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Wu Style Sabre

The Saber is one of the most powerful weapons of the Chinese tradition and usually the first weapon we learn in Tai Chi Chuan.

As a fighting means, the Saber is considered a soldier’s weapon, since it’s relatively easy to learn (compared to the Sword) and its advantage is that it can confront many opponents at once. One side of the Saber is thick and strong and doesn’t cut, allowing for stopping very strong strikes, while its technique is big and spread and aims more at total cutting than just puncturing.

In regards of health and fitness, the practice with the Saber is ideal for further strengthening of the muscular system, the tendons and the skeleton. It cultivates physical strength and flexibility, especially for the wrists, the shoulders, the neck, the chest and the upper back.

As all weapons, the broadsword is an art by itself, for students who wish to gain competence in it. Apart from the highly detailed and demanding form, there are there are individual exercises to understand the weapon’s technique, special exercises similar to Pushing Hands (Sticking Sabre), as well as some very demanding fighting applications of the form.

108 Wu Style Tai Chi Sabre Form

The Broadsword Form is a traditional form of the Wu Family. It uses one of the most dynamic weapons of the Chinese tradition and it is an inseparable part of the complete Tai Chi Chuan. It contains strong, dynamic, rapid movements and jumps. This Form too is based on all the principles students have already learned from the non-weapon forms. Thus, the student deepens his knowledge and abilities. For this reason, it is recommended only after a student has reached the Intermediate Level. The Broadsword Form strengthens the muscles, the tendons and the skeletal system.

 

  1. Beginning of Tai Chi Sabre
  2. Grasp Bird’s Tail
  3. Turn Body, Brush Knee and Push
  4. Cross Dao
  5. Step Forward and Cover Knee
  6. Evade, Stretch and Watch Dao
  7. Step Forward and Watch Dao
  8. Step Forward (left) and Take Star
  9. Step Forward Strike to Groin
  10. Retreat and Capture Dao
  11. Heart Splitting Stroke
  12. Embrace Moon
  13. Ugly Girl Testing the Sea
  14. Retreat and Strike
  15. Turn Body and Strike to Groin
  16. Embrace Moon
  17. Push Shuttles and Gaze at Moon
  18. Accipiter Turning its Body
  19. Turn Body and Watch Dao
  20. Raise, Take, Sink, Grasp and Hide Dao
  21. Strike at Face
  22. Turn Body and Hide Dao
  23. Strike Knee
  24. Raise Dao and Test the Sea
  25. Step Forward and Strike
  26. Raise, Take and Hide Dao
  27. Dragon Dashes Out of the Water
  28. Turn Body and Hide Dao
  29. Strike Upwards Thrice
  30. Take Off Shoes in a Drunken Mood
  31. Ugly Girl Testing the Sea
  32. Turn Body and Hide Dao
  33. Heart Splitting Stroke
  34. Retreat and Strike
  35. Sweeping Comet Chasing the Moon
  36. Cross Sweep a Thousand Soldiers
  37. Embrace Moon
  38. Push Shuttles and Gaze at Moon
  39. Turn Body and Hide Dao
  40. Heart Splitting Stroke
  41. Retreat and Strike
  42. Step Forward and Take Dao
  43. Netting the Moon
  44. Retreat and Grasp Dao
  45. Heart Splitting Stroke
  46. Embrace Moon
  47. Push Shuttles and Gaze at Moon
  48. Strike Tiger
  49. Fierce Tiger Jumping Creek
  50. Strike Face
  51. Lying Tiger
  52. Turn Body and Hide Dao
  53. Heart Splitting Stroke
  54. Winding Dragon Upright Dao
  55. Fast Step Winding Dragon
  56. Fast Step Flooding Cloud
  57. Hiding the Dao
  58. Hooking Double
  59. Defend Knee
  60. Step Forward and Strike
  61. Lying Tiger
  62. Lying Fish
  63. Turn Body and Watch Dao
  64. Step Forward and Strike Face
  65. Retreat Lying Tiger
  66. Lying Fish
  67. Turn Body and Watch Dao
  68. Step Forward Heart Splitting Stroke
  69. Turn Body and Stop Dao
  70. Green Snake Lies on Ground
  71. Heart Splitting Stroke
  72. Turn Body and Strike
  73. Speed the Horse with Whip
  74. Golden Needle Pointing South
  75. By-Pass Step and Strike
  76. Step Back, Slant Flying
  77. Raise Dao to Test Sea
  78. Step Forward and Strike
  79. Retreat, Evade and Stretch
  80. Tyrannical King Raises his Whip
  81. Double Hanging Strike
  82. Retreat and Strike
  83. Step Forward and Strike Groin
  84. Cross Sweep a Thousand Soldiers
  85. Sweeping Comet Chasing the Moon
  86. Slant Flying
  87. Twist Step, Embrace Moon
  88. Riding the Wind, Splitting the Waves
  89. Embrace Moon
  90. Turn Hand, Slice Clouds
  91. Taking the Star
  92. Retreat and Crack Dao
  93. Turn Arm and Plant Seedlings
  94. Double Strike
  95. Heart Splitting Stroke
  96. Lying Fish
  97. Slice Clouds
  98. Turn Body and Carry Basket
  99. Fast Step Slice Horse
  100. Turn Body Strike Left and Right
  101. Taking Dao From the Right
  102. Lying Tiger
  103. Turn Body and Hide Dao
  104. Heart Splitting Stroke
  105. Step Forward and Cross Dao
  106. Brush Knee and Push
  107. Withdraw Dao
  108. Conclusion of Tai Chi Dao