Sai (釵, chāi) is a challenging weapon that demands precision, agility, and graceful execution of its techniques to truly master. The sai is a unique baton weapon because of its two prongs and thin design. The shape and prongs allow for quick, easy flipping of the weapon. You flip the sai outwards for middle-to-long range strikes and blocks, and inwards for maintaining a tight, protective guard.
While the sai is not a readily practical weapon for use in today's world, its practice will greatly improve your dexterity, strength, and coordination. The skills acquired from sai training can easily be applied to other activities that require finely-tuned motor skills, from daily tasks to the use of other weapons.
Nicholas Yang offers this comprehensive training program for learning the Sai. His step by step instruction includes numerous fundamental techniques, drills, and principles with the double sai, including a complete sai sequence with martial applications.
You will learn:
- Sai history and theory
- Solo training, including blocking and striking
- Partner training, including sai vs various weapons
- The complete sai sequence, slow and full speed
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming makes a special appearance to introduce the program with a brief history of the sai. The techniques and sequence come from Dr. Yang's extensive training in Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu.