This past Saturday was a curriculum study day, and I have to say it was so much fun! What a great group of taiji players and students.
We practiced form together – a nice long 40-minute set – and then after a little sensing hands practice, we tried out our sensing skills with the sword.
Yep, we put the double-edge weapon in our hands, and together began our exploration of the magic and majesty of the sword. A great introduction! Marveling at the swords ability to amplify our intentions and show us ourselves so clearly, we laughed heartily and focused mindfully.
Song of the Taiji Sword
From the beginning the way of the sword has been difficult to hand down
Like a dragon and rainbow it is very subtle and abstruse
Should it be used like that of a hacking knife
The old sword immortal San-Feng would die of laughter
(Y.K. Chen, trans by S.A. Olson, Tai Chi Sword, Sabre, & Staff)
So far, so good – the only laughter we heard was our own!
Nice work everyone. (and for those of you who missed it….there’ll be more, for sure!)
Til the next move,
Enjoy your practice
That was a great day! I’m already looking forward to the next time we all get to play together.
In just two weeks!
Great fun this eve in ‘hamp as well. What great energy in the qi gung work and some folks staying for a bit of tai chi. I can’t begin to tell, though well you know, how much I am loving my practice with you. Health wise, I’ve dropped ten pounds and slimmed down (gotten more muscles) in butt and thigh’s and feeling so much better in so many ways.
that’s great Laur – taiji is the great balancer…..with regular practice, it seems to help us achieve just what we are needing
Nice. Sword work really teaches you about subtle angles and intent, doesn’t it?
It sure does! Thanks for commenting.