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Yuh Niu

Postby Fengbao » Thu Feb 19, 2004 2:54 am


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."
-Yuh Niuy
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Postby Louis Swaim » Thu Feb 19, 2004 3:16 am

Greetings Fengbao,

The woman sword master Yue Nu, and the book that records her story, Wu Yue Chunqiu, have come up in discussions on this board in the past. Here are a couple of places where you can read some:




Take care,
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Postby Fengbao » Thu Feb 19, 2004 11:42 am


I was running into a road block in my research and you have just given me everything I was searching for.

I bow in respect.
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