the Single Finger of Positivity with the Phenomenal Swords of the Six Channels (Chapter 12).

Soft/Flexible Whip Technique of A Hundred Victories (Bai3 Sheng4 Ruan3 Bian1 百胜软鞭) - practised by Ke Baisui; had a move called 'A Thousand Cracks Upon the Soul of Heaven' (Chapter 12). See Miscellaneous Moves below.

Techniques of The Boundless Sword - used by the leaders and disciples of The Boundless Sword. Moves include:

  • 'The Gold Needle Pulls Through a Disaster' (Jin1 Zhen1 Du4 Jie2 金针渡劫) - used by Zuo Zimu in an attempt to remove the Lightning Marten from Gong Guangjie (Chapter 1).
  • 'The White Rainbow Pierces the Sun' (Bai2 Hong2 Guan4 Ri4 白虹贯日) - used by Zuo Zimu against Ye the Second in an attempt to retrieve his son (Chapter 5).
  • 'Ten Thousand Varieties of Grass Compete for Beauty' (Wan4 Hui4 Zheng1 Yan4 万卉争艳) - used by Zuo Zimu against Yun Zhonghe when the latter tried to hit him over the head with a steel claw (Chapter 5).
  • 'Pushing the Boat Along the Current' (Shun4 Shui3 Tui1 Zhou1 顺水推舟) - used by Zuo Zimu against Yun Zhonghe as a follow-through move (Chapter 5).

Tendon-Changing Sutra, The (Yi4 Jin1 Jing1 易筋经) - Noted on the bookshelves of the Library of the Lord of Heaven in the Boundless Cavern as "lacking" from its collection of martial arts from the Shaolin School (Chapter 2).

Tiger's Claw, The (Hu3 Zhao3 Gong1 虎爪功) - a claw technique practised by Hua Hegen, whose fingers could then be used like dig through the soil like a pair of iron rakes (Chapter 8).

True Energy of Northern Darkness (Bei3 Ming2 Zhen1 Qi4 北冥真气) - the internal strength that resulted from practising the Mystical Skill of Northern Darkness; accummulated and stored in the Shan Zhong acupoint on the chest (Chapter 5). See Mystical Skill of Northern Darkness for details.

Twenty-Eight Dragon-Subduing Palms, The (Xiang2 Long2 Nian4 Ba1 Zhang3 降龙廿八掌) - Noted on the bookshelves of the Library of the Lord of Heaven in the Boundless Cavern as "lacking" from its collection of martial arts from the Beggars' Gang. In the 2nd edition, this technique was called the 'Eighteen Dragon-Subduing Palms' (Xiang2 Long2 Shi2 Ba1 Zhang3 降龙十八掌) (Chapter 2). A specialised skill that was not imparted to outsiders (Chapter 12).

Miscellaneous Moves
  • A Thousand Cracks Upon the Soul of Heaven (Tian1 Ling2 Qian1 Lie4 天灵千裂) - a move that entailed smashing the skull of the opponent with a burst of raw and solid power, using a soft/flexible whip. Used by Ke Baisui to kill his enemies; also the same move that killed Ke himself (Chapter 9).Stated by Wang Yuyan as the 4th variation of the 27th move (3rd edition only; previously it was the '29th') in the Soft/Flexible Whip Technique of A Hundred Victories. Employed strange movements in its execution; a strength-based tehcnique that could not be considered top-notch (Chapter 12).
  • Black Tiger Steals a Heart, The (Hei1 Hu3 Tou1 Xin1 黑虎偷心) - a very common martial arts move that involves claw-like seizing with one's hands. Mentioned by Duan Yu as an example of an 'extremely easy' martial arts stance that he could not even do while talking to Wang Yuyan (Chapter 12).
  • Carp Flips Over, The (Li3 Yu2 Fan1 Shen1 鲤鱼翻身) - a very common move in martial arts where the practitioner lifts both his legs and brings them down hard, so that his body can be raised to an upright and standing position from a prone position on the ground. Qian Guangshen theorised that Gan Guanghao and Ge Guangpei fell into a ravine after they used the 'Carp Flips Over' in a fit of passion (Chapter 5).
  • Carp Straightens, The (Li3 Yu2 Da3 Ting3 鲤鱼打挺) - a move used to Yue the Third to break free from Duan Yu's grasp on his Shen Que acupoint (Chapter 6).
  • Cloud-Blocking Hand, The (Lan2 Yun2 Shou3 拦云手) - a move used by the Yellow-Browed Monk to deal with the teenager that he met on his way to Shandong 45 years earlier (Chapter 9).
  • Fall of a Thousand Jin, The (Qian1 Jin1 Zhui4 千斤坠) - a common martial arts move in Jin Yong novels, in which the practitioner forces himself to return to the ground at a speedier pace while in mid-air. Yue the Third used the 'Fall of a Thousand Jin' to land quickly after realising that Yun Zhonghe did not have a valid reason to harm Duan Yu (Chapter 5).
  • Golden Chicken Stands on One Leg, The (Jin1 Ji1 Du2 Li4 金鸡独立) - a very common stance in martial arts where the practitioner stands with one foot on the ground and the other raised into the air. Yue the Third used the 'Golden Chicken Stands on One Leg' when he took Mu Wanqing away (Chapter 4). Mentioned by Duan Yu as an example of an 'extremely easy' martial arts stance that he could not even do while talking to Wang Yuyan (Chapter 12).
  • Iron Bridge, The (Tie3 Ban3 Qiao2 铁板桥) - a move that entailed the planting of one's feet firmly on a level (horizontal) surface before allowing the body to fall backwards with the feet as 'hinges'; used by Gao Shengtai to avoid a frontal attack by Zhong Wanchou (Chapter 7).
  • Morning Breeze Sways the Willows, The (Xiao3 Feng1 Fu2 Liu3 晓风拂柳) - a move that Mu Wanqing used as a defensive posture against anything that might attack her after she was pushed into the stone hut at the Valley of Ten Thousand Calamities by the Stranger in Black (Chapter 7).
  • Phoenix Perches on the Chinese Parasoltree, The (Feng4 Qi1 Yu2 Wu2 凤栖于梧) - a move that involved hitting the opponent over the head; used by Dao Baifeng against Qin Hongmian (Chapter 8).
  • Pitting One Burst of Strength Against Another (Jie4 Li4 Da3 Li4 借力打力) - a method of utilising energy bursts/streams that came from external/other sources. Benchen (a.k.a. the Emperor Baoding) pitted the opposing energy streams from Jiumozhi and Duan Yu to break out of Jiumozhi's grasp (Chapter 10).

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Key Techniques in Demi-Gods, Semi-Devils

72 Consummate Pugilistic Techniques of Shaolin, The

a.k.a. Shao4 Lin2 Qi1 Shi2 Er4 Jue2 Ji4 少林七十二绝技.

Graceful Steps Upon the Waves, The

a.k.a. Ling2 Bo1 Wei Bu4 凌波微步.

Mystical Skill of Northern Darkness, The

a.k.a. Bei3 Ming2 Shen2 Gong1 北冥神功.

Phenomenal Swords of the Six Channels, The

a.k.a. Liu4 Mai4 Shen Jian4 六脉神剑.

Single Finger of Positivity, The

a.k.a. Yi1 Yang2 Zhi3 一阳指.