Monday, June 20, 2011

Fencing Taiji: ancient martial arts

Fencing is an ancient martial art Tai Chi which is both a philosophy, a method, a game and a representation of life. Derived from Tai Chi Chuan as well as being an art of China aimed at finding strategic solutions in order to defend themselves, he also assumed the name of Gymnastics Long Life.

Fencing Taiji takes into account the principles of actual combat, so the self-responsible action becomes the first necessary condition from which we must begin to play the best discipline. An attack is always subordinate to the protection of one's body, in practice the first thing you need to learn is to keep the sword from his body and the sword of the opponent / partner. The second principle is to maintain contact between sensitive own sword and that of their partner and try to feel, through this connection, his strength, his energy, his true intention. The third principle calls for "out of the way" when an attack you directly, without ever trying to block it, otherwise it would use force against force, which is opposed to the principle of give in Taiji, but rather must move quickly to make the body enough to take a distance security, without extending too much in any direction and immediately resume the contact with the blade of the partners.

In China the history of the sword goes back at least three thousand years ago, long since vanished from the military, it is still very present in the martial arts and traditional theater. Zhuang Zhi, Chinese philosopher and mystic, one of the following representatives of Taoism Laozi, has dedicated one of his chapters (No. 30, "Discourses on the Sword"), where among other things it is written: "One who deftly wields the sword reveals its vacuum opponent, gives him an opening advantage, moving after him, comes before him. "
In any martial art the path to become experts (especially those who use weapons), it takes much time, patience, practice and intensive physical training.

A workout with the use of weapons leads to improve their response times, allowing martial artist to move quickly and correctly, by strengthening the muscles and motor coordination. To be able to effectively use various weapons on several occasions, a martial artist should practice and specialize minimum with a short and a long weapon. The training begins with the traditional long weapon with a long stick (kun), while the one with the weapon with a short sword (dao). The long stick is the root of all long guns (chang bing), and the saber is the mother of handguns (duan bing), which means that the long stick and the sword are the foundations to improve each group of weapons commonly called wuqi (martial instruments). Contested by the master sword, stick, spear and sword cut through space with grace and strength and appear, at the highest levels of expression, acquire a life of its own.

In fencing you use a sword that Taiji is not only the means to overcome the opponent, but encompasses many meanings and values. The Sword in the Far East, in fact, is the key that unlocks access to the perception of a space-time dimension is different from that of the newspaper. Part of the outfit, and shamanic rituals of different cultures, the sword is an instrument for establishing ties with its interior space a "much" more subtle, less conditioned by its coarser sensory horizon.
It is in this sense that the sword is his reason for being in the practice of Taiji, it offers a different perception of the ability to balance your body, physical and energetic. The sword, like an antenna, allows the capture of different energies, the surrounding space and bodies.

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