A beautiful form that combines the smooth, easy movements of Tai Chi with the use of a sabre. Can be very aerobic. Requires concentration and a good understanding of Tai Chi principles. Students learn how to bring energy to an external object.
The Tai Chi Saber (Dao, Broadsword) is usually the first weapon learned after a student has finished studying the solo forms. The saber is usually a large, rather heavy weapon that uses slashing and cutting motions primarily. It was used to defend against horse attacks as well to penetrate heavy protective armor used by the enemy.
The heaviness of the weapon requires unification of the body to make the movements effective, rather like hitting a baseball, or tennis ball. Saber play is not very subtle. If the student has not learned the use of the Dantien for energy generation, he or she might have a bit of a problem performing this form with grace. The study of this form will aid in unifying the body, strengthening the muscles and connective tissues, increasing will power and over-all power.
The saber is compared to the Tiger, being strong and powerful. The double edge sword is compared to the Dragon, being more subtle and sinewy.
Here again, the names are quite similar to the Yang solo form, with many movements taken directly out of that form.
This form is taught free online, and there is a reference video available at the online store.
|1. Commencement Of Tai Chi Saber||21. Spin Saber Left and Right|
|2. Step Up to Form Seven Stars||22. Step Left and Change Saber Hand|
|3. Retreat to Ride a Tiger||23. Right Foot Kick with Toe|
|4. Step Left and Change Saber Hand||24. Hit a Tiger Left|
|5. Cut Horizontally to the Right||25. Hit a Tiger Right|
|6. Cut Horizontally to the Left||26. Right Foot Kick with Sole|
|7. Circle to the Left and Uppercut||27. Strike Opponent’s Ears with Both Fists|
|8. Jump Back, Change Feet, Push||28. Change Saber Hand and Chop Down|
|9. Circle Right and Uppercut||29. Golden Cock Strikes Forward|
|10. Circle Left and Push||30. Snow Covers the Head|
|11. Turn Around and Cut Overhand||31. Turn Around and Chop Down|
|12. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles||32. Retreat and Parry to the Left|
|13. Press Forward Diagonally||33. Left and Right Double Wheel|
|14. Turn Around and Cut Overhand||34. Dragon Jumps|
|15. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles||35. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles|
|16. Press Forward Diagonally||36. Horizontal Forward Press|
|17. Turn Around and Chop Downward||37. Right Horizontal Sweep|
|18. Golden Cock Strikes Forward||38. Change Saber Hand|
|19. Step to the Left and Press Forward||39. Conclusion of Tai Chi Saber|
|20. Turn Around and Cut Overhand|