November 11, 2018

The previous four posts in this series discussed the first eight energies (techniques) on the list of the 13 energies of the sword.  This list was created, reportedly, by General Li Jing-lin, China’s most celebrated swordsman of the early 20th century. The 10th-generat...

August 25, 2018

The earlier articles in this series reviewed the characteristics of the first six energies (or techniques) on the list of 13 Energies of the Sword. [i] This list was composed by General Li Jing-lin, a renowned Wudang sword master and a close friend of Yang Cheng-fu. Ge...

In June 2018, Cold Mountain Internal Arts (CMIA) - Kitchener held a workshop on taiji sword. The workshop included three sections: (i) Sword Qigong,  (ii) Sword Postures, and (iii) Eight Points of Fence. These sections were led, respectively, by Tanya Korovkin (associa...

October 26, 2017

Tanya Korovkin
is a long time taiji practitioner. Her focus is on Yang and Atado Wudang Taiji. She has studied with Steve Higgins, Sam Masich, and Ron Williamson. At the 2009 Canadian Taijiquan Open Championships, Tanya earned a silver medal for her performance of Old...

July 8, 2017

Previousl articles in this series

Thirteen Energies of the Sword 1: Draw and Carry

Thirteen Energies of the Sword 2: Lift and Block

Strike and Thrust, the fifth and sixth energies on Huang’s, Olson’s, and Rodell’s list, are primarily offensive techniques. As such, they of...

The snippet of accompanying video shows me, Tanya Korovkin, Bob Wiljer and Patricia Beretta performing Sam Masich's 'Five-section Two-person' Taijijian (Tai Chi straight sword) form.  There is an interesting range of experience on display.  I learned the form from Sam...

May 21, 2017

Draw and Carry -- the bread and butter energies discussed in the previous post -- appear at the top of the 13-energy list in several influential sword manuals (e.g., Huang’s, Olson’s, Rodell’s). They are usually followed on this list by Lift and Block. If Draw and Carr...

April 15, 2017

We are all familiar, at least to some extent, with Grasp the Bird’s Tail at the beginning of the Yang 108. Ward Off, Roll Back, Press, and Push – indeed, it sometimes feels like one could do it even in the sleep! These are the first four of the 13 energies (gates or po...

April 8, 2017

Steve Higgins:  Beginnings 

In 1977 I was involved in a life-altering accident when, while walking along the side of a highway, I was struck from the rear by an automobile traveling at high speed.  I suffered substantial soft tissue damage, dislocated ribs, strained mus...

February 13, 2017

We've already looked at the subject of the Central Ground as one of the Four Tangibles ( ).  One aspect of the Central Ground is the Axis which forms the longitudinal...

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