Ship Pal Gae Forms are soft and hard. These forms develop flexibility, coordination, strength, and speed. The mind, body, and weapons must come together as one. Strong eye contact is maintained with the opponent, and movements are usually offensive. The hands and feet are used in all different directions, with both angles and circles. The proper steps of Ship Pal Gae practice at an intermediate level:
- Weapon and body combine as one.
- Breathing and movement harmonize together.
- Practice speed is a combination of fast and slow body movements.
- Body movements and breathing control must be coordinated together.
- The weapon’s direction and proper body position must be coordinated together as one.
If the weapon moves one direction and the body another, injury will result. Hard and soft movement of the weapon and the body must be properly timed. With proper practice, accuracy of the weapon strike will develop. At the intermediate level of practice, the choice of weapons must be properly matched to the individual’s body. For example, it is improper for someone with a small body to practice with a Chung Yun Doe or Chong Bong. The correct choice of weapon would usually be the Doe or Kom because it is easier for a smaller person to handle. Someone can still practice with these weapons to understand the correct movements; however, it would be improper to specialize in these weapons. When a practitioner achieves harmony with the weapon (the practitioner and the weapon become one), tremendous benefits will be derived to both the mind and body. Each Level will focus on 2 weapons.
Description of the 18 weapons:
Chong Bong – 6-foot long wood or steel pole. Tan Chu Chuck Bope -Two wood or steel sticks with a chain in between. Note: Once
achieved, one is capable of performing Sam Pyo Chung.
Jang Chu Chuck Bope – Two 2-foot sticks with a chain in between, or three 2 1/2 foot sticks with chains in between.
Kom – Chinese sword.
Sang Kom – Double Chinese sword (two swords).
Doe (Chinese Sword) – Straight, double-edged blade and a sharp point
Sang Doe (Double Chinese Sword) – Two of the same weapon. Straight double-edged blade and a sharp point.
Chang Sool – Wood or steel pole with sharp point and blade at the end (6-foot long).
Sang Pyo Kom – (Two Pyo Kom) – Double sword with 3 1/2 foot steel pole with a hook on one end, a point on the other. It has a handle 1/3 of the way down its length, with 1/4 moon blade over the handle.
Sang Chul Quan – Single-edge Chinese sword with several rings on the blade.
Bu Chae – Chinese fan with steel spikes.
Chung Yun Doe – Steel pole, 4-foot long, with Chinese sword at the end that has one ring on the blade.
Dok Chim Sui Sa Sul - 6-foot steel chain with a heavy weighted point.
Mae Hwa Kom Bope – Sword (Kom) technique with the grace of a woman and the strength of a tornado.
Gook Ki Chang Jang Sul – 7-foot steel spear with flag on the end and sharp point at the top
Shin Doe Kom Bope – Sword (Kom) technique with lightening fast movement.
weapon known throughout history.