The cane might have a straight rather than curved or hooked end with a round ball shaped (pommel) end or some sort of straight or carved handle at the end. There are eight movements in the Beifang Qi Qigong form: 1. Tahn bong sul (short stick techniques) are helpful in developing concentration and physical awareness of techniques, both in empty-hand and weapon training.
The cane might be very simple, natural and plain; or be carved, painted or decorated. "Leboucher's 1843 text on how to learn cane fighting in 25 lessons is a window into the evolution of La Canne. The tahn bong is versatile for quick blocks, strikes, traps, disarms, and counterattack movements.
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".
This webpage, started in 2014, will focus entirely on cane or walking stick arts, practices, history, and forms. The quarter-staff was two meters long, requiring management with both hands; as with the Portuguese Jogo do Pau, it doubled as a sport and as a combat system.Tai Chi Chuan 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. However, the different techniques used for the diverse lengths of staff are very similar both throughout Asian countries, largely inspired by the Indian style, and in the majority of the Occidental countries, such as England and France.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. The types of gun normally used nowadays for exercises and competitions are the bailangan (白栏杆) and the nangun ( "Speak and you get Nanten's staff, Do not speak and you still get Nanten's staff." - Zen Koan Take a look at the Zen painting of Nanten's staff by Nakahara Nantembo (1839-1925) Zen Masters would pound their ceremonial staff on the ground when making a point during a lecture or discussion.Thus, even a fast and vigorous cane form from any style can be done more in the "Taiji" fashion outlined and shown above. Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang (Northern Energy Taiji Cane): List of Movements, Directions and Notes by Michael P. For more Zen Koans using the staff as a teaching prop see below.Taijiquan single-edged boradsword/saber forms are readily adapted for use with a cane, and some are fast and vigorous. Cane In Chinese: 杖 Zhng: a cane, staff, rod, or walking stick. The great difference between the Occidental and the Asian styles lies in the mentality with that they practice their techniques." - Jogo do Pau. "Well I carry my martial cane every day on my walk.
For example, the Chen Taijiquan 23 Broadsword Form is a good moderately paced cane exercise routine. The Tai Chi implements that I prefer are wooden -- not because (they claim) Chi flows better through it, but because I like the feel and weight of it and the fact that it can go almost anywhere.Normally, Taijiquan double-edged sword forms are not very well adapted as cane forms. Developed by Grandmaster Mark Shuey, Sr., founder of Cane Masters. This video contains information on the required Cane Masters Kata, cane care techniques, advanced techniques, and an interview with Grand Master Mark Shuey. Also its less dangerous to practice partners than edges or metal. This concept involves taking advantage of an opponent's movement and thus might be perceived as a defensive approach to countering offensive action.Karate, Jodo, Kung Fu, Shaolin, Bagua, Wudang, and Hsing I cane or stick forms are often fast, vigorous, powerful, twisting, agile, and with some very low stances. Along with the curriculum on the other five instructional videos, you will now have everything you need to learn in order to pass your Black Belt test, or to increase your knowledge of the cane." VSCL. Not only is the weapon behavior a manifestation of the skill and coordination of muscular energy against physics, as you point out, but it does a couple of other things: it helps explore an extended range of space, and provides feedback, if you pay attention, to help correct body mechanics and refine positioning." - Bob Gotsch "The major trend in thought on boxing reflected in the Epitaph [Epitaph for Wang Zhengnan (1669), composed by Huang Zongxi] is emphasis on the concept of "stillness" overcoming "movement" or the mental in relation to physical aspects of boxing. Yu Dayou advocated it in his manual on staff fighting (1565), and its basis can be traced to Sun Zi's Art of War (c. This more disciplined "military" approach was at variance with some of the more "individualistic" and "flowery" movements which characterized many popular styles, which were conveniently described as "Shaolin boxing" in the Epitaph." - Stanley Henning, Ignorance, Legend and Taijiquan "The Chinese word gun (棍 pinyin gn) refers to a long Chinese staff weapon.Each day I use an 'Instructor's Walking Cane,' 40" (103 cm) long and 1" (2.54 cm) in diameter, purchased from Cane Masters. This beautiful martial arts combat cane is made of pure hickory heartwood, has multiple notches at three key gripping points, has a ample rounded hooked horn, and has a rubber covered tip inserted over the tip end. It is also a highly practical manual on how to defend yourself with a cane, and whether or not these 25 lessons turn you into a human threshing machine capable of delivering "150 cuts per minute! It can be easily concealed, as in being hidden in a jacket or behind ones back.This cane is perfect for using on my long walks and for my Taiji cane practices. " as Leboucher claims, it will certainly spark a few ideas. Tahn bong techniques and training methodologies have guidelines which are designed to direct the practitioner in order to help insure the applications are both practical and precise.In 2018, I will be practicing the Eight Immortals Tai Chi Cane Form, Part I, as taught by Master Jesse Tsao. American Cane System: Ranking Series, Black Belt, Level 4. How many techniques and variations to each technique is only limited by the knowledge and imagination of the individual." - Korean Tahn Bong, By Grand Master James S. The techniques for jo, or short stick, are almost all suitable for the walking-stick.