Actor Yu Chenghui
Cheng Hui’s most well known tv role is the role of Zhang San Feng in HSDS 2009, he also played Feng Xi Fan in Lu Ding Ji, Huang Yao Shi in ROCH 2006, and Mu Ren Qing in Sword Stained with Royal Blood. Most Wuxia actors have little to no experience with Martial Arts, most of the “cool fighting” you see is due to good choreography and computer effect. In LOCH 2008, Ha Ma Gong(toad skill) and Xiang Long Shi Ba Zhang, was mostly based on computer graphics. Although actor Yu Chenghui did not use any real martial arts in the making of HSDS 2009, he is in fact, China’s wushu champion at the age of 20 (he’s now 73) and was the champion in the Zui Jiu category (translates into drunk sword, similar to the technique used by The Drunken Sword Immortal in Chinese Paladin 1). What I found especially interesting was the fact that he recreated one of the lost techniques, Shuang Shou Jian (double hand sword), which has been a lost skill since the Tang Dynasty. Even though double had sword is commonly seen in Wuxia film and tv series, the actual technique has been lost for centuries. Yu Chenghui said that he got the inspiration after seeing a praying mantis in the rain. The Shou Shou Jian is now a recognized category in WuShu competions. Yu Chenghui has been in several Jin Yong tv adaptions and could truly be considered a master in martial arts. Yea, he’s pretty kewl
yu cheng hui’s shuang shou jian form: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3kY32TuJEY
a couple other shuang shou jian forms survive in other lineages, especially tang lang and xing yi quan. very rare to see though. i hope the two handed sword can make a comeback!