• Creator
  • The Association
  • Created Date
  • 1917
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
  • Description
  • This lantern slide, “Sword Fighting (1917),” shows two International YMCA College, now Springfield College, freshmen wearing traditional Chinese outfits. They are (left) Wen Lin Wang, Class of 1921, and (right) Shih Ching Wang, Class of 1921, and both are from Peking, China. They are standing in the middle of what is most likely the West Gymnasium in Judd Gymnasia. Wen Lin Wang appears to be wielding two dao, which are single-edged Chinese swo... more
    This lantern slide, “Sword Fighting (1917),” shows two International YMCA College, now Springfield College, freshmen wearing traditional Chinese outfits. They are (left) Wen Lin Wang, Class of 1921, and (right) Shih Ching Wang, Class of 1921, and both are from Peking, China. They are standing in the middle of what is most likely the West Gymnasium in Judd Gymnasia. Wen Lin Wang appears to be wielding two dao, which are single-edged Chinese swords. While dao have varied greatly over the centuries, most are moderately curved and single-edged. The hilts sometimes curve in the opposite direction as the blade, improving its handling. Shih Ching Wang is using hook swords (also known as twin hook swords, tiger hook swords, fu tao, shuang gou, or qian kun ri yue dao). These swords have substantial hand guards, a hook near the tip, and a dagger-like hilt. Martial artists typically use the sharpened back like a regular sword, the hook for tripping enemies and catching weapons, the crescent guard for blocking, and the hilt as a dagger. When used as a pair, the fighter can loosely connect the two swords, thereby extending the blade to almost six feet. Text on border reads, "YMCA College Springfield Mass, Chinese Students Fencing. less
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  • Photographs
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