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Tàijí Jiàn 32-Posture Sword Form

Tàijí Jiàn 32-Posture Sword Form

James Drewe


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The Sword Form is an important aspect of the popular Chinese martial art, Tàijíquan. The 32-Posture Sword Form, from the point of view of the physical movements only, is not complex, but there is a significant amount of other information, relating to the applications, that is open to interpretation.

Written by an experienced teacher of Tàijíquan, this book provides a detailed description of the Jian (the sword), its parts and how it should be held. Using photographs and illustrations, the author gives step-by-step instructions for the main 13 applications including sword strokes, stances and footwork techniques.

This book contains a wealth of information on Sword Form technique and is an ideal resource for students of martial arts, experienced practitioners or anyone interested in learning about Tàijíquan.

James Drewe has been practising Tàijí and Qigong since 1975; he has studied Tàijí with Master Chu King Hung, Richard Watson, Professor Li Deyin, Master Wang Yanji and Simon Watson. He currently teaches Yang, Chen, Sun, and Wudang styles of Tàijí, including various sword and fan forms. James is Vice-Chairman of the Longfei Taijiquan Association, a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) and is a registered instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB). Details of his regular classes in London and Kent can be found on his websites at and, and he can be emailed at

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
1. Introduction
2. Considerations around WASH and the nexus
3. Country case studies from the field
4. The role of non-household settings
5. Moving forward: bridging the divide