The Art of the Chinese Straight Sword

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    1. Basics of the Chinese Straight Sword
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    This lesson provides a brief history and overview of the Jian, as well as basic practice drills to develop a familiarity with holding and moving the sword.

    This lesson provides a brief history and overview of the Jian, as well as basic practice drills to develop a familiarity with holding and moving the sword.

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    2. Body Alignment for Jian Sword Work
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    In this lesson, learn about alignment, posture, and body connection for Chinese straight sword work, as well as conditioning exercises for Jian movement.

    In this lesson, learn about alignment, posture, and body connection for Chinese straight sword work, as well as conditioning exercises for Jian movement.

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    3. Basic Footwork for Jian Swordplay
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    In this lesson, learn the basic steps of Chinese swordplay, including common advances and retreats, lateral stepping and lunging, and weight shifting.

    In this lesson, learn the basic steps of Chinese swordplay, including common advances and retreats, lateral stepping and lunging, and weight shifting.

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    4. Attack & Defense in Straight Sword
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    In this lesson, learn the basic Jian attacks of cut and thrust, as well as the fundamental defensive positions for the Chinese straight sword.

    In this lesson, learn the basic Jian attacks of cut and thrust, as well as the fundamental defensive positions for the Chinese straight sword.

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    5. Reprise Attack in Straight Sword
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    In this lesson, learn the Jian swordplay counter attack to follow a successful defense, illustrated with both individual and partner demonstrations.

    In this lesson, learn the Jian swordplay counter attack to follow a successful defense, illustrated with both individual and partner demonstrations.

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6 Comments
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George L
I have learned long forms of Jian and Dao, but no applications. very enlightening lessons. Great stuff. I will log back again. I am in Melbourne Australia. Hard to get teachers who know their full style.
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Keith C
Interesting pronunciation for 剪
Practical Qi Gong
Thanks! I'll be the first to tell you that my Chinese is terrible! I've been studying Chinese internal arts for almost thirty years, and am a practitioner and instructor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. My fellow faculty often comment on my haphazard pronunciation, but I can usually get my message across. I hope you enjoyed the course non the less!
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SHANA V
Ha, ha, use the sword as you would want it to be used....I don't think I'd want a sword to be used against me under any circumstances whatseover. Nice class. Cheers and all the best sensei
Michael G
Then, according to ancient Chinese secret; you shouldn't be using a sword at all. =D I can imagine scenarios when having a sword used against me would be just. It basically just means, "Just because you can use it, doesn't mean you should, and how you DO use it speaks of your character."
Michael G
The same idea applies to a gun. Imagine you see a man getting threatened by an assailant who wants his wallet. The man says "Okay, calm down, it's not worth it." The man hands over his wallet and the assailant runs off. Come to find out, in the aftermath, the man who got robbed was armed with a gun, but chose not to use it. When asked why, he says "It was just some money, nothing worth anyone dying over." That speaks volumes about his character.
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