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Taijiquan Cane, Tai Chi Walking Stick, Taiji Zhang: Guides ... Taijiquan Cane Cane, Walking Stick, Zhang, Guai Gun, Tune, Jo, Four Foot Staff, Short Hiking Staff T'ai Chi Ch'uan Cane Weapon Practices, Taiji Walking Stick
Guides, Resources, Links, Bibliography, Media, Lessons, Practices, Videos Taijiquan Cane Tai Chi Walking Stick Taiji Zhang Guides Resources Links Bibliography Media Lessons Practices Videos Valley Spirit Taijiquan Introduction I began to revise and update this webpage in March of 2014 Ma Style Exercise Series Ma Style Taiji Exercise I had already prepared fairly comprehensive and popular webpages on fitness exercises and selfdefense practices using short staff weapons and long staff weapons Both webpages included an extensive bibliography webpage links UTube links quotations lore information history sources for weapons notes and lists of Forms katas shi for staff weapons practice The short staff weapons webpage called the Way of the Short Staff included information on Taiji cane practices 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 Tai Chi Chuan walking stick forms The pace of the Taijiquan cane forms are seldom fast and vigorous There are few if any vigorous leaps and jumps Taiji forms seldom use very low stances Taiji cane forms are particularly suitable for fit persons over 50 years of age Good examples of a Taiji Cane Form are the Standard Beijing 24 Form with Cane created by Master WenChing 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 Gilmans Three Powers Cane Form the Wu Tang Cane Form of Master T T Liang the Standard 32 Sword Form etc There are also many examples of more vigorous Taiji cane forms with hard strikes leaps fast moves spins and low moves Taijiquan saber or broadsword forms are readily adapted for use with a cane and some are fast and vigorous 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 HsingI 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 Many Qigong Chi Kung forms can also we done while holding a cane Adaptations are quite easily arranged Most often however Qigong forms are adapted or created for use with a short 612 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 The cane might also be made out of plastic aluminum steel or rattan 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 The cane might be very simple natural and plain or be carved painted or decorated Each day I use an Instructors Walking Cane 40 103 cm long and 1 2 54 cm in diameter purchased from Cane Masters This cane weights 1lb 2 oz 510 gm 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 I also own the same Instructors Walking Cane made of oak a gift from my children I am 66 198 cm tall and a 40 cane 103 cm is perfect for using on my long walks and for my Taiji cane practices The only weapon I practice with on a daily basis is a wooden cane and the only weapon I teach now in my Taijiquan classes is the cane Also whenever I take a walk anywhere I bring my cane along for support exercising the arms and for selfdefense In 2014 I will be learning by studying practicing and documenting four different aspect of the cane First I will be learning and practicing the Chen Style Taijiquan Dan Dao Broadsword 23 Movement Form with my cane Second with my cane I will continue practicing the Eight Immortals Tai Chi Cane Form Part I based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan as taught by Master Jesse Tsao and the 32 Standard Sword Form Third I will continue practicing the basic cane exercises and drills found in the instructional DVDs The Exercise System of the Cane The Basic Foundations of the Cane and the Intermediate Techniques and Drills for the Cane as taught by Master Mark Shuey Sr from Cane Masters Fourth I will continue to do research on the Taiji cane and walking stick and continue to improve this Taiji Walking Stick webpage I welcome suggestions comments and information from readers about good resources links books pamphlets videos DVDs VCDs schools workshops events techniques forms etc Please send your email to Mike Garofalo Many Thanks to Master Thomas Toma Rosenzweig in Los Angeles for the information he sent to me on the short staff Thanks also to Jose Marrero and Jeff Raymer Best wishes for Good Fortune Vibrant Health Peace and Prosperity in 2015 Michael P Garofalo M S Valley Spirit TaijiquanGreen Way Research Red Bluff California January 2015 杖 Taijiquan Cane Zh�ng 杖 Cane or Gān or Gun 杆Staff Biān 鞭 Gān 杆 Whip Staff Short Wooden Staff Duanbang 短棒 Chang 杖 Bang 棒 Cane Tai Chi Walking Stick Zhang Guai Gun Tune Jo Four Foot Staff Short Hiking Staff Bibliography Links Resources Forms Guides Lessons Media A Note to Readers The Cloud Hands Website has been online continuously since 2001 In 2008 over 1900000 webpages excluding graphics were served to readers around the world from the Cloud Hands website The short staff weapons webpage was served