Studying Sword Form
When you pick up a sword, you expand your sphere of awareness from beyond your fingertips to the tip of the sword. This enlarged sphere requires more attention to the people and things around you.
In the sword form all the usual principles apply: connection to heaven and earth, sung, moving smoothly from the dantian, separating substantial from insubstantial, moving with balance, and rooting. A certain level of embodiment is helpful before picking up a sword.
Qualities specific to the sword form include the feeling of being under the sword: that one’s mass is below the sword, rooted in the ground. Almost always, the sword is in front of the body. Just as the body moves the arms in the non-sword form, in the sword form the body moves the sword so that one’s movement is fully integrated and from the center. The sword can move somewhat in the hand in order to maintain beauteous hand while the second sword (other hand) is present and supportive.
Follow the links to see senior teachers demonstrating the sword form.