What is Yang Style Sword?
The Chinese Sword (劍; pinyin: jiàn), also called the “King of Weapons” is a traditional double-edged weapon that can be traced back 2500 years. In modern times, Tai Chi and other martial arts practitioners benefit from sword practice because it contains a lot of Yang energy. By using the “middle way” we combine this Yang energy with Ying energy's flowing movements to increase flexibility and joint mobility. Practicing the Tai Chi sword then becomes not a weapon but a conduit for our energy to extend around and through our body. This practice can especially benefit the shoulders, wrists, and fingers. The sword forms, like Chinese medicine, may help with arthritic-like conditions in a more natural way, slowly increasing or maintaining mobility in the joints.
Weapons my be viewed and used aggressively, however when used in your Tai Chi practice, you will find a way to change the nature of this energy to cultivate peace and promote health — another lesson/meditation to apply to our daily lives.
Always remember to consult a physician when attempting a new exercise.