BEGINNERS’ MISTAKES – Tai Chi Sword 13

BEGINNERS’ MISTAKES - Tai Chi Sword
  • Lashing out, trying to cut the O with speed, without being invited.
  • Blocking or pushing an attacking blade aside instead of moving the body out of the way.
  • Disengaging to achieve a cut even though the O’s blade is dangerously close.
  • ‘Feinting’, to fake an attack in order to get an advantage.
  • Gripping the handle loosely or bending the wrist.
  • Gripping the handle too tightly, or tensing the arms.
  • Allowing the point to get unnecessarily out of line with the O.
  • Failure to take care of the O (causing or allowing harm to befall the O).
  • Clashing one blade against the other.
  • Having a plan or anticipating.
  • Anger or fear.

Author and Images: Ken van Sickle

BEGINNERS’ MISTAKES - Tai Chi Sword