White Crane Sword Pt 23

It was great to see the new part again in detail, for years now I have been doing it as left and right steps changing direction like the part near Woodcutter Asks the Road.

It’s taken me a while to replace my tripod which blew over in the wind last year and smashed up both itself and my phone, which has meant I’ve not been so able to get outside for seminars. For most forms being inside just means a lot of stopping and repositioning, but for White Crane Sword I also had to shorten my tassel length to avoid hitting everything in the room. Finally for this session I made it back out into the quad and discovered just how different some of the movements are with the longer tassel. The timing and direction has to be very precise on some movements, and I especially struggled with Shadow of the Moon Shines through the Curtain. It is also very revealing just how much I have changed the way I move the tassel over the last year, because although I remember being able to do that movement with the long tassel previously, actually I was using a lot of strength to whip the tassel around where I wanted it to go. This last year I have worked more on giving the tassel just the right amount of strength at the start of a movement for it to naturally flow through and finish, and on this movement in particular I just could not get the tassel to flow and change. More practice!

The other complication with being outside was a warning from my Sifu that, ever since the so called ‘martial artist’ with the samurai sword went crazy in London and hurt people, we must all be extra careful training weapons in public. Although my sword is a collapsible, from a distance someone might not know this and just see the light reflecting on the metal, and since people are a little more scared that could result in them calling the police. Sifu suggested I swap my collapsible for a wooden sword if going outside and I have ordered one straight away.

It was great to see the new part again in detail, for years now I have been doing it as left and right steps changing direction like the part near Woodcutter Asks the Road, so seeing it as three steps to the left instead has been a valuable correction.
Thanks Sigong for getting me out in the sun on a lovely morning!

Student Comments

Borrowing from what Sigong said today, ‘Some forms you can pretend to be good, not this one, you have to really practice’. So true- thanks, Sigong! Kay

Much clearer on the new part from the last seminar – especially the footwork was making me confused – great to have it explained.
The new section is a nice example of familiar movements in a new guise.
Thank you Sigong.
Paul Hogg

Great to see that last part again in detail, for years now I have been doing it as left and right steps changing direction like the part near Woodcutter Asks the Road. Thanks Sigong for getting me out in the sun on a lovely morning!
Lee

White Crane Sword 23 was a morning of realisations for me. Mine was timing, and the change from one movement to the next, and with help of Sigong and the group teachers I was able to iron out what my body was not doing to help the form to flow, thank you Sigong and group leaders for helping me to flow and help me with my coordination. earl

Good seminar this morning, nice and warm, no cold hands like in the past few months! Learning a lot from everyone questions, figuring out why the tassel does not work or the timing of a movement. This form is so intricate, we need more than one brain to do it right! Thank you Sigong for your patience. Christine