Ptah Khi School of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan Martial Arts & Holistic Health
The Sabre in Wudang Tai Chi Chuan is a mysterious weapon the stances of the Sabre Form are long and low and there are many crouching stances leading to jumps, while twisting and turning moves so your observing the different direction. To those who are half way through the grading system they will be instructed on the Sabre Form.
The 8 forces of the Sabre (Dao)There are 8 basic uses of the Dao.
- Pi – to chop/split from various angles.
- Ci – to stab/pierce
- Tan – to search out –slashing upwards to the groin.
- Tuo – to push up –left hand supporting the blade.
- Ti – to lift – an upward diversion.
- Liao – to stir –diversion and slash in one continuous movement.
- Chen – to sink –diverting an attack by pressing downwards.
- Lu – to divert an attack to the side.
- By practising the Tai Chi Sabre Form, we use techniques different from what is used in the Hand, Sword and Spear Forms. The Sabre is very direct and strengthens your resolve. The techniques stretch and strengthen the muscle, sinew and bones, improve blood circulation and coordination as well as strengthening the respiration. By concentrating on the changes in the deep, long and beautiful stances in the Sabre Form, body and weapon will be in harmony.
- The Sabre can be used for Self Defence. If faced by violent thugs who, armed with some sort of weapon, are trying to mug or rob you, you can utilize any object close at hand – such as an umbrella, cane or other ordinary object – and use the Sabre techniques to protect yourself from potential attacks.
- The most important reason. Practising with the Sabre will improve your self-confidence, enabling you to react swiftly and with precision in the face of a problem/challenge that would normally have left you in panic, make you lose your calm or freeze up in fear. In our everyday lives, this improved self-confidence can enable us to keep the larger view of the situation and make deliberate decisions.
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