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42-Step Taiji Sword Part 1
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Ready Position

    Stand with feet together, toes pointing forward; relax the chest and the back; keep the body straight and let the arms hang naturally at the sides of the body. Change the right hand into the sword-fingers form, with the right palm inward toward the thigh; the left hand holds the sword, with the left palm facing back; the sword is held straight against the back of the left ann, with the tip of the blade upward. Assume that the direction faced is South. Look straight ahead. (Fig. l)

   Important Points

   Hold the body naturally straight. Lift the head and neck, draw in the chin slightly, relax and lower the shoulders, and breathe naturally. Concentrate.

   Common Mistakes

   · The chest is thrust out and the knees are locked, and the body is tense.

   · The sword is held on a slant, the blade touches the body.

   1. Qishi 起势 (Beginning Position)

   1.1 Stand with Feet Apart

  Lift the left foot and move it half a step to the left, shoulder-width apart; keep the body center balanced on both feet. At the same time bend the arms slightly and turn them slightly inward, with each hand4 inches or about 10 centimeters away from the side of the body. Look straight ahead. (Fig. 2)

     1.2 Lift the Foot and Hold the Sword  

     Straighten the arms naturally and draw them to the left front until they reach shoulder height, palms downward; then turn the torso slightly to the right; with the turning of the body swing the fight sword-fingers to the fight until they reach the right front. Then bend the right elbow and move the right hand in an arc to the front of the abdomen, the right palm upward; the left hand holding the sword swings to the right, then bend the left elbow and move the left hand to the front of the body, with the wrist at shoulder height, the left palm downward; the palms face each other: at the same time. shift the body center to the left and bend the left leg into a half squat. Lift and draw in the right foot to the inside of the left foot. (Do not touch the right foot to the ground.) Look straight ahead. (Figs. 3, 4)

1.3 Extend the Arms and T-Stance

Move the right foot to the right front (about 45 degrees), at the same time, swing the right sword-fingers to the upper front from below the left arm, bend the fight arm slightly, with the wrist at shoulder height and the right palm inward; the left hand holds the sword and touches the inside of the right forearm (the handle of the sword is above the right forearm), the left palm downward. (Fig. 5)

     Then, shift the body center to the right leg, the left foot pulls back to the inside of the right foot, with the ball of the left foot touching the ground. At the same time, extend the right sword-fingers to the fight front, the palm slanted upward; bend the left elbow and draw the left hand holding the sword to the front of the right chest, with the left palm downward. Look in the direction in which the sword points. (Figs. 6, 7)

    1.4 Point Forward in Bow Stance

    Shift the body center slightly to the left, draw the fight toes inward, turn the body to the left (about 90 degrees), step the left foot to the left front, then shift the body center to the front to form a left bow stance; at the same time the left hand holding the sword strokes to the left past the front of the knee in an arc until it reaches the left hip, with the left ann slightly bent, the palm facing backward, the sword straight up and down with the tip of the sword pointed upward; bend the fight elbow and move the fight sword-fingers past the fight ear and point them forward, with the fight palm slanted forward, the fingertips upward and the wrist at shoulder height. Look straight ahead. (Figs. 8, 9)

   Important Points

   · Coordinate all movements through shifting of the body center and turning the waist. Keep the torso upright, steady and relaxed. Do not swing the body or let it lean, At the same time, relax and lower the shoulders. Let the arms be relaxed yet energized,

    · When executing the bow stance and pointing the sword-fingers, turn the right foot to shift the body center a little in a steady movement. Do not swing the body; be agile and gentle in stepping with the left foot, heel touching the ground first before planting the whole foot as the body center shifts.

    · Face South at the beginning, face Southwest when fixing the T-stance, and face due East in the left bow stance.

     Common Mistakes

     · The arms are stiff.

     · The body sways, swings or leans

     · The foot drops heavily on the ground when stepping,

     · When holding the sword, the ball of the foot that is drawn in touches the ground.

     · When the form is fixed, the sword is slanted instead of being held straight up and down.

     2. Bingbu Dianjian 并步点剑 (Stand with the Feet Together and Point the Sword)

     2.1 Step Forward to Thread then Separate the Hands

     Shift the body center forward, move the right foot past the inside of the left foot to the right front (about 45 degrees), then shift the body center forward, bend the right leg, lift and draw in the left foot to the inside of the right foot. At the same time, extend the left hand holding the sword past the front of the chest forward until it reaches above the right wrist (The handle of the sword touches the right wrist). Separate the hands to the left and right sides, swing them up, then pull the elbows back, moving the two hands in arcs to the sides of the hips, with the palms downward. Look straight ahead. (Figs. 10, 11, 12)

   2.2 Bow Stance and Take the Sword

   Step the left foot to the left front (about 45 degrees), form a left bow stance with the shift of the body center; at the same time separate and swing the hands to both sides of the body a little higher than shoulder height, then move them in a curve and bring them together in front of the chest; the right palm faces outward, with the arms in an arc, the sword close to the left forearm

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