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William C. C. Chen's Tai Chi Sword Form Videos

Traditional Yang-Style Sword Form From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

The Yang Sword Form is an advanced martial arts exercise for wielding the double-edged straight Chinese sword. Master Chen's Tai Chi Sword Form is a direct descendent of the form of his legendary teacher, Grandmaster Chen Man-Ching, who learned it from Yang Chengfu, the most influential Yang family member of the 20th century.


Yang Tai Chi Sword Form - front view

Tai Chi sword movements with English names

William Chen doing Sword Form

The double-edged Chinese sword lends itself naturally to the principles of Tai Chi because it is not designed to meet force with force. Instead, the sword is used to deflect, avoid, and redirect blows - before delivering a slash or stab of its own. This was the weapon of choice for many famous generals and scholars.

From: William C. C. Chen (Sword Form DVD) (00:05:30)

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Yang Sword Form - split screen, front view

Tai Chi sword movements with breathing hints

William Chen doing Sword Form

This video includes "inhale" and "exhale" instructions. You inhale when generating power, and exhale when preparing and positioning.

From: William C. C. Chen (Sword Form DVD) (00:05:26)

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Yang Sword Form - from behind

Tai Chi Sword movements with Chinese names

William Chen doing Sword Form

The Tai Chi Sword Form is preparation for two-man practice that is similar to push hands. Most often, small circular movements are used to slice, nick, cut, and thrust. Getting out of the way and slicing are encouraged, as opposed to blocking with the blade or large chopping movements.

From: William C. C. Chen (Sword Form DVD) (00:05:15)

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Yang Sword Form - split screen, from behind

Tai Chi sword movements broken down

William Chen doing Sword Form

Master Chen counts out the movements, breaking them into their individual steps, to simplify learning and coordinating the moves.

From: William C. C. Chen (Sword Form DVD) (00:05:31)

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Yang Tai Chi Sword Form - 8mm from early 1970's

Rare early clip of Master Chen doing the form

William Chen doing Yang Sword Form

We see Grandmaster Chen in his late 30's doing the Sword Form as part of a Tai Chi demo. (8mm, no sound)

From: William C. C. Chen (00:00:51)

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