Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Paper Sword

I wanted to show my student some straight sword applications and partner practice after breakfast yesterday.

Since we didn’t have any practice swords we used the next best thing – rolled up Classified Section from The Straits Times as the Saturday edition had quite a lot of advertisements.

Rolled the classified section up. A bit short. Not a problem. It can still be used for hitting and stabbing.

A paper sword doesn’t sound so intimidating. He, he……..

One topic – how to generate and focus power using 5-Count. Tapped by a rolled up newspaper. How painful can that be?

Wished I had taken photos of my student’s arm after I demonstrated on it. Nice dark patch. Fluke? Another tap on another part of the arm. No, not a fluke. A paper sword can hurt.

How about using it to stab? Yup, it can hurt too.

But how to duplicate the feeling of a cut since my explanations of cutting didn’t seem to register any impact?

A light bulb went off…………

Pressed one side of the rolled newspaper down to form a blunt edge. A quick slashing movement to the neck. OK, now he can feel it.

So a paper sword can be a useful teaching tool. Next time I should try it with a rolled up magazine. That should be even better.




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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