Classical Yang Style - Sword Form

Tai Chi Practice Sword

Tai Chi Sword is a weaponry form of Tai Chi practice, in which the sword is viewed as an extension of the body.

"In Sword practice, one should focus on calmness in movement. The mind is as calm as the lotus pond, a clear surface to reflect the inner feeling of the form. The body should float like the boat, gently among the lotus blossoms as not to damage any of the delicate petals."

The following videos are intended to help students with their practice only. It cannot replace what is learnt by attending a course with a qualified instructor.

Sword Form Part 1
Sword Form Part 2
Sword Form Part 3
Sword Form Part 4

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe pdf filePRACTICE NOTES

These notes, written by me (Ian not Tony) describe the moves in brief for the first two parts of the form only. They are intended to help students with their practice only. They cannot replace what is learnt by attending a course with a qualified instructor.

Classical 42 Movements Taijiquan Sword Form

  1. Preparing form (Yu Bei Shi)
  2. Commencing form (Qi Shi)
  3. Stand with feet together and point sword (Bing Bu Dian Jian)
  4. Bow stance and cut obliquely (Gong Bu Xie Xiao)
  5. Lift knee and chop sword (Ti Xi Pi Jian)
  6. Left bow stance and parry sword (Zuo Gong Bu)
  7. Left empty stance and cut upward with sword (Zuo Xu Bu Liao)
  8. Right bow stance and cut upward with sword (You Gong Bu Liao)
  9. Lift knee and hold sword in both hands (Ti Xi Peng Jian)
  10. Heel-kick and thrust sword (Deng Jiao Qian Ci)
  11. Jump-step and thrust sword (Tiao Bu Ping Ci)
  12. Turn body and thrust down (Zhuan Shen Xia Ci)
  13. Bow stance and cut horizontally (Gong Bu Ping Zhan)
  14. Bow stance and tilt sword (Gong Bu Beng Jian)
  15. Rest stance and press sword (Xie Bu Ya Jian)
  16. Advance and circle with sword (Jin Bu Jiao Jian)
  17. Lift knee and thrust sword (Ti Xi Shang Ci)
  18. Empty stance to intercept with sword (Xu Bu Xia Jie)
  19. Withdraw sword to both sides (You Zuo Ping Dai)
  20. Bow stance and chop sword (Gong Bu Pi Jian)
  21. T-stance and hold sword (Ding Bu Tuo Jian)
  22. Toes kick and point back (Fen Jiao Hou Dian)
  23. Crouch stance and thrust sword (Pu Bu Chuan Jian)
  24. Heel-kick and block sword (Deng Jiao Jia Jian)
  25. Lift knee and point down (Ti Xi Dian Jian)
  26. Crouch stance and sweep sword (Pu Bu Heng Sao)
  27. Bow stance and intercept on both sides (You Zuo Gong Bu Xia Jie)
  28. Bow stance and thrust sword (Gong Du Xia Ci)
  29. Wave sword on both sides (You Zuo Yun Mo)
  30. Right bow stance and chop sword (You Gong Bu Pi)
  31. Raise leg backward and block (Hou Ju Tui Jia Jian)
  32. T-stance and point sword (Ding Bu Dian Jian)
  33. Horse stance and push sword (Ma Bu Tui Jian)
  34. Stand on one leg and hold up sword (Du Li Shang Tuo)
  35. Advance to parry and point (Jin Bu Gua Dian)
  36. Cross stance and tilt sword (Xie Bu Beng Jian)
  37. Bow stance and back thrust sword (Gong Bu Fan Ci)
  38. Tum body and thrust sword (Zhuan Shen Xia Ci)
  39. Lift knee and sword (Ti Xi Ti Jian)
  40. Walk and pierce sword (Xing Bu Chuan Jian)
  41. Wave leg and block sword (Bai Tui Jia Jian)
  42. Bow stance and thrust sword (Gong Bu Zhi Ci)
  43. Closing form (Shou Shi)

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Tai Chi Sword Form

Visit egreenway.com/taichichuan/sword32.htm and egreenway.com/taichichuan/sword55.htm for so much information that it would be pointless trying to emulate it here. Bibliography, links, free videos on YouTube and illustrated step by step description of one of the many forms.

Watch video of form: Tai-chi Sword Master Xue An Ri at youtube.com/watch?v=krVAnx1rr-o&NR=1

A suitable sword for your lessons may be purchased from Tai Chi Link: taichilink.co.uk


"Extension of mind through body, then through the weapon. The body and the sword becomes one."  Tai Chi Classics