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I began to revise and update this webpage in March of 2014.I had already prepared fairly comprehensive and popular webpages on fitness exercises and self-defense practices using short staff weapons and long staff weapons.
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.
The cane will typically extend from the floor to the height of your hip socket and maybe up to your belly button.
Normally, Taijiquan sword forms are not very well adapted as cane forms, but I practice the Standard 32 Sword Form with my cane as do many others.
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.
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.This webpage will focus entirely on Taijiquan cane or walking stick arts, practices, history, and forms.Taiji cane forms are typically performed slowly and deliberately.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.