As the saber is curved and front heavy, its effectiveness is maximized when you spin the weapon in circles and throw cuts from it, using its momentum and weight to deliver strong cutting power. The unique kind of footwork used by saber wielding swordsmen is called 八卦步, the 8 Trigram movement.
In Chinese Kung Fu weaponry, one does not simply stand the ground and grind to the death. Footwork is especially important, it not only gives the swordsman the ability to evade dangerous attacks, it also provides options to attack the opponent from different directions and different distance. In fact one of the reasons why Chinese Kung Fu is more technical than non-Chinese martial arts is because it has a developed system of footwork.
Move 1 : 刀圈 (Dao Quan) Circling Saber
Move 2 : 缠头勃脑 (Chan Tou Bo Nao) Circling the head
Move 3 : 刀花 (Dao Hua) Saber Flurry
Move 4 : 踹腿拔刀 (Chuai Tui Ba Dao) Pushing Kick to Pull the Sword
Move 5 : 回旋飞刀 (Hui Xuan Fei Dao) The Returning Flying Saber
Move 6 : 右回旋飞刀 (You Hui Xuan Fei Dao) Right Returning Flying Saber
Move 7 : 刀扇 (Dao Shan) Saber Fan
Move 8 : 刀卷红尘 (Dao Juan Hong Chen) Saber Sweeps the Mundane Dust
Move 9 : 开山断魂 (Kai Shan Duan Hun) Mountain and Spirits Splitting Cut
Move 10 : 箭步抛刀 (Jian Bu Pao Dao) Arrow Stride Tossing Blade
Move 11 & 12 : 短桩刀 (Duan Zhuang Dao) Root Chopping Blade