We’ve covered the Miao Dao, or sprout saber, on this site before, but I found these great pictures of the first form over at The Ground Never Misses:
I think seeing it “frame by frame” in these drawings really helps you understand what’s important in the form.
If you want to see it all put together, here are a couple of different renditions from YouTube:
I found this site via the previous post. Here are a bunch of instructional videos on the broadsword from the Cateran Society in Portland, Maine.
Nineteenth-century Highland broadsword master Thomas Mathewson wrote:
It is the cultivation of this art that unfetters the body, strengthens it and makes it upright; it is it that gives a becoming deportment and an easy carriage, activity and agility, grace and dignity;- it is it that opportunely awes petulance, softens and polishes savageness and rudeness, and animates a proper confidence; it is it which in teaching us to conquer ourselves, that we may be able to conquer others, imprints respect, and gives true valour, good nature and politeness; in fine, which makes a man fit for society.
This guy must have been an absolute beast when he was fifty. Age has filed the sharp edges off his movements, but he still shows amazing fluidity.