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Sabrage in Los Alamos with Tai Chi

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Published on Nov 8, 2007

My friend Steve using his inner chi to perform sabrage on a champagne bottle Tai Chi style.

Steve uses Kung-Fu to open the champagne bottle. Sabrage is the ceremonial opening of a champagne bottle with a saber. The Sabrage master uses a sabre which is slid along the body of the bottle toward the neck. During sabrage, the force of the blade hitting the lip separates the annulus from the neck of the champagne bottle. The cork and collar remain together after separating from the neck. Sabrage in Los Alamos is a very recent tradition, but is growing thanks in part to the efforts of sabrage master, Mark Saltus who is credited with bringing the art of sabrage to the downtown Los Alamos area. As there are no schools for sabrage training, sabrage is an art passed down from one sabrage master to willing sabrage students. As sabrage involves sabres and high-pressure champagne, please do not attempt sabrage without proper preparation and an experienced sabrage master present.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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