to over 19500 readers in 2010 Since 2005 I have also maintained the Cloud Hands Blog to point to changes and additions at the Cloud Hands Website Since the Cloud Hands Website is a very wellestablished and stable website it provides readers with a good and secure starting point for their online research into Taijiquan and Qigong The Cloud Hands website is funded entirely by Green Way Research with volunteer efforts by Michael P Garofalo Unfortunately as everyone knows many other websites and webpages appear and then disappear from the Internet scene Authors do not pay to keep up their web hosting services loose a free hosting option change filenames or decide to remove webpages for various reasons Consequently links to some good webpages become invalid and the files are no longer found on the Internet You may find a some of these dead links to nonexistent webpages cited below and there is no way to avoid this troublesome situation 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 I am inconsistent about italicizing nonEnglish words in this webpage Too much italicizing makes for more difficult reading for me I welcome and encourage your suggestions for how to improve this webpage Your comments ideas contributions and constructive criticism are encouraged Send your suggestions to my email box Disclaimer Warning Practicing with Staff Weapons Can Be a Dangerous Activity for Adults Basic Foundation of the Cane By Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr Founder of Cane Masters Instructional DVD As the �backbone� of our self defense techniques this video shows all the blocks strikes punches twirls swings etc in the Cane Masters system demonstrated both right and left handed If you are serious about learning how to use the cane this video is a must Cane Masters Instructional Video Series Volume 2 Blocks Strikes Swings Jabs and More Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang Instructional DVD 54 Minutes 2006 Tai Chi Cane Kata Developed by James Bouchard 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 Beifang Qi includes sets of Qigong or energy exercises multiple views of the form and a complete section on basic applications Each movement is named for easy reference and the DVD version includes interactive menus Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang is appropriate for novices yet experienced martial artists will find new levels of understanding Endorsed by Cane Masters International Video Clip VSCL Notes This DVD also includes a warm up Qigong routine that is useful for everyone It will be of special interest to those who practice the Eight Section Brocade Qigong form There are eight movements in the Beifang Qi Qigong form 1 Lifting the Sky 2 Press Earth and Sky 3 Drawing the Bow 4 Look Over Shoulder 5 Touch the Earth 6 Bear Swims with Cane 7 Willow Tree Stretch and 8 Wave Away Demons Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang Northern Energy Taiji Cane List of Movements Directions and Notes by Michael P Garofalo Cane and Walking Stick Books Cane and Short Staff Links By Mike Garofalo Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California Cane Fighting The Authoritative Guide to Using the Cane or Walking Stick for SelfDefense By Sammy Franco Contemporary Fighting Arts 2016 242 pages ISBN 9781941845301 More emphasis on using a thicker and longer walking stick like a Japanese Jo rather than an inconspicuous cane Cane Research Project at Valley Spirit Taijiquan Cane Wikipedia Cane Zhang Gun of Taijiquan Chen Pan Ling Thunder Stick Walking Stick Form Developed by Grandmaster Chen Pan Ling in the 1960s in Taiwan Thunder Stick Form developed by Chen PanLing and as taught by Chen YunChing Chen ShenPus Taijiquan Short Staff 74 Form Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 1950 The title on the DVD is Traditional Chen Family Tai Chi Short Staff This 74 movement form was created by Grand Master Chen ShenPu 19022000 Part 1 Movements 134 color 120 minutes Part 2 Movements 3574 color 121 minutes Available in DVD or VHS format for about 45 00 US each Vendors WLE Wayfarer Jiang Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 c 2000 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos This is an elegant dynamic form with many techniques Good physical skills are recommended to learn this 74 movement form Includes a short clip of the creator at age 94 Following warmup exercises movements are repeated 34 times depending on the difficulty There are front and back views at slow and regular speeds There are also reviews of segments front and back 1 Master Chen ShenPu used his extensive training in external and internal forms such as Tai Chi Xing Yi Bagua Zhang and Wushu to create this short staff form A lesser known form it is still a key ingredient to the Chen stylists repertoire 2 This form is for the 13 hands short staff Discussion Chen Tai Chi Short Staff List of Movements of 74 posture