The Two-Edged Sword
The two-edged sword is the oldest of the Chen
style weapons routines. It is practiced after
some experience of the "open-hand" techniques
because correct attitude relies on open hand skills.
The sword is considered simply as an extension
of the body.
routine is especially useful for relaxing shoulders
and hips, strengthening the body and calming the
mind. The soft/hard, quick/slow techniques of
Chen style are readily apparent - along with sudden
leaps, deceptive side-steps, opponent "shadowing"
and swift counter-strikes.
demo was given at the Auckland Art gallery during
Chinese New Year 2003. Click
the picture to download (1.8Mb, 145 secs).