So my student got a straight sword. Looked good until I held it and swung it a bit.
The tip side was too light and the handle side a bit off-balance. It probably wouldn’t make much difference to a beginner. But as he goes on he will feel these two problem areas more.
So the blade is the fist and vice versa. To help develop this are some simple staple drills that we should constantly work on.
These basic drills will help develop what we do in the form. Again as in emptyhand form we need to understand how we can use the techniques to understand the transition movements.
As my student found out, some responses that work for emptyhand techniques will get him cut when applied to straight sword techniques. However, emptyhand techniques can be enhanced by straight sword movements.
Thus, every movement must be learned properly, at the very least the basic way of doing so, before attempting to express variations of the same movement. In tandem with this he should try to incorporate straight sword principles and concepts into push hands to widen his repertoire and deepen his intrinsic expression of intent and power.