short staff form created by Master Chen ShengPu prepared by Gary McClellan Chen ShenPus Taijiquan Short Staff 74 Movements Form List of Movements and References prepared by Michael P Garofalo I have not found any references in any standard Chen Family Taijiquan sources that state that Chen ShenPus Taijiquan Short Staff 74 Movements Form or other short staff or cane forms are part of the Chen Family Taijiquan repertoire as are pole and spear forms VSCL Chen ShenPus Taijiquan Short Staff 74 Movements Form List of Movements and References prepared by Michael P Garofalo Chen Style of Taijiquan Chen Tai Chi Broadsword and Do Staff Instruction by Master Qing Zhou Chen Chen Tai Chi 48 Movement Short Staff Demonstration by Huang KangHui UTube video 229 min Chen Tai Chi Short Whip Staff Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye Three 120 minute VHS videotapes in this series A 147 movement form in the Chen style created by Hong Junsheng an indoor student of Chen Fake Cross Whip Staff and Field Whip Staff are taught Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Chen Taiji Short Staff 48 Movement Form Utube video 229 minutes Chen Zhaobao Taijiqun UTube video 320 minutes Chinese Wand Exercises Cloud Hands Blog Taijiquan and Qigong Cloud Hands Index Cloud Hands Website Dao Saber Broadsword and Taijiquan Bibliography links resources quotes notes Davis Charles C Davis Group Canes instructional DVDs selfdefense and related products Druid Wizard Staves and Wands The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice By Wong Kiew Kit Shaftesbury Dorset Element 1996 Index bibliography 316 pages ISBN 1852307927 The reasons for Wu Tang Tai Chi Chuan favoring the sword over the staff and for its limited use of weapons are discussed in the chapter on Tai Chi weapons pp 278285 Cultivating Jin with Tai Chi Spear By Gerald A Sharp Tai Chi Volume 27 No 2 April 2003 pp 4047 Includes many photographs Eight Dragons Baguazhang Cane Forms By Michael P Garofalo Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California Eight Immortals Staff Baxian Gun A 61 posture staff form from Wudang Mountains It was created by imitating the features of the Taoist Eight Immortals 1 He Xiangu with lotus flowers 2 Li Tieguai with pilgrims gourd and iron crutch 3 Cao GouJiu with castanets 4 Le Dongbin with flywisk and sword 5 Han Xiangzi with a flute 6 Zhuangli Quan with fan and peach of immortality 7 Lan Caihe with basket of flowers 8 Zhang Guolao with drum Baixian Gun is part of the Wudang Eight Immortal School which is only handed down secretly to some favored disciples We Passed Level 1 Requirements for the Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Form We practiced together twice a week for the past four months and many studiedand practiced this Taijquan Cane Form more hours every week Read about the awarding of Level 1 certificates Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Routine One Based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan As taught by Master Jesse Tsao This series of documents was prepared by Michael Garofalo M S for students studying the Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane at the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Center in Red Bluff California Eight Section Brocade Qigong By Michael P Garofalo 280Kb History and purpose of this popular chi kung practice Descriptions for each of the eight movements health benefits comments variations extensive links and bibliography resources quotations animated gif photographs of the movements and charts HTML format 65 pages in Word doc format This file is updated on a regular basis as I add new material links notes and resources Essential Jo Comprehensive Techniques and 2person drills for the Japanese 4foot staff By Dan Djurdjevic Pikkelgig 2015 156 pages ISBN 97809925111333 Google Tai Chi Cane Tajiquan Cane Green Way Research Red Bluff California Hsing I Xing Yi Chaun Five Elements Staff Instructional DVD In this instructional video Xingyi master Di Guoyong explains and demonstates the techniques and form of Xingyi Fiveelement Staff Interlinked Staff is a traditional and routine with smooth and consistently strong movements Strikes are fierce and vigorous reflecting the characteristics and style of Xingyi Quan It is a form well known throughout China Movements of the Fiveelement Staff are concise and easy to learn and practice Its skills are clear methods are explicit strength is great and ability of skillful attack is strong Fiveelement staff does not have flashy forms or techniques but like Fiveelement Boxing pays great attention to the whole strength body strength and work strength Fiveelement Staff techniques are also named after the names of chop drill snap cannon crosscut in Fiveelement boxing Vendors One Two Three Index to the Cloud Hands Website A detailed alphabetically arranged subject index to webpages and documents offered at the Cloud Hands Website