Tai Chi Sword And Sabre Practice

Tai Chi Sword and Sabre Practice

What is Tai Chi Sword or Sabre Practice?

Most people think of Taiji (for more on the interchangeable spelling, click here) as having gentle movements, like a slow dance, that they see in the background of a movie setting. They also may not perceive Taiji as being a martial art since, in the west, it has been predominantly recommended for its health benefits for balance and meditative calm.

There are various styles, divisions and systems of Taiji. Each of these can be studied and practiced unto themselves. Some students may be drawn to broaden their experience of Taiji by including further training in the following practices.

  1. Bare-hand Forms (the movements we are used to seeing, qigong or standing meditation)
  2. Partner Forms (learning how the Barehand forms apply as offensive and defensive)
  3. Weapons Training (traditionally sabre, sword and staff, although there are more)

It May Seem Unfitting to Learn How to Wield a Weapon When We Are Seeking Peace

Being a peace loving person, it may seem odd that I get a gleam in my eye when I talk about weapons practice.  I don’t enjoy violent movies and am very sensitive to pain and suffering. So why do I include this as part of my practice?

We Are Programmed to Survive

Imagine yourself back in ancient times.  We would be more in tune with nature, counting on our instincts and senses, aware of predator and prey. What would you do if an animal or person threatened you, your child or your clan? By training with weapons, our Tai Chi sword and sabre, we are touching a core element of ourselves and taking ownership in our own power.

It Also Brings Out the Playful Child in Us

What do you think happens when you give people, of any age, some play swords? Yes, even for a moment, we are pirates. We wag the swords at each other and laugh. Sometimes when practicing, we can take on different roles and see how it changes how we express what we are doing. We can be a brutal warrior or an elegant swordsperson.

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Once you start to get a feel for the weapon, it becomes a partnership. Like using a tennis racket or a golf club, a drum or flute, or the clay in the hands of the potter. We form a relationship and a sensitivity with the properties of the instrument at hand and learn how to extend ourselves to bring out the best through this instrument.

And then it becomes a thing of beauty.

We are celebrating World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on April 29th, we’d love if you came to join us!  Click the link for more information. Connect with us on FacebookYouTube and Instagram for meditations and inspirations.

To our health & wellbeing!

Wendy Williams

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