Not the Same But …..(the Same)

A student said that the straight sword form I taught him weren’t the same as that shown in some of the videos on the internet.

There are three ways to look at this :-

a) Why should what we do and what others do be the same?

b) It does not matter whether we are the same or not; the important thing is is what we do practical or ornamental?

c) If you see something different that is useful then study it and make it your own

When it comes to the learning of weapons, most Tai Chi teachers just teach the form devoid of explanation on how to use the movements. Some teachers might offer explanations but at times what is put forward can fall short when subject to the test of a resisting opponent, even if less than full resistance.

To be able to learn how to apply every movement, understand the strategy and pick up the ability to change in the face of a resisting opponent is rarer still. However, this is the best way to ensure that the student understands the movements in the form in a much better manner.

In the use of the straight sword there are many methods. What is important to us is to know what we do well. If you see something different by all means try it out. If it works keep it. If not, put it aside for further investigation. If its truly useless then discard it.

The straight sword form teaches many things, some obvious; many not so. I wouldn’t worry too much about the differences as long as the applications are there and make sense. Most of the time mistakes can be understood quickly – if you make one you get cut or you get stabbed.

Because we train without gloves to protect the wrist, pad to protect the chest or helmet to cover the head we cannot rush in to attack without due consideration. I know that having protection is good for the sake of safety. However, having protection can make the student careless.

When carelessness is rewarded with instant painful reminders the student will take greater care than when he is padded up. Due to the possibilities of injury this type of training should not be undertaken by a student against another student on similar level of skill due to the fact that it is too easy to be careless and lose control, more so when the ego is involved.



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