JianSword Taijiquan Bibliography Links Resources Quotes Notes Jin Yimings Walking Stick Exercises By Jin Yiming Tai Chi The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan Vol 29 No 1 February 2005 pp 3947 A 22 form exercise system Descriptions of each exercise and line drawings Magical Staffs in Taoist Rituals By Chen Yaoting Martial Arts Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff By Michael P Garofalo The Old Yang Style Tai Chi Staff Two Person Fighting Form List of movements for both partners Purchasing a Short Staff Gun Jo or Zhang Cane Ripening Peaches Daoist Studies and Practices Taoist scriptures bibliography Quanzhen Daoism Neidan gardening tea history qigongdaoyin readings etc Shaolin Cane Bodhidharmas Cane Damos Cane Shifu Zhangs Mysterious Taiji Cane The Staff Bibliography Links Quotes Notes Lessons Sun Style Taijiquan Sword Jian Taijiquan Bibliography Links Resources Quotes Notes 180Kb Tai Chi Cane Index Tai Chi Cane Zhang Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Routine One Based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan Tai Chi Cane Zhang Gun Tai Chi Chuan Walking Stick Kung Fu magazine August 1996 The walking stick forms are part of the Tchoung style of taichi chuan developed by Grandmaster Tchoung Tatchen Sifu Kurland teaches this form Tai Chi Partner Cane From San Tsai Tuan Kun By Sifu Michael Gilman and Stephani Morel Port Townsend Washington Detailed instructions with b&w photographs online An instructional videotape is also available for Sifu Gilman and available online This is a useful short 11 movements per side partner form When the transition is added one ends up with a beautiful instructive partner or solo form These lessons are divided into sections The first is the Introduction and all the applications for the form The second and third sections break down each of the two sides and teach the movements The last section shows the form performed as a partner form Keep in mind that there is a companion VHS video tape available through the online store Tai Chi Partner Cane San Tsai Tuan Kun Three Powers Stick Short Stick practices There are videos on UTube for each lesson Lesson One 832 Lesson Two 915 Lesson Three 827 Lesson Four 911 Lesson Five 855 Lesson Six 924 Lesson Seven 604 Tai Chi Stick and Staff Instructional DVD by Mark Peters Taiji Sticking Staff This webpage discusses use of the long staff and includes descriptions and photographs of a two person routine Tai Chi Sword Jian Tai Chi Sword Saber and Staff By Stuart A Olson Yearning K Chen Series Volume 5 Bubbling Well Press 1986 ASIN 0938045032 Taiji and Shaolin Staff Fundamental Training Performed by Yang JwingMing PhD Boston YMAA 2003 Instructional VHS videotape 90 minutes ISBN 1594390088 Taiji Cane Zhang Gun Taiji Fa Jing Stick Yang Medium Stick Instruction by Earle Montague UTube video 512 minutes Taijiquan Cane Index Taijiquan Cane Zhang Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Routine One Based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan Taijiquan Walking Stick Form of Master Chen PanLing Taijiquan Walking Stick Form of Master T T Liang Taiji Weapons Cane Saber and Double Edged Sword Instructional video by Paul Gallagher 60 minutes The cane form was created by Master T T Liang 19002002 The weapon sets are the final stage of Tai chi solo training each weapon has its own particular function and spirit and develops the body and chi in a different way Starting with the cane a basic level weapon progressing to the saber and going on to the extremely subtle and sophisticated sword this video gives you complete and detailed instruction in each of these weapon sets Paul Gallagher Knowing T T Liang I would not be surprised if he drew from several sources to create his cane form In his expanded Yang system the cane was a stepping stone weapon that one used to begin training with weapons where one didnt need to pay close attention to edge angle using the blade flat etc that one must when using a blade There are certainly some jian movements in his cane form Dan Pasek Not historically there is no mention of stick forms in any of the Yang Family writings or those by their direct students of the first three generations of Yang Family teaching any weapons other than jian dao gun and chiang Later teachers in the Yang lineage created new forms such as the walking stick and the fan T T Liang created his own stick form and Wang Yennien created a fan form I believe Master Liang taught his Cane form to many students but personally the only weapon I studied with him is the jian So my knowledge of the Cane is quite limited My classmate and senior student of Liang Paul Gallagher produced a how to video that includes instruction on Liangs Tai Chi Cane form that you might find useful Scott Rodell Video 1 Taiji Stick Form UTube video 49 seconds Taiji Sticking Staff By Zhang Yun and Peter Kindfeld Taiji Staff By Chip Ellis Taiji