I feel lucky to have had the joy of experiencing quite a range of Martial Arts having started at the age of 6 and having parents blessed with the moving house bug, allowed me this rare opportunity. Some would say jack of all trades and Master of None, if it was not my life long fascination for the Tai Chi Sword I would totally agree.
Those of us that can be considered veterans in the Martial Arts no matter what style you train, you will know of the benefits of the Conditioning one receives, and is quite evident when you have met a retired Elder after dedicating their life to training is still pulling the odd kick and punch or two, just to show they have still got it. And they certainly have.
The first time I ever saw the Tai Chi Sword was in a Chinese theatre, I was there with my Dad when he was on a business trip. There were many scenes of fighting and some big hefty weapons, it seemed like the characters in the play were being slaughtered left right and centre. It was not until a scene right near the end that I noticed this swift and rather elegant weapon.
I think the fascination I drew from my first encounter of the Tai Chi Sword, was that when it was drawn and used in battle no one on the stage actually died. The obviously very professional Martial Artist kept his would be assailant at bay with very short sharp movements and taps on, what I came to know as vital points, as if to say to the attacker, "look I got Ya, you should be dead please give up, I don't want to hurt you."
Even at a very young age and only 2 years into Martial Art Training I guess with the help of my Dad I noticed that this was a very skilled man showing a very skilled art. This was something I wanted to learn.
I believe that it is quite usual for the Tai Chi Sword to be the 3rd or 4th form taught in many classes, in fact I have heard some masters have stopped to teach it altogether. It is known by the masters to train in Tai Chi and receive the true treasure this art bestows even before bringing in the sword element to the training, it takes dedication individually and from the whole group.
Serious Masters, as in dedicated to their art, when they have people come and go as they please (other commitments or not) I am sure some Master may think they are not truly ready for the sword form. (Why would the Master waste their time?)
On my journey Travelling and to and from various Martial Arts Classes I had some times stumbled passed the window of Tai Chi Classes and wondered what it was all about, I would only see a large majority of retired people practising. I said to my self perhaps ill try that when I am retired with a chuckle.
Still today I am on a Journey some where, for which I can only hope one day I end up learning the Tai Chi Sword Form. I would like to leave a note to all those serious Martial Artists that come to pass this article and think as I did about this art.
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