Traditional Yang Sword form

This is the traditional sword form of the Yang family. It was first documented by Chen Weiming in 1928 in his book "Yang style Taiji Sword". As I understand it the book was written directly on suggestion of Chen Weiming's teacher Yang Chen Fu. The book is available in english translation by Paul Brennan here: http://brennantranslation.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/yang-style-taiji-sword/.

As I don't practice this form myself my approach was to first search youtube for the name of Chen Weiming, which resulted in very few hits (including [Charlie]). Then I continued to search for videos of Yang Chen Fu and direct students of him, which led me to [FZW 1] and [Tung].

Video clips used for comparison

[Charlie]
The form is performed by Charlie Wong. According to his statements in among the commens on it's youtube page, Charlie learnt the form directly from Chen Weiming's book. It is performed slow with breaks between each technique, and with names displayed for each technique. As I personally do not practice this form it was of great use when finding out the start and stop of each technique. Watch on Youtube
[FZW 1]
The form is performed by Fu Zhong Wen. Unfortunately a part is missing at the end of the form. Watch on Youtube
[FZW 2]
Same as [FZW 1]. Unfortunately in lower resolution but complete all the way to the end of the form. Watch on Youtube
[Tung]
The form is performed by Tung Kai Ying. Watch on Youtube

Comparison table

No Name [Charlie] [FZW 1] [FZW 2] [Tung]
0

Taiji sword beginning posture

太極劍起勢

1

Three loops around the moon

三環套月

2

Large kuixing posture

大魁星

3

Swallow takes up water

燕子抄水

4

Right blocking sweep

左右攔掃

5

Left blocking sweeps (Right+Left x1 or x2)

左右攔掃

6

Small kuixing posture

小魁星

7

Swallow enters its nest

燕子入巢

8

Quick cat catches the mouse

靈猫捕鼠

9

Dragonfly skims the water

蜻蜓點水

10

Wasp enters the hive

黃蜂入洞

11

Phoenix unfurls its wings

鳳凰雙展翅

12

Left whirlwind

左旋風

13

Small kuixing posture

小魁星

14

Right whirlwind

右旋風

15

Waiting for a fish

等魚式

16

Spread the grass to find the snake (x3 or x5 times)

撥草尋蛇

17

Embrace the moon

懷中抱月

18

Bird goes into the forest to roost

宿鳥投林

19

Black dragon swings its tail

烏龍擺尾

20

Wind rolls up the lotus leaves

風捲荷葉

21

Lion shakes its head (x4 or x6 times)

獅子搖頭

22

Tiger hides its head

虎抱頭

23

Wild horse jumps the stream

野馬跳澗

24

Turn around, rein in the horse

翻身勒馬

25

Step forward, point like a compass needle

上步指南針

26

Brushing off dust against the wind (x3 or x5 times)

迎風拂塵

27

Going with the current to push the boat

順水推舟

28

Meteor chases the moon

流星趕月

29

Spirit horse flies through the sky

天馬行空

30

Raising the curtain

挑簾式

31

Left & right wheeling sword

左右車輪劍

32

Rukh unfurls a wing

大鵬單展翅

33

Trying to scoop the moon’s reflection from the water

海底撈月

34

Embrace the moon

懷中抱月

35

Night demon searches the sea

夜叉探海

36

Rhino gazes at the moon

犀牛望月

37

Shoot the goose

射燕式

38

White ape offers fruit

白猿獻果

39

Phoenix unfurls its wings

鳳凰雙展翅

40

Left & right striding blocks

左右跨攔

41

Shoot the goose

射雁式

42

White ape offers fruit

白猿獻果

43

Left & right falling petals

左右落花

44

Maiden works the shuttle

玉女穿梭

45

White tiger twitches its tail

白虎搖尾

46

Tiger hides its head

虎抱頭

47

Carp leaps the dragon gate

鯉魚跳龍門

48

Black dragon coils around the pillar

烏龍絞柱

49

Immortal points the way

仙人指路

50

Wind sweeps the plum flowers

風掃梅花

51

Tiger hides its head

虎抱頭

52

Compass needle

指南針

53

Embrace the sword and return to the original position

抱劍歸原

0

Form finished
(Not part of the technique list)

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