Canadian Tai Chi Academy
Tai Chi Sabre
Our tai chi sabre form is said to have a strong bagua* influence. Even though it's the shortest of the forms Master Moy taught, it has perhaps the greatest variety of interpretations as the physical skills and level of health of the students he most focused on were so varied.
Generally, the extra weight of the sabre and the shape of the movements permit the student to shorten the radius of turning around the spine - increasing the internal movement.
While some of the modifications of the form were specific to students with health challenges ranging from arthritis to high blood pressure, the standard form provides an intense practice to improve the comparable movements in the student's bare hand form.
* Bagua - one of the three traditional internal martial arts characterized by its footwork and coiling of the spine.