Sword Form Course

Yang Style Sword Form Course  

for 2018 @ Ashton Park School, Bristol

5 Sundays across 2018:-  11 March,  20 May,  17 June,  23 Sept,  25 Nov

Fees & Details: see below  

Yang Style Straight Narrow Blade Sword Form   

Ideal for developing both Concentration and Relaxation and Extending the Qi

The Yang family style straight sword form provides an ideal introduction to Taiji weapons forms. 

Practice develops the balance between concentration and relaxation of both body and mind whilst strengthening the spirit (Shen).

An important part of the practice is learning how to extend the Qi beyond the body and outwards through the weapon, an essential skill for Acupuncturists and Healers.


Sword Gleams

Sword practice improves strength and suppleness in the lower body, enabling the joints to become more open and thus developing sinking ability. The sword should be used in such a way that it becomes a part of the body, following the same Taiji principles that define the empty hand forms. 

This particular form is passed down from the famous teacher Cheng Man Ching and further refined by his student and personal physician Dr. Chi Chang Tao, who was a guerilla fighter in the Sino-Japanese wars and later lived in Vancouver until his death in the early 90’s. It will also be familiar to students who followed the teachings of Alan Peck's Bristol school or the late John Kells.

Students should have some prior experience of studying Taiji, preferably being able to complete some kind of form. This Sword Form consists of around 60 postures and although it only takes about 5 minutes to perform it involves absorbing a significant amount of information as well as learning and practising the postures. 

Sword Classes will consist of warm-up exercises, sword drills and the solo sword form. 

Swords can be easily purchased, Google "Wooden Tai chi practice sword", estimated prices in the region of £15 - £25.

You will need to bring your own lunch, a wooden chinese sword and a beginner’s mind.

Please note that the maximum number of participants will be limited and if you wish to guarantee a place and to take advantage of a significantly reduced price you should book with a deposit as soon as possible.    

Concentrated course study of the Sword Form requires commitment. In order to complete the form in the time available students will need to attend every lesson and to practice regularly between lessons as well. 

Because we require commitment, the fee structure is heavily discounted in favour of those paying in full in advance. There is also a significant discount for students who have previously studied the Sword Form and would like to refresh their knowledge.

Sword Course Fees:-

Substantial Advance Discounts:

Sword, Full Course, 5 Sundays paid in Advance by 23 Feb                               £250

Sword Full Course, 5 Sundays, paid first day:                                                 £300                                        Intial deposit £200 + balance in instalments 4 x £25

Sword Only Standard Daily Fee             £70 per day   (Half Day £40)

Discounted Daily Sword Fee for previous Sword Students          £50 per day  (Half Day £30)

Substantial Advance Discounts for doing the Saturday Workshops as well click here

Level: Sword Course as specified; open to All

Sword Form Days:  Sundays 10am - 4.30pm:  

Lunch break approx.  1 hr  ≈  1pm - 2pm

Tea will be provided but you must B.Y.O. lunches or go out for lunch

Don't forget you need your own Sword!


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