Walking Stick UTube 111 Taiji Yangsheng Zhang Taiji Stick Qigong Chinese Health Qigong By the Chinese Health Qigong Association Singing Dragon 2014 96 pages 1 instructional DVD ISBN 9781848191945 Brief history warmup and cane handling ten movement form VSCL A set of exciting and unusual Taiji Stick qigong exercises is presented in this accessible introduction Embodying the concepts of taiji the movements emphasize the harmony of yin and yang man and nature Appropriate for all levels of experience and for all age groups this new set of easytolearn exercises distils the essence of traditional stick practice guides body movements and the movement of the stick and coordinates directed breathing and imagination The book provides stepbystep fullyillustrated instruction and includes an account of the origins of the movements and guidance for practice An accompanying DVD features a video demonstrating the form and additional information on its history and origins and a CD provides options for verbal instructions to lead the practitioner through the exercises or music to accompany them The book is an authoritative resource that will help students and practitioners of taiji qigong martial arts and Chinese medicine perfect and deepen their practice It is also an excellent practical introduction for anyone with an interest in the ancient health and martial practices of China The Chinese Health Qigong Association is dedicated to the popularization of and research into Health Qigong and is a group member of the AllChina Sports Federation Its aim is to promote and carry forward the Chinese traditional culture of health promotion and facilitate the communication between Western and Eastern Cultures The movements of the Taiji Yangsheng Zhang form are Initial Stance and Opening1 Boatman Rows with an Oar Shao Gong Yao Lu 2 Boat Rows Slowly Qing Zhou Huan Xing 3 Wind Kisses the Lotus Leaves Feng Bai He Ye 4 Boatman Tows a Boat Chuan Fu Bei Qian 5 Iron Stick Calms the Sea Shen Zhen Ding Hai 6 Golden Dragon Wags Its Tai Jin Long Jiao Wei 7 Search for Treasure in the Sea Tan Hai Xun Bao 8 Qi Returns to the Dantian Qi Gui Dan Tian Closing and Ending Stance The Taiji Stick Health Preservation exercises embodies the concept of harmony between yin and yang man and nature All the movements involved are soft and slow and easy to practice This is not a martial art per se and the stick is not wielded like a weapon In practicing with the Taiji Stick we should twist turn bend and stretch around the waist as a center and move our spine accordingly In practicing with the Taiji Stick we need to relax our waist and hips and keep the body upright and comfortable adjusting the movement of the waist in harmony with the use of the stick If we lift the stick we need to sink the waist and lower the qi down to the Dantian lower belly and if we lower the stick we need to straighten the waist and pull up the qi to the Baihui acupoint top of the head If we rotate the stick in a circle our waist becomes the anchor moving our body and arms All this illustrates the pivotal role of the waist p 6 Taoist Secret Style Xuan Wu Staff VCD Product In Chinese WuDang style staff demonstrated and taught by You XuanDe 2 hours Tchoung Tatchen Walking Stick Form Yang Taiji Tuan Kun Grandmaster Tchoung Tatchen 19112000 taught in China Taiwan Vancouver and Seattle There is a right hand version and left hand version of this solo stickcane form and a partner form developed by Tchoung Tatchens senior students The walking stick forms are part of the Tchoung style of taichi chuan a Yang style variant developed by Grandmaster Tchoung Tatchen Sifu Harvey Kurland and Sifu Andrew Dale master instructors teach this form Tchoung had a particular interest is studying the sword and stick forms He learned several sword styles from the top masters of the day The sword forms had names such as Green Duckweed Sword green bamboo sticks of the beggars style Kun Lun Kwin Lin sword Heaven and Earth sword as well as the tai chi sword double sword as well as Yang and Wu taichi knife sets He developed his own tai chi Tuan Kune or walking stick form which he taught to his students Harvey Kurland Kung Fu magazine August 1996 The cane should be performed like you are using a whip Quick in hand action and footwork This form is the creation of Grandmaster Tchoung Tatchen Based upon the pattern of the San Tsai Jian Three Powers Sword This form combines two other styles he studied from a Taoist martial arts teacher the Beggars Bamboo stick and the Green Duckweed stick Section One is the right hand side Section Two the left hand side and Section Three is actually the Bagua Cyclone Saber Form which adapts very easily to the cane applications Xin Qi Shen Dojo Yang Taiji Tuan Kun There is a list of movement names 37 movements Taiji Tuan Kun Section One from Xin Qi Shen Dojo The Xin Qi Shen Dojo Wuji com in Seattle now offers a Yang Taiji Weapons demonstration