When students have learned the Tai Chi Hand Form and basic Pushing Hands exercises, they may advance to learning the Weapon Forms. These forms are more dynamic, involving longer stances, lower crouching and faster movement, which can provide a different form of workout than the slower-performed Hand Form movements.
Nonetheless, the same principles learned in the Hand Form apply to the weapons forms, such as relaxation, correct alignment, softness, whole body movement and natural breathing. If errors are found in the performance of the weapons forms, these can often be traced back to errors within the performance and understanding of the Hand Form.
Martial applications exist for the individual movements of the forms and are performed in paired groups.
The photo album below shows students from the forms class performing the sabre form: