Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Sword & Body 2

As with the use of empty hands, we too employ physics in the use of the Tai Chi straight sword. For example at 0:21 we use gravity to power the thrust of the tip.

Similarly, at 0:25 we combined the use of the vertical circle with gravitational drop and sudden braking of the body’s movement to generate an impulse force. And at 0:26 we learn to whip out the power in a sharp vertical drop of the weapon.

At 0:42 I am explaining the relationship between using the straight sword and translating the same movement into an empty hand technique, in this case a splitting palm. We test out the power at 0:49.

At 2:44 we examine another Tai Chi straight sword technique and how the principles of power and motion from this movement can be extracted out for use in empty hand technique.

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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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