#PhilosophicalFriday is the Taiji Forum blog on philosophy and theory of the Chinese arts. It works with expressions and calligraphies from East and West to explore parallels and differences between Chinese and „Western“ culture and thought. – And it gives you a little something to chew on for your weekend.
At the moment, we are publishing a section of Ken van Sickle’s book „Tai Chi Sword“ every week. Simultaneously, Gabi’s German translation will be published on our German sister page. Be prepared for some unique insights into the philosophy and practice of the way of the sword in the Cheng Man Ching tradition!
If you observe Tai Chi people fencing you will hear more laughter than in any other Tai Chi action, and you may have noticed if you have seen the films of Professor Cheng fencing, that he was definitely ‘amused ’ .
A general way of measuring sword length is with the pommel on the floor, the point reaching near but not higher than your navel. However since the length of the blade is the most important element, and …