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Weapon Forms

The Tai Chi Long Form is but one of five Tai Chi forms corresponding to the basic elements in Chinese tradition. (Tai Chi is earth, symbol of rooting power. The other four are wood, fire*, metal, and water.) The Tai Chi weapon forms are intrinsically elegant and of great practical use in combat situations, even with substitute weapons such as a rolled-up newspaper or umbrella. Practice linking the weapon to the body also enhances one's basic form, through the extra balance required and the goal of focusing one's chi to the tip of the weapon.

Stickfighting Forms
Identified with Wood, symbol of absorbing power. Traditional short-stick form and two-person sparring form specially adapted by Master Chu. Best weapons class to begin with. Pre-requisites: Tai Chi Short Form. Twenty-week course.

Broad Sword (Big Knife)
This form's element is Metal, symbol of striking power. Although class practice is with the sword, the same techniques can be used with a smaller knife. Pre-requisites: Tai Chi Short Form. Sixteen-week course.

Double-Edged Sword
Identified with Water, symbol of yielding power. It is considered the most beautiful form. The same movements can also be used with an umbrella, ruler, small dagger, or even a pencil. Pre-requisites: Tai Chi Short Form. Twenty-week course.

* The Spear Form, associated with fire, is not taught at the Center because the weapon is 18 feet long and intended for use on horseback.

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