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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.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.
The cane might be very simple, natural and plain; or be carved, painted or decorated.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 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.