I am new here and saw that quite a few of the people who frequent this site are very well versed in their martial arts, so I thought I would pose a burning question I have to you all.
Has anyone heard of Yuh Niu or Yuh Niuy, who is said to have been a femal sword master from the Zhou Kingdom. She is said to have won a contest of three thousand people and her "teachings were passed down for a thousand years."
I have come across one source that says she is a character in "The Han work, 'Wu Yue Chunqiu,'" but I am not certain if this is a Fictitious work or a historical record.
If anyone has any information about this woman, please tell me. My Lao Shur and I are both interested in her teachings. I will leave you with a quote ascribed to her...
"The Way is so small and simple, but the meaning is timeless and profound.
The Way has an entrance; it also has a Yin and a Yang.
The entrance constantly opens and closes,
Yin and Yang weaken and flourish.
When the Way is battle, be full-spirited within,
But outwardly show calm and be relaxed;
Appear to be as gentle as a fair lady, but react like a vicious tiger.
Though hidden within, the spirit of the body moves;
Though obscured like a setting sun, the spirit moves like an unleashed rabbit,
Catching the body and outrunning shadow like a mirage.
Back and forth in one breath.
The spirit cannot be retained in form.
And, though ever moving, it cannot be heard."