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http://brennantranslation.wordpress.com/STARTLING-RAINBOW SWORD (JINGHONGJIAN)Posted onJanuary 30, 2014byPaul Brennan-THE ART OF THE STARTLING-RAINBOW SWORDby Yin Qianhe[published by Pole Star Press (and printed by Good Advice Printing House), Sep 1, 1960][translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2014]-

Chinese Martial Arts Book Collection #9:The Art of the Startling-Rainbow Sword- calligraphy by Yin Qianhe-CONTENTSOne: First Preface [by Shen Honglie]Two: Second Preface [by Chen Panling]Three: Authors PrefaceFour: General Introduction to Chinese Martial ArtsFive: Moral Attitudes to Adhere to in Martial Arts TrainingSix: Four Requirements for Practicing Martial ArtsSeven: Things to Pay Attention to When Practicing Martial ArtsEight: General Introduction to the Sword ArtNine: Secrets of Sword PracticeTen: A Couple of Sword SongsEleven: A Few Pointers for Learning the SwordTwelve: Startling-Rainbow Sword Posture Names in SequenceThirteen: Orientation ChartFourteen: The Scholarly Names, Technical Names, Movement Descriptions, and Photos of the Postures (including fifty-two [fifty-one] photos)Fifteen: Some Things I Have to Say About the Art of the Startling-Rainbow SwordSixteen: On the Making of Swords[The three prefaces are all recycled from Yins Baduanjin and Taiji Sword manuals (both published in 1958) with but a few alterations. In chapters 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, and 13, Yin reuses material from his Taiji Sword manual, but has for this book mostly reworked such sections into greatly expanded versions, making this the more comprehensive of his two sword books.]-PREFACE BY SHEN HONGLIEThe flourishing of our spirit as well as the growth of all our education and enterprise is based first of all upon the health of the body. Therefore if we wish to stand both individually and together, and to succeed both individually and together, we must start by giving importance to physical education, training daily and lifelong. This is what is meant by strengthening the self. The rise or fall of the people of a nation, the superiority or inferiority of their culture is dependent entirely on the strength or weakness of the people. Therefore if we wish to develop culturally and rouse national prestige, we must popularize physical education, establishing it in organizations and societies, cities and rural areas. This is what is meant by strengthening the masses. There are so many kinds of physical education, such as track and field events or ball sports, which are now in vogue in our nation as they are in the rest of the world. It might be appropriate for us to train in such things, but if we instead choose to glorify our nation by concentrating on our customary native martial arts, they do not require special equipment or specific facilities, are not restricted by schedule or size of a group, nor do they cost any money, which means that due to the present strained state of our economy, they are significantly easier to popularize. Chinese martial arts attach importance to the three unions: mind united with intention, intention united with energy, energy united with power. This causes the mind to be always stable and the spirit always focused, and thus it is said that skill approaches the Way. Martial virtue is thereby put on a pedestal, being minded toward the public good and to the deliverance of those in distress. Once we make use of such a realization, then the strengthening of oneself and the strengthening of the masses is all that is required in the cause of protecting ones home and defending the nation. Between the Mukden Incident [Sep 18, 1931] and the Marco Polo Bridge Incident [July 7, 1937], I was in charge of the administration of the military in Qingdao. Throughout that time, the nation was under threat and so we built up the nations military strength by promoting martial arts. Some sixty thousand townspeople were trained [smelted in the furnace] in preparation to fight the enemy. When the Marco Polo Bridge Incident occurred, Japanese soldiers and civilians were forced to have diplomatic relations broken off and leave because of the mission to burn nine large Japanese cotton mills conducted by the martial arts teachers Gao Fangxian and Yang Qingxian, who each led a team of martial artists to accomplish this. Soon they both received orders to take control of Shandong, continuing the resistance against the Japanese. Yin Qianhe is a long-time martial arts adept who led several hundred warriors that he had trained for the struggle against Japan. At that time, the armies throughout the whole province were being rigorously drilled in martial arts. In fighting the enemy and smiting the invaders, Gao, Yang, and Yin made an especially large contribution, boosting confidence in the potential of martial arts to defend the nation. The people of Qingdao are loyal and brave, honest and sincere, and so because of the shift in power since the rebellion, many of them followed