The Bart Cham Dao or eight cutting knives is usually the final form taught to a Wing Chun Student. Ip Man only taught a hand full of students this form in his entire.

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Therefore as the from encourages slashing, it seems reasonable that the early Dao were not created for Wing Chun rather, Wing Chun adapted the weapons that already existed. Baart the weapons from that time as seen in drawings, photos and historical collections show a blade that is far too long, far too thin and therefore too optimized for stabbing to be the kind of weapon used in Wing Chun’s Baat Cham Dao.

I am never going to use it in the practical sense.

Before the Bart Cham Dao can be learned it is very important to have a solid grasp of all the other hand forms first. Baat is the number 8, Cham is to cut or slash and Dao refers to a single edged blade like a knife or sword. Calling Wing Chun dao, Butterfly Knives is often very confusing for people outside of Wing Chun as the term is commonly used to describe the Filipino flick knife or balisong. For instance, we have the word knife, machete and sword. In English we can call these two separate thing by one name, sword.

Evidence, suggests the the shorter blades, that are more optimized for slashing evolved at the very end of the 19th Century or start of the 20th Century.

Wing Chun Knife Form – Bart Cham Dao

However there are numerous slashes in the form that cut through 8 angles hence the name of the form. Fujan White Crane does use two Dao and rotates the blades during the form.

Ip Man only taught a hand full seven of students this form in his entire life. Article by Dan Knight added on 24 Jul Therefore, to me, it seems likely that the Wing Chun form was inspired by other Frm martial arts that existed at the time, but it had the Wing Chun principles of economy of motion, non-commitment and directness applied.

The most common theory, but in my opinion least likely theory, is that fogm form originated with the Shaolin monks. In fact some people [1] have suggested that, compressive research covering all the weapons used by the Dap styles, does not show any use of the Wing Chun style Dao.


Furthermore because the knives used in the form are not as big as traditional Chinese swords the techniques translate well into improvised weapons you may find in a modern lifestyle. As you have hopefully noticed, I have simply been referring to cao weapon as Dao meaning single edged blade in Cantonesehowever it goes by a multitude of other names. An alternative theory is that the form was developed as dwo adaptation of other styles of Kung Fu that existed in southern China at the time, possibly Fujan White Crane.

Wing Chun with Terence Yip Bart Cham Dao Form Part 2 – video dailymotion

Given that we consider these two features to be what separates Wing Chun style Dao from regular knives and swords, we should next look at early references to these weapons and how forj latter evolved. This is because, amongst other things, the stepping in the Bart Cham Dao is not effective without the stepping from the second and third hand forms Chum Kiu and Biu Gee.

It looks like the first appearance of these weapons was in the early to mind 19th Century ‘s. This theory is supported by the fact chqm number of other southern Chines martial arts like Choi Lee Fut and Hung Gar etc, also use a pair of dao. Everyday knives used for Wing Chun Another possible theory is that the form is a way of using Wing Chun to fight with domestic knives, for instance Chinese cooking cleavers which are sometimes used in pairs when cooking.

Last updated on 6 Jun Secondly, a pair of large knives would not be a good choice for non lethal combat.

The system is designed to grow from the Sil Lim Tao to Bart Cham Dao and it is not wise to try and miss sections or rush through. However you would say Jian if the sword has an edge both sides but Dao if it only has one cutting edge. Developed from Crane and other Kung Fu styles An alternative theory is that the form was developed as an adaptation of other styles of Kung Fu that existed in southern China at the time, possibly Fujan White Crane. Crossed Wing Chun swords in our association logo.


This suggested that the Baat Cham Dao forms appearance in Wing Chun is reasonably recent, perhaps only years ago. However the term butterfly knives is very common within the Wing Chun community.

Baat Cham Dao

History of the weapon Quite a bit of good research [3] has been done into the history of the weapon. In Cantonese these can all be called Dao. This barrt usually the final form taught to a Wing Chun Student.

This linguistic issue is one reason for different names. People also refer to Wing Chun Dao as butterfly swords, which is more ccham, but still says very little baet the sword. One, there is no evidence that any of the Shaolin sets use Wing Chun style Dao in the same way as Wing Chun students do during the Baat Cham Dao form, namely rotating the blade so the spine of the blade runs parallel to the forearm.

This last point leads nicely onto the evolution of the weapons themselves. It was likely coined as a reference to the way people tend to mount the knives when putting them on display. Furthermore as an added bonus learning the Bart Cham Dao will drastically improve daao strength if trained properly and regularly. Like no 2 A set of mid.

Firstly, the hook on the back of the blade that allows the student to reverse brat grip quickly. The fable goes, that the monks would keep the knives in their boots and use them to defend themselves. Like no 3 A pair of Ip Fham style swords. We now stock a small selection of high quality Wing Chun butterfly knives. Some people call Wing Chun Dao, broadswords. This is something that can only be done swiftly mid flow, by using the hooks on the back of the Dao, something which would not be present on a domestic knife of any sort.