Every Monday 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Tai Chi Sword 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Location: Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth, CM21 9BD
13 Essences of Tai Chi
The 13 Essences of Tai Chi are the underlying principles to which the Tai Chi movements should conform. These Essences can be viewed as two aspects: the Eight Powers - beng, lou, ji, an, cai, lei, zhou and kao - and the 5 Directional Balances - zhong, qian, hou, zuo and you. Each TaiChi movement should be played within the context of these 13 Essences showing particular charactersitics from both aspects.
Tai Chi Dao - broad sword
"Dao are single-edged Chinese swords, primarily used for slashing and chopping and are considered "The General of All Weapons". When practicing the Dao the hands, eyes, body form and footwork must be well co-ordinated so that the force is continuous and unbroken. There are 13 broad sword techniques: rolling, closing, pricking, blocking, cutting, hacking, scooping, cross-cutting, twisting, shaking, supporting, slicing and tilting. These reflect the characteristics of Chen style Tai Chi and combine hardness and softness in harmony, equally stressing quickness and slowness, dodging and weight transfers, relaxing and nimble, springing and shaking, switching between each without separation and coiling to neutralise force. "
Tai Chi Jian - straight sword
"The jian is a double-edged straight sword used during the last 2,500 years in China. The first Chinese sources that mention the jian date to the 7th century BCE during the Spring and Autumn Period; one of the earliest specimens being the Sword of Goujian.
Historical one-handed versions have blades varying from 45 to 80 centimeters in length. The weight of an average sword of 70-centimetre blade-length would be in a range of approximately 700 to 900 grams. There are also larger two-handed versions used for training by many styles of Chinese martial arts.
In Chinese folklore, it is known as "The Gentleman of Weapons" and is considered one of the four major weapons, along with the Gun (staff), Qiang (spear), and the Dao (sabre)."