46 Style Tai Chi Sword Class
Tai Chi Sword is a stunningly beautiful, 46 move Tai Chi routine using a Chinese straight sword. Tai Chi Sword is another way to practice the art of Tai Chi Chuan that inspires all the same health benefits as practicing Tai Chi. With over 600 research studies conclusively demonstrating the health benefits of Tai Chi there is no longer any doubt to its effectiveness as a form of exercise.
Tai Chi Sword provides enhanced health benefits beyond the more common Tai Chi Form in these areas:
Balance – there are more balance moves on one leg in the Tai Chi Sword. As you learn and practice your balance rapidly improves and you develop an increased elegance in the performance of these beautiful postures.
Strength – Holding and slowly performing the cuts, thrusts, parries, and flourishes of the sword strengthens your fingers, wrists, elbow, and shoulders. The balance moves develop core strength and the strength f hip abductors and psoas muscles. Balance moves build the strength of the feet, ankles, shins and calves, all areas vital to having rock solid balance as you age.
Concentration – Concentration is the foundation and heart of meditation. The depth of your concentration is the measure of our skill in meditation. The Tai Chi Sword form provides a fantastic tool to develop deeper states of concentration and absorption in your Tia Chi practice. The Straight sword is considered to be the coiling dragon of weapons that develops ones Shen or spirit more than any other weapon in ancient Chinese arsenal.
Origin and History of Tai Chi Sword
There are a variety of Tai Chi Sword Forms taught today. Tai Chi Sword forms vary in complexity and length. Some Tai Chi Sword forms strongly resemble the Tai Chi Form and are a more of a qigong, and strengthening exercise for the elderly. Others contain a series of classical Chinese fencing movements suited to a real straight sword duel. The Tai Chi Sword Form that we teach is from the lineage of Chen Pan Ling. Chen Pan Ling was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable traditional martial artists of his era. During the Republican period in the 1920’s the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai Shek created the Central Guoshu Institute to teach, document, and promote the best traditional martial arts techniques and skills. In addition, to teaching pure traditional styles of Kung Fu they also created new forms. The new forms were designed to catalog and preserve the classical techniques and make sure none were lost. Committees of experts in each skill worked together under Chen Pan Ling and General Li Jin Ling’s supervision to create the new forms. This Tai Chi Sword Form was one of those created by the top swordsmen of the time to include a full repertoire of classic sword techniques. Originally, it was documented in books and will posters and taught at the institute. however, the Japanese invasion and subsequent chaos caused the school first to move and then close. All of these materials were lost during this period. Scott Jensen was fortunate to learn the 46 Style Tai Chi Sword Form directly from Chen Pan Lings son Chen Yun Ching.
Beauty of Tai Chi Sword
These gentlemen were also artists, and they created a beautiful performance piece. Albeit a slow performance! The postures in Tai Chi Sword beautifully balanced with sense of poise and elegance. This is the most beautiful Tai Chi Sword form that I ever seen. there is an unmistakable elegance beauty and unique artistic flavor that authentic classical Kung Fu has. Every single posture and movement in the 46 Style Tai Chi Sword Form is a beautiful stand alone work of art. As you practice you’ll come to appreciate each positon and transition for itself and as a part of the greater whole.
Can I learn 46 Style Tai Chi Sword?
Often people learn the Tai Chi Form first and then learn Tai Chi Sword second. However, it isn’t required, and if you wish, you can study Tai Chi Sword without first learning the Tai Chi Form. Students who have also learned a Tai Chi Form from another teacher, school, or lineage are welcome to learn Tai Chi Sword without first learning the Yang Family Long Form that we teach at 10,000 Victories. We welcome all Tai Chi friends and are happy to share this wonderful sword form freely.
Current Class Schedule and Locations: Pick any 2 days of a week that works for you
San Anselmo – First Presbyterian Church – Tuesdays & Thursdays – 6:15 – 7:00 PM
San Rafael – Boyd Park Tennis Courts – Saturday and Sunday Mornings – 10:30 – 11:15 AM