Gilman Studio On-Line Lessons



Yang Style Saber Application Form

Tai Chi Chuan


This Lesson Contains:

Push Vertical Knife

My opponent sees an opening high and goes for my neck. I bring the saber up and block her cut.


Bringing the saber up.

This is rather a simple movement. I don’t move my lower body at all. The saber is brought up into a block by pivoting at the shoulder. The elbow makes a counterclockwise arc upward. The left hand is moving down the saber blade to end up providing a support for the block.

Focus on the opponent’s saber.





The block is complete.

The saber ends by the upper body with the blade at about a 45-degree angle. The left hand is on the lower portion of the back of the blade. The heel of the hand is in contact with the blade. Don’t use the fingers. Keep them out of the way. They won’t provide enough support. Don’t let the right wrist bend for the same reason. Keep the shoulders relaxed and down as much as possible.

Focus on the saber blade.





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