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THE SANCAI SWORD MANUAL OF XU YIQIAN

– 三才劍圖解 ILLUSTRATED SANCAI SWORD 胥以謙 by Xu Yiqian [1936] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2020] – 三才劍序 王煥鑣覺吾 PREFACE BY WANG HUANBIAO, CALLED JIAOWU 余少體羸多病,十八患疔幾殆,乃始翟。然從友人習刺擊諸術,已果有效,而是時胥君心一以恆授余以王家拳,王家拳者,縣人王越羣氏字燕舟所剏,習焉者稀矣,惟胥君父兄傳其術獨精,余因詣其家謁其尊人懷澄先生,先生高年耽靜,喜余之至,忽超踊如少壯人,其兄吉六以謙亦出技遍肄之,用相娛樂,余之識吉六自此始,吉六隱市沽間,長不滿七尺,目光炯炯,能為顏真卿書,閒為文,辭簡而有意,望之踆踆焉如不勝衣,詎知其武藝之工如此,又焉能測其意之所至耶。其後余游江南,不相聞者十餘年,值風雨晦明之際,時時念吉六,以為若斯人果遂沉沒而不出耶,乙亥之秋,余館金陵盋山,有持所為書來見者,吉六也,大喜,詢之,則已從張公之江游,朝莫持盈尺之管,為國術館編拳術教本,成書數種矣。今年夏,又以所編三才劍見示,且屬為序。吉六技日專,文日工,不僅能狀其動作之形于外者毫髮無遺憾,又并其精微之意而傳之,雖其胸之所存未必遂止於此,然可藉此稍稍自見於世,余復何恨,惟余讀漢書藝文志,兵家技巧一門所列書目有百九十九篇,其所謂手搏者,疑即拳術劍道者,蓋劍術也,其一時之盛可知已,後世一命為文人,便以習武為羞,而椎魯之夫傳習於里巷,又不能文之以言其動作之意,以廣其流衍,而其用,亦僅限于自衛餬口,未有知為自強保種之資者,近日學校始曉然於體育之重,又但學外國距躍曲踊競走鬥泳蹴鞠擲餅諸術,莫有以此為意者,開設科目,比之附庸而已,夫外國之術或失之激,孱者為之窮力盡氣,顏沮色喪,扶持久而後復,此豈有益於身哉。中國武術,操之愈勤,而功愈見,練之愈熟,而效愈出,運及周身而不滯於方隅,出之和平而無分於強弱,健身之法,莫善於此,寶燕石而棄趙璧者,其為不知類歟。今中央國術館,成立有年,張公提倡于上,奇材異能之士日至,吉六復能文之以辭,一洗往日之陋,吾知國術之興殆不遠矣,若由是而推及寰區,使舉世之人,雲從風行,盡登壽域,豈不懿哉,豈不懿哉。 民國二十五年九月四日愚弟王煥鑣序於浙江大學 When I was young, my body was frail and I was often ill. By … Continue reading

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