Tai Chi Sword Classes - Sawbridgeworth

Tai Chi classes Sawbridgeworth
Tai Chi classes Sawbridgeworth
Tai Chi classes Sawbridgeworth

Tai Chi Sword Classes - Sawbridgeworth

Monday Classes:

Every Monday 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Tai Chi Sword
12.15pm to 1.15pm

Location: Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth, CM21 9BD

Booking Options: (over 65s qualify for a 50% discount see option below)

Tai Chi Sword

£40.00 for 4 Week Course
(£10.00 per Class - 60mins duration)

£12.50 Drop in Session
Over 65s Discounted rates

£20.00 for 4 Week Course
(£5.00 per Class - 60mins duration)

£6.25 Drop in Session

These Tai Chi classes will explore a myriad of aspects of traditional Tai Chi Chuan including Tai Chi Wu Jie, Chan Si Jin, the 13 Essences of Tai Chi, Tai Chi Dao - broad sword and the Tai Chi Jian - straight sword

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)."

"The jian (straight, or double edged sword), is a more delicate weapon compared to the dao (broadsword) or spear. It is associated with the Phoenix.
The practice of the sword develops precise movements, focused awareness and the ability to project one's jing or intention to the blade of the sword. This form is characterized by light, spiraling movements that demonstrate the internal aspects of Chen Style Taijiquan.
Include in the sword form are techniques for piercing, choping or hacking, hacking, pointing or tipping, slicing and parrying. The movements of the sword form are performed like a dragon flying through the sky - fluid, smooth and continuous.

These classes are open to all & suitable for all levels.

We look forward to you joining us!