Next week, I'm releasing a Hsing-I Straight Sword form on DVD. One of the qualities that has distinguished my students from others is their understanding of fighting applications--both for empty-hand forms and techniques and weapons forms.
This DVD will include a strong Hsing-I straight sword form, plus nearly an hour of coaching on the fighting techniques from the form, various blocking and striking techniques with the straight sword, one-steps, and other instruction.
Just as in empty-hand forms, every movement in this straight sword form is either a block or a strike. Every movement, no matter how small, has a fighting application, even when it appears to be just a "transition." There really are no transitions in these arts, you know. Even transitions have fighting applications.
In the two photos here, taken from the Hsing-I form, the first one is from a movement where you step forward, raising the tip of the sword up before striking (in the 2nd photo). The raising of the sword tip represents a deflecting block of an incoming thrust. It isn't just a windup for the strike.
My students and I are known for our sword work. We've all won many tournament competitions using the straight sword and broadsword. I'm excited to finally have the time to put this great form and the instruction on DVD.
All the video is also available on the new website for members. I'll be making a public announcement of this site around July 1.