"The Yang Style Tai Chi Sword must show unique characteristics in its expression, which is different from the bare hand form:
1. The pace of the sword movements are faster than bare hand movements.
2. A higher degree of nimbleness, calmness, smoothness, gracefulness, and skill is required.
3. The names of each movement of the sword form are special. There are some technical names from Wushu. But most names come from the beautiful movements of rare birds and animals, imagery of outer space, and fairy tales and legends. It is helpful to the learner to think in these terms of images and, furthermore, to vividly express the images in their movements.
4. Since ancient times the sword form has been called a sword-dance. However, performing the sword form is not exactly the same as a sword-dance. It does have the characteristic style of dance. For instance, it has the graceful dance movements and a strong sense of beauty felt in dance. Plus, it blends with the naturally smooth movements, open and extended postures or frames and the skill of Tai Chi Chuan. The form is more beautiful. There is a Chinese saying, “Add flowers to the brocade.” When this occurs the beauty is endless. It enables the learner to enter the realm of self-fulfillment and pleasure benefiting both mind and body."
- Grandmaster Yang Zhen Duo
32 Orthodox Simplified Sword Form: Bibliography, Links, Descriptions of 32 Movements, Lists, Quotes.
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