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Single Straight Sword (Dan Jian – 单剑)
The jian (straight, or double edged sword), is a more delicate weapon compared to the dao (broadsword) or spear. It is associated with the Phoenix. The jian is the weapon of the scholar or gentleman. The practice of the sword develops precise movements, focused awareness and the ability to project one’s jing or intention to the blade of the sword. This form is characterized by light, spiraling movements that demonstrate the internal aspects of Chen Style Taijiquan. Include in the sword form are techniques for piercing, choping or hacking, hacking, pointing or tipping, slicing and parrying. While the tassle looks fancy, it is purely decorative and for show. The movements of the sword form is performed like a dragon flying through the sky – fluid, smooth and continuous.
The video at the end of the page is from Grandmaster Chen Zhen Lei and is the form taught by Master Chen Huixian when she was in Madison 2012. I learned my sword from from Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang, Grandmaster Chen Xiao Xing and Master Ren Guang Yi and there are differences between their forms and this video.
1. Preparatory stance (yu bei shi), sometimes also referred to as starting form (qi shi)