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Tai Chi Sword is a weapon form of Tai Chi . Tai Chi Sword 32 form has theoretical traditions in Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. This is the basic form of Tai Chi Sword that has easy to learn and remember steps. This form has been widely accepted and impletmented around the world as the primer course for Tai Chi Sword System.
Tai Chi Sword 42 form has 42 movements, including 18 sword strokes and 5 step forms, taking about 4 minutes to complete. This form has the characteristics of Yang, Wu and Chen style Tai Chi Sword, and is recognised as the competition form used throughout the sword martial arts associations
Another Tai Chii weaponary forms is Chen Style Tai Chi Sword 49. The routine demands the swordmanship of stabbing, stitching,sweeping, wiping and pointing in lightning fast and slow flowing movements that can be hard or soft. These movements are of a cobined nature i.e. body and sword together, with a continuous transfer of your body weight. Footwork is essential to maintain balance and rhythm. Tai Chi Sword offers a fitness regime, self defence and also be an aesthetic art form.
One of the weoponary Tai Chi forms is called Wu Dang Sword. It has a long history in Han Chinese Martial Arts and belongs to the Wu Dang Clan. It is one part of the Wudang martial arts curriculum that was handed down by the Daoist Immortal, Zhang San-Feng. It uses delicate techniques along with lightning fast movements. Wudang sword goes from slow to fast and soft to hard in an instant. Attacks can be straight-line or circular motions. Low postures are used along with high jumps in the air. Some of these actions are described as like “the dragon spiraling in water”, or “quiet as a Civet catching mice”. The actions can be adjusted to meet the practitioner’s age, skill or capabilities. It is this combination that makes Wudang Sword one of the most famous and sought after sword arts in China’s history.