This video is the first video in a series that provides instructions for all of the moves of the Yang Tai Chi 13 Saber Form. This form is not described in a series of postures like most forms, but instead is described by a poem that is meant to convey the feeling or spirit of the moves contained in the form. The poem is given in 13 lines of poetry (thus it is called the 13 Saber Form) and each line of the poem corresponds to several postures in the Saber Form. In this series I have split of the 13 lines of the form into smaller segments and I have tried separate movements that stand alone well to make it easier to learn. The movements and sequence have not been altered, they have simply been split into about 25 lessons plus an intro lesson. Each video covers one of the segments of this form and shows the movements from several different angles. The movements in the video are labeled by the line of the poem from which they came and a number indicating the posture in that line. For example, the first move of the form will be called, “Line 1: Move 1.” The second move of the form will be called, “Line 1: Move 2.” The second move of the third line will be called, “Line 3: Move 2” etc.
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For your reference, below, I have copied the Yang Tai Chi 13 Saber Poem as found on the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association’s website. (Excluding the pinyin version) ()
Seven stars to Mount the tiger, Wielding saber forms.
Spring-and-clear to Daze-and-strike with Will and spirit raised.
Looking leftward, Gazing right, the Two components spread.
White crane displays its wings to Palm the five-fold states.
Breezes turn the lotus bloom to Hide it in the leaves.
Treasured maidens work their shuttles facing eightfold ways.
Triple stars open, close, Extending to their will.
Double legs arising come and Strike the tiger pose.
Drape the body, hang aslant, and Kick like doting ducks
With the current, push the boat, the Whip can be a pole.
Lower posture, Thrice combining, freedom calls to roll.
Leftward, rightward cleaving streams, the Dragon gate to crest.
Old Bian-He retrieves his stone and Phoenix returns to nest.
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