HARMONY – Tai Chi Sword 10


In the 17th and 18th centuries duelling was a contest, a method of defending one’s honour or even a way of social climbing.

Fencing as sport is a contest wherein one wins, and the other loses.

Tai Chi fencing at the highest level is not ‘one against another’ but a way of harmony, a way of learning. Not just a way for you to flow, but a confluence.

HARMONY - Tai Chi Sword 10
Tai Chi Sword

In the beginning you will find fencing with various people as a ‘difference’ experience. The sooner you are able to harmonise with the O the sooner it will become a ‘self similar’ experience. Just as sensing hands is a more accurate description of what we call push hands, sensing swords would be the best description of Tai Chi fencing.

Author and Images: Ken van Sickle

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