Tips for practicing the Tai Chi Sword Forms

Tips for practicing the Tai Chi Sword Forms

There are forms of Tai Chi, being a practice of the Martial Arts, that use weapons.

Specifically, the straight sword and the broad sword are commonly used in practice to enhance the understanding of this art form.

Besides the sword forms being a way to promote good health and fitness, with their energetic moves and deep lunges, they also require some mental preparation and an inner attitude to gain the most benefits.

Sifu Leo talks in this short audio clip about the symbolic meaning behind the sword that one should keep in mind during practice.  He touches on the respectful attitude required, and the inner mood that is best to develop before even picking up the sword.

He explains how the sword becomes an extension of one’s limb, and with time, how graceful and nuanced the movements become.



To learn more about the benefits of training with swords, and to explore tai chi, contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

There are forms of Tai Chi, being a practice of the Martial Arts, that use weapons. Specifically, the straight sword and the broad sword are commonly used in practice to enhance the understanding of this art form. Besides the sword forms being a way to promote good health and fitness, with their energetic moves and …

Forms and Styles of tai chi

Forms and Styles of tai chi

At Mings Martial Arts we offer the following styles or forms of tai chi:

  • Yang style short form
  • Beijing form (24)
  • Combined form (42)
  • Chen style simplified form
  • Wu style long form (108)
  • Yang straight sword (traditional 55)
  • Yang straight sword (kun wern chein)
  • Broad sword
  • Fan form

The Yang Style Short Form

The Short Form is the shortened version of the yang style Long Form (108).  It is summarized and shorter, yet the form kept the essence of the traditional long form, which was too lengthy for the average person to grasp, with its 108 moves.

The short form is popular all over the globe, from Asia to the west.

Download a copy of the descriptions of the Short Form movements in this pdf.

The 55 Sword Form

Download a copy of the descriptions of the 55 Sword Form movements in this pdf.

The Fan Form

Leo Ming demonstrating part of the Fan Form of taiji:

Classes in Johannesburg

Our classes offer all the forms mentioned above, depending on your level.

  • Beginners classes offer chi gung and individual basic postures leading into the 1st section of a form.  We also do the introduction into the sword form.
  • Intermediate classes offer a taiji form and sword form and push hands.  The focus is extended to include internal body work and chi gung in more depth.
  • Advanced classes offer a refinement of all the forms and the internal work of chi and the tantein.

 

For more info contact your Sifu, Low Leo Ming, on 0833780468.

More info on venues and times of classes is here:

At Mings Martial Arts we offer the following styles or forms of tai chi: Yang style short form Beijing form (24) Combined form (42) Chen style simplified form Wu style long form (108) Yang straight sword (traditional 55) Yang straight sword (kun wern chein) Broad sword Fan form The Yang Style Short Form The Short …