Where would you buy swords in China

Buy a tai chi sword

Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan is originally a martial art with a strong focus on defense. In order to fully master the movements or shapes, you need to exercise with attention and exertion over a long period of time. Practicing tai chi brings health benefits and increases qi or life force. Basically, Taji is a concept of the flow of yin and yang. This polarity is dynamic and can be found in most exercises.

Tai Chi is known worldwide and the modern styles are often based on one of the five traditional schools: Yang, Wu, Chen, Hu and Sun.

Using the sword is often an integral part of Tai Chi training. Traditional Chinese weapons were the Dao (saber) and the Jian (straight sword) and the practice of Jian is most developed in Tai Chi. This sword is therefore also known as the Tai Chi sword in the course of time.In China the Jian is also known as the master of all weapons.These swords are also called Taijijian because the original name of Tai Chi is actually Taijiquan.

The tai chi sword is a relatively narrow, straight sword with a double-sided edge. In skilled hands, this is a dangerous sword. In Chinese culture, however, the jian is also used as a means to break the veils of illusion, ego and attachment and is associated with spiritual refinement.

Below is a tai chi sword that is suitable for training.

Buy a tai chi sword

It is also clear that the sword is no longer used as a conventional weapon in this day and age. But the sword retains its place deep in the psyche. The primary purpose of wielding the weapon in conflict has disappeared in developed countries. But the sword can still be used as a tool for personal development.

The Tai Chi sword is seen as a weapon to reach a higher level both physically and mentally. Often one begins with bare handwork, and after the basic structures have been developed, one continues with the study of weapons training.

The consequence of using the sword in tai chi is that one acquires more sword skills and thus also requires more subtle control of body and mind; all this ensures that the practitioner has the opportunity to expand the qi. The difference between a tai chi sword and a jian, in my opinion, is that a tai chi sword is often lighter. A jian often has a solid blade and is suitable for functional use. That means fully combat-ready and sharp, so also suitable for chopping and cutting exercises.

Despite the preference for the straight sword in Tai Chi, the Dao or the saber is also very well known in China itself. In the Chinese martial arts, the use of the Dao precedes the use of the Jian or Tai Chi sword. Technically, the movements with a saber are often simpler and therefore a good stepping stone to the more complex skills of a straight sword. A sword like the Dao is often less forgiving and very merciless and has less visual appeal.

It is clear that there is more to the use of the straight sword than a few movements, and proper use requires study in order to properly learn the use and behavior of the sword.

A good quality tai chi sword must meet a number of requirements in order for you to be able to perform the form exercises safely and correctly. The steel must have been properly heat treated so that the sword is well balanced in terms of stiffness and flexibility.

Authentic straight swords were forged and folded in China using the Sanmei construction. The result is sharp, but also flexible blades and a good balance. You can read more about this in my article Jian (Chinese straight sword) and Dao (broadsword). In this article I mention that in my opinion, Chinese swords don't get enough attention and honor.

Such a construction is not necessary for the execution of Tai Chi forms, as it is not used functionally (I mean cutting and chopping exercises). In order to still practice with an authentic sword in terms of feel and haptics, you can opt for a tai chi sword made of forged steel with a high carbon content.

These are also often of the correct weight and balance. Since every body is different, it is important to choose a sword that is a good fit for your body in terms of length. A teacher can always give the best advice on this. In our shop, you can buy two types of tai chi swords, the standard tai chi sword, which is soberly designed and meets all requirements. And there is also a tai chi sword developed by martial arts master Sifu Adam Hsu with a more refined finish. Of course, both Tai Chi swords are available in different lengths.

Below a ready-to-fight sharp Jian with Sanmei construction by Huanuo, which is suitable for functional use.

For those more interested in Jians for functional use, there are several options. You can see all the Chinese swords.