Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Saber (Dao, Broadsword) Form. 23 Movement Form.
Style Taijiquan Broadsword Form, List of 23 Movements (PDF)
This 23 Movement Single Broadsword (Dao) Form was Created by Chen Zhaopei (1893-1972),
Generation Chen Style Taijiquan Grandmaster, in the 1930's.
"The Chen-style Single Broadsword Routine is
a kind of the Chen-style Taiji short weapons. There are thirteen movement
in the routine, so it is called the 'thirteen broadswords.' From 1930 to
1938, the famous Taijiquan master, the Chen-Family descendent of the eighteenth
generation, Chen Zhaopei had added nine movements at the basic of original
routine during teaching Taijiquan in Nanjing city. So it became the
popular Taiji Single Broadsword routine in Chenjiagou village.
The Chen-style Taiji Single Broadsword routine is short and
refined, the usages of the forms are clear. There are thirteen kinds of
rolling, closing, pricking, blocking, cutting, hacking, scooping, cross-cutting,
twisting, shaking, supporting, slicing and tilting. They really reflect
the characteristics of the Chen-style Taiji Single Broadsword, combining
hardness and softness in harmony, equaling stress the quickness and slowness,
dodging and transfers, relaxing and nimble, springing and shaking, sticking to
each other without being separated, twine to neutralize the force. It
remains the momentum of liking a fierce tiger and cutting forcefully to the Hua
Mountain. It's short weapon, but it can be used as a long weapon."
- Chen Zenglei, Chen Style Taijiquan, Sword and Broadsword,
2003, p. 322