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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. Liang; Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang by James Bouchard; etc. The various stick fighting styles and the combative matrix that they are part of (generally in the rural areas) each have a characteristic tone.There are also many examples of more vigorous "Taiji" cane forms, with hard strikes, leaps, fast moves, spins, and low moves. Cane and Walking Stick Martial Arts and Exercises The Cane as a Weapon. This seems to be the result of deep cultural trends that define the degree to which agonistic aggression is related to a fundamentally ludic or "sporting" approach.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. Best wishes for Good Fortune, Vibrant Health, Peace, and Prosperity in 2018. Garofalo Valley Spirit Taijiquan Green Way Research, Vancouver, Washington A Note to Readers: The Cloud Hands Website has been online continuously since 2001. American Cane System: Ranking Series, Orange Belt, Level 2. The handle allows use of many of the techniques developed for the tonfa, especially when the tonfa is held reversed. But unlike the above weapons, the walking-stick can be carried anywhere in a non-aggressive manner and is thus a suitable self-defence weapon, especially for walkers." - The First Walking Stick Kata.
The cane might also be made out of plastic, aluminum, steel, or rattan. It will be of special interest to those who practice the Eight Section Brocade Qigong form. Throughout Asia it is often one of the training tools and/or weapons of fighting arts in many countries; Japan, Okinawa, Philippines, China, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Korea, and many more.
Many Qigong (Chi Kung) forms can also we done while holding a cane. "Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang means 'Northern Energy Taiji Cane.' This exciting original form was created to introduce the cane to Taiji practitioners, and to introduce Taiji principles to martial artists interested in the cane. "The literal English translation of tahn bong sul is "short staff techniques".
Adaptations for stretching and exercises using a cane or short stick are quite easily arranged. Beifang Qi includes sets of "Qigong" or "energy exercises", multiple views of the form and a complete section on basic applications. This may seem confusing at first because we tend to associate a "staff" as something which is quite long.
I prepared fairly comprehensive and popular webpage on fitness exercises and self-defense practices using long staff weapons in 2003. A similar weapon in Japan is the jo, a wooden staff about four feet long." Cane Fighting: The Authoritative Guide to Using the Cane or Walking Stick for Self-Defense. This new fighting technique varied not only by country, but also by the length of the stick or staff most commonly employed.
I prepared a webpage on short staff weapons in 2007. Few stick fighting methods were developed for staves over two meters in length.