Weapons forms are beautiful and fun to practice and will enhance your tai chi practice. Learning weapons forms will enhance your hand-forms and visa versa. Where open-hand forms concentrate on working within the body, the weapon forms allow you to push beyond the body and work without. Each weapon has a diffrent weight: light; medium or heavy, a diffrent form: blunt; edged; pointed; short or long or action: thrust, chop, block etc. Learning to balance these extra variables with the body is what is important. Its fair to say we don't walk around empty handed all the time. So learning to maintain our center and balance when carrying and using objects has got to be good practice on or off the battlefield.
The Yang style pole or staff form is ocassionally introduced and practised for variety. It is quite short and does not require 'athleticism' to perfom well.
This is a short easy form often used as an introduction to weapons forms for beginners. It has a good flow and uses fairly basic fan opening techniques, enabling participants to become familiar with the fan before moving on to more complex movements.
|S1 P02||Hold the Moon in Arms|
|S1 P03||Willow Waves in Breeze|
|S1 P04||Dust Against Wind|
|S1 P05||Waves upon Waves|
|S1 P06||Old Man Angling|
|S1 P07||Split in Horse Stance|
|S1 P08||Turn Round and Strike Tiger|
|S1 P09||Holy Dragon Turns Head|
|S1 P10||Open Fan with Legs Apart|
|S1 P11||Push the Boat Along with the Current|
|S1 P12||Pluck Fan at Both Sides|
|S1 P13||Hold the Fan in Horse Stance|
|S1 P14||The White Crane Spreads its Wings|
|S1 P15||Wind Scatters Lotus Leaves|
|S1 P16||Spring Returns to the Land|
|S1 P17||Cross Knees and Open the Fan|
|S1 P18||Close the Form|
Very popular with our Fan fans! This form includes some more complex movements, allowing participants to 'show off' their achievements.