Tai Chi Sword: The 32 Simplified Forms
Tai Chi Sword is a weaponry form of Tai Chi practice, in which the sword is viewed as an extension of body, not a separate part of Tai Chi practice. All Tai Chi weaponry forms preserve the same principles of Tai Chi Chuan (the hand form of Tai Chi). The practice of Tai Chi sword requires a person to follow the sword forms correctly, to balance the sword with body well, and to apply power to the right of point of force. It also requires the person to understand and display as well the meanings of offensive and defensive moves within each form. It is important to show accurately shift of body weight, the empty (insubstantial) and solid (substantial) moves, and the variations of sword forms. The ultimate goal is to move the body and sword in unity with right balance and rhythm.
In 1957, the Chinese Sports Committee developed a simplified version of Tai Chi Sword based primarily on the Yang style. This simplified form is a series of 32 sword forms that can be performed in about three or five minutes. It was designed as an easily learned series of movements that could be used by anyone to improve their health.
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