the government in its relocation to Taiwan. Being in the army, Gao, Yang, and Yin came along as well. In their spare time, they still teach martial arts. In recent years, Yin has been a schoolteacher and a great many have learned from him. He decided to spend his time after teaching classes to write contributions to the Chinese Martial Arts Book Collection. Once he had completed these books, he sought a preface from me. Although I have loved martial arts my whole life, I have actually not obtained much in the way of skill, and yet I am now in my eighth decade but not at all a feeble man, and so I am entirely convinced that I have gained by it. Science is now flourishing and this is an era of development in weaponry. If we wish to walk among the great powers, we need to engage in advanced scientific research, and we especially have to solidify our cultural foundation in order to promote the health of the people. In this regard, the easiest way is the popularization of Chinese martial arts, which cannot be overlooked. Yin ceaselessly strives to improve himself, constantly keeping in mind the grand principle of strengthening the people and defending the nation, and herein lies the reason for making such books. To greatly benefit the spread of martial arts is why he is writing this material down. written by Shen Honglie of Jingling while visiting Taizhong, Dec, 1957-PREFACE BY CHEN PANLINGMartial arts are the most characteristic part of Chinese culture, distinctive skills which throughout history have brought the nation wealth and made its armies formidable. By often depending on such methods, theories became profound and techniques exquisite, above and beyond the martial arts of other nations. On a larger scale, they can strengthen the masses and defend the nation. On a smaller scale, they can add years to your life. However, in the last few decades, the people of our nation have become infatuated with Western exercises, rendering the several-millennia worth of cultural essence bequeathed to us by our worthy ancestors unable to flourish, thereby resulting in our people becoming weak and hopeless, and this is truly a pitiable situation. The sword art is the most revered of these skills in our nations history. Unfortunately, because it stresses personal endeavor, very few books have been written about it. Later generations of students have had little to consult, left to merely feel around in the dark. Because of this, the essence of the sword art has pretty much disappeared. Yin Qianhe, or Baiqia, of Shandong is well-read and an expert in martial arts, and he has investigated them deeply, devotedly researching for a long time without slackening. As he deeply feels that our martial arts are in daily decline, he wishes to put forth what he has learned and discovered by writing it down in a systematic way to further spread these teachings. Recently he has writtenTaiji Sword,The Art of the Startling-Rainbow Sword,Assorted Health & Fitness Exercises,Basic Chinese Martial Arts Movements,Twelve-Line Tantui, and so on. They are rich in content, with theory clearly presented and with function fully detailed, truly making a great contribution toward our martial arts. I have encouraged the practice of Chinese martial arts my entire life, and have maintained my ambition to do so since coming to Taiwan. I wish to spread such an education among the people and boost their health. The aim is to rescue the nation through strengthening the people. Now Yin has written his books, and since he and I are of the same mind, I am only too happy to make a preface for him. written by Chen Panling at his home in Taizhong, Dec, 1958-AUTHORS PREFACEI have but little talent and shallow learning, and my skill level is quite inferior. How could I presume to make books and invite ridicule from experts? It is simply because the great benefit I have received from martial arts I would not dare to keep to myself. I want to share it with my compatriots throughout the whole nation, particularly those who are weak or often ill. With constant practice, martial arts can turn the weak into the strong. As I do this out of a mentality of self-love and caring for others, I have roused my courage in hopes that my small efforts will bring about a large benefit. When I was young, I was constantly ill. Once I became an adult, I was still frail and weak. Medicines had been having no effect, to the great anxiety of my parents, but in our town there was a Fu Tingjia, who was an expert in martial arts, so they asked him to give me instruction. After just a year, all my chronic ailments had quickly been cured, and I was also inspired to take it further. At that time, the Taiji expert An Dingbang was teaching at the Beijing Health & Fitness Society, so I left home to approach him for instruction. His skill was exquisite, his teaching method was systematic and patient. I trained hard from morning to night, feeling blessed to have access to such teachings. My strength grew to abundance and I had been transformed. Whe