Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Sword Dance

Spent a lesson focusing on using straight sword partner practice to refine understanding of space control by controlling range, using footwork, harmonising, pressuring etc. with my student.

It’s times like this that the lessons learned in the first emptyhand form comes in handy. So for example if you still don’t understand how to use Rollback then you can expect to be cut and poked.

Since the straight sword is not a power-based weapon sensitivity, deftness of response and trigger quick reflexes are more important in being able to use it.

The by-product of this type of study is that your ability in push hands will also improve in time when insights are generated and you make the connection between the study of weapons and emptyhand techniques.

As with the study of the long form your understanding of the straight sword form will be tested when you engage in this training.


Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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