Discussion of Chinese historical swordsmanship from all styles.
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This year's Champion's prize is a sword that faithfully reproduces the ceremonial Shen Feng sword carried by the Emperor Qianlong's attendants on auspicious occasions. The name Shen Feng is tricky to translate into English. Shen means spirit and Feng means sharp. Together they mean extremely sharp, implying to be used by skilled hands. Like the original, this recreation is decorated with semi-precious stones and gold. Only 2 of the original Shen Feng Swords are known; one is in the collection of the Forbidden City and there is one in the Musée de l'Armée in Paris.The Qianlong Emperor's reign (1736-1795) was the zenith of Qing military power. Qianlong himself was something of a renaissance man, being an accomplished painter, poet and martial artist. In fact, it is said that he could best his own body guards. He was also the last Chinese emperor to personally lead his troops in combat. During his life, Qianlong had over a hundred swords designed for his personal use and the use of his close attendants. The design of many of these swords break with Chinese design traditions and are typically, lavishly decorated.
Anyone who wants a chance at winning this sword should bear in mind that registration for this National Tournament closes on September 23rd... registration from will be emailed to all members.
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