By Grandmaster Leung Ting
Dan-Dao-Dep or “Rattan Shield and Single Broadword technique” was used by infantry soldiers against cavalry in battles on ancient China. The half-dome like rattan shield allows the soldier to curl up into it, just like an armadillo, and roll quickly towards the cavalryman. When reaching the horses, he can start to attack by using the broadsword to chop the horses legs from under the shield. As the Dan-Dao-Dep technique is very difficult to be countered with ordinary weapons, some kung fu experts found that only the Tai-Pa (trident) techniques could effectively deal with a Dan-Dao-Dep attack. Therefore, the “Tai-Pai vs. Dan-Dao-Dep” becomes a special form of kung fu, featuring both attack and defense.