The Tai Chi sword is a beautiful sequence of Tai Chi movements performed while holding a sword.
Originally, Tai Chi sword was a way of learning and practicing the movements required for fencing. Since sword fighting isn’t so common these days, we practice for pleasure and exercise.
The Tai Chi sword (or jian in Chinese) is a straight double edged sword. This classical weapon signified social status and command. The sword was favored by Taoist priests and priestesses, as well as scholars, for self protection.
The postures are both beautiful to watch, and to perform.
For Tai Chi students who have already completed the Tai Chi form learning Tai Chi sword is an excellent way to advance their skills. Tai Chi sword is the next level up from the Tai Chi form. It is a bit more difficult. After all, you’re holding a sword, and that requires both more strength and better balance. In addition, this form has more Crane stances and a few other moves that require balance. Those are often the most fun moves too!
Many Tai Chi sword forms are quite simple. Some are really just empty hand techniques from the Tai Chi form done using a sword in your hand. These styles of Tai Chi Sword forms are more like Qi Gong than a traditional Chinese martial arts sword routine. But they are easy to learn and provide good exercise.
The Tai Chi sword form you’ll learn in our class is from the Chen Pan Ling lineage of Tai Chi Chuan. Chen Pan Ling was famous as the most knowledgeable person in Taiwan regarding the internal martial arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Xing Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang.
This form contains one beautiful traditional Chinese sword technique after another and is performed smoothly and fluidly like Tai Chi. It is about 44 moves long and there are few repeated postures making it interesting and diverse to practice.
This is the most beautiful Tai Chi sword form I have learned and I really enjoy practicing and sharing it!
Start today! You’ll love it!
New Tai Chi Sword class at College of Marin. Call COM at 415-485-9305 or register online here