These days have been very beneficial for me. Special thanks to Allan Belsheim who showed me the sword form and thanks to all the local students I met there to push with them.
I had learned another Chen Style sword form in the past, but didn’t practice this over the last years. Now by learning the Practical Method system I got a new idea about the benefit of practicing the sword form.
It was Master Chen’s advice to learn this form in order to get a feeling “how stiffshould be” … According his teachings mine was always “too loose”.
Another benefit should be to get a better feeling for “not moving”. It is more easy not to move the sword, because this is an object, not like the vivid hands who want to move all the time.
Beside that I got lots of instructions by Master Chen on alignment, connections, adding different directions, intent and in the end about adding power, meaning not to be loose in the form.
I heard all these before, but just recently I start to understand what this means for form practice: one needs to do the form exactly as if you have lots of weight to carry or resiting a strong opponent pushing you. Otherwise you are just doing the choreography without real meaning.
Very likely this is quite different of what most people expect Taijiquan is like.
Because of all the hands-on instructions of Master Chen I had a lot quite enlightening experiences, also I was able to copy things here and there. Then main difficulty for me now is to remember exactly these feelings and to repeat all this with others later. That for me is the main issue, because within this step most of the deviations naturally happens. Looking forward now to work with my students in Berlin again to prepare them for the upcoming workshops in Europe and for Daqingshan Fulltime Training 2012. See you and all best, Michael