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Many Qigong (Chi Kung) forms can also we done while holding a cane. Most often, however, Qigong forms are adapted or created for use with a short 6"-12" wooden stick called a Tai Chi Ruler or Bang.I consider a cane or walking stick to be, normally, a straight strong wooden stick with a curved (hook) handle that is from 30" (76 cm) to 42" (107 cm) long.
Karate, kung fu, Shaolin, Bagua and Hsing I cane or stick forms are often fast, vigorous, powerful, twisting, agile, and with some very low stances.For this reason, when you do find a good and useful webpage, be sure to save the webpage to a folder on your hard drive or server. More emphasis on using a thicker and longer walking stick, like a Japanese Jo, rather than an inconspicuous cane. Cane Masters Instructional Video Series, Volume 5, Winning Katas with Techniques. shares his advanced techniques and winning katas with you in this 51 minute tape. "In this presentation by Ted Mancuso, he utilizes a traditional Shaolin cane set taught to him by one of his teachers, Lam Kwong Wing, to explore the very nature of weapons work. In-depth stepwise breakdowns of each section of this fast and mobile form.I am inconsistent about italicizing non-English words in this webpage. These are the same katas he used to win 50 first places, 6 Grand Championships, and the World and National Titles in 19! My Bagua teacher, Shifu Kent Howard, learned this bagua staff form. "Classical Baguazhang, Volume XVII, Bagua Seven Stars Staff." By Joseph Crandall. "This is an introduction to the English public of the Bagua Seven Stars Staff. Introductory remarks bring new points to light about the usefulness of weapons work especially, with simple, easily available instruments. Mancuso discusses and demonstrates: Basic strikes and their applicability to all weapons. Examples of applications, including running commentary explaining more than just the movements but the reasoning behind cane defenses.In 2008, over 1,900,000 webpages (excluding graphics) were served to readers around the world from the Cloud Hands website.The short staff weapons webpage was served to over 19,500 readers in 2010.I will lso continue to do research on the Taiji cane and walking stick, and make improvements to this Taiji Cane hypertext notebook.
I welcome suggestions, comments and information from readers about good resources, links, books, pamphlets, videos, DVDs, VCDs, schools, workshops, events, techniques, forms, etc.. Many "Thanks" to Master Thomas (Toma) Rosenzweig in Los Angeles for the information he sent to me on the short staff. A Note to Readers: The Cloud Hands Website has been online continuously since 2001.
Hard and powerful strikes are seldom used in T'ai Chi Ch'uan walking stick forms. Taiji cane forms are particularly suitable for fit persons over 50 years of age. There are also many examples of more vigorous "Taiji" cane forms, with hard strikes, leaps, fast moves, spins, and low moves.
The pace of the Taijiquan cane forms are seldom fast and vigorous. Good examples of a Taiji Cane Form are: the Standard Beijing 24 Form with Cane created by Master Wen-Ching Wu; the Eight Immortals Cane Form, Part I, created by Master Jesse Tsao; the Plum Blossom Taiji Cane Form; the Tai Chi Stick 18 Form; the Bodhi Dharma Walking Stick Form; Master Michael Gilman's Three Powers Cane Form; the Wu Tang Cane Form of Master T. Taijiquan saber or broadsword forms are readily adapted for use with a cane, and some are fast and vigorous.
Of course, when first learning any new cane form, begin with a slower, more deliberate, less vigorous practice to help the body adapt to the moves of the new form.
Thus, even a fast and vigorous cane form from any style can be done more in the "Taiji" fashion outlined and shown above.
I am 6'6" (198 cm) tall, and a 40" cane (103 cm) is perfect for using on my long walks and for my Taiji cane practices.