DVD which includes a demonstration of the solo cane form according to their Winter 2009 Newsletter There is a list of movement names Solo Cane Form 33 movements and the Partner Cane Form 15 movements from Gene Burnett Ashland OR Gene Burnett offers a demonstration DVD of the Taiji Weapons in this style of Taijiquan He demonstrates Tchoungs Cane Form both the Left Side and Right Hand and the Right Side and Left Hand sequences The demonstration includes multiple repetitions of each side of the solo cane form and a good demonstration of both sides of the partner form and skillful partner play with a lady partner VSCL There is a list of the movement names for Tchoungs Solo Walking Stick Form Section One Left Side Right Hand 35 movements including directions notes and a bibliography by Mike Garofalo Gene Burnett has been helpful to me in learning about this cane form TaiChi for Geniuses A Practice Companion for the Genius in Everyone By Gene Burnett Ashland Oregon Bloomington Indiana IUniverse Inc 2009 284 pages EBook 9781440111921 Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff Thunder Walking Stick Form as developed by Grandmaster Chen Pan Ling SEE ABOVE Chen Pan Ling Traditional Ba Gua Staff with Applications Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 120 minute VHS videotape A 19 movement form in the Ba Gua Zhang style created by Professor Jiang Zhou Chu Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Traditional Chen Family Tai Chi Short Staff Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 1950 This 74 movement form was created by Grand Master Chen ShenPu 19022000 Part 1 Movements 134 color 120 minutes Part 2 Movements 3574 color 121 minutes Available in DVD or VHS format for about 45 00 US each Vendors WLE Wayfarer Jiang Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 c 2000 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos This is an elegant dynamic form with many techniques Good physical skills are recommended to learn this 74 movement form Includes a short clip of the creator at age 94 Following warmup exercises movements are repeated 34 times depending on the difficulty There are front and back views at slow and regular speeds There are also reviews of segments front and back 1 Master Chen ShenPu used his extensive training in external and internal forms such as Tai Chi Xing Yi Bagua Zhang and Wushu to create this short staff form A lesser known form it is still a key ingredient to the Chen stylists repertoire 2 This form is for the 13 hands short staff Discussion Chen Tai Chi Short Staff List of Movements of 74 posture short staff form created by Master Chen ShengPu prepared by Gary McClellan Chen ShenPus Taijiquan Short Staff 74 Movements Form List of Movements and References prepared by Michael P Garofalo I have not found any references in any standard Chen Family Taijiquan sources that state that Chen ShenPus Taijiquan Short Staff 74 Movements Form or other short staff or cane forms are part of the Chen Family Taijiquan repertoire as are pole and spear forms Traditional Chen Family Tai Chi Short Form List of Movements and References prepared by Michael P Garofalo Traditional Tai Chi Eight Immortals Cane Routine One Demonstrated by Master Jesse Tsao Instructional DVD 64 minutes Produced by Tai Chi Healthways San Diego 2008 Routine One is based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan Master Tsao developed this cane form himself with grandmaster Zhu Tiancais support Traditional Tai Chi Eight Immortals Cane Routine Two Cannon Cane Demonstrated by Master Jesse Tsao Instructional DVD 65 minutes Produced by Tai Chi Healthways San Diego 2008 Routine Two Cannon Cane is based on the Chen Style of Taijiquan Master Tsao developed this cane form himself with grandmaster Zhu Tiancais support Traditional Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Routine One Based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan As taught by Master Jesse Tsao This series of documents was prepared by Michael Garofalo M S for students studying the Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane at the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Center in Red Bluff California Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Short Staff 104 Forms This short staff form was created in 1974 by Xu Minshan who was an indoor student of Yang Chengfu Xu Minshan created the form to combine Yang style Tai Chi Chuan postures with the traditional Yang style long staff form This long form suitable for persons at all skill levels is taught using two instructional VHS videotapes featuring Shifu Jiang Jianye 1950 Tape 1 Part 1 teaches movements 150 of this form VHS 112 minutes Tape 2 Part 2 teaches movements 51 104 of this form VHS 112 minutes Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 These videotapes were produced in 2002 and priced at 45 00 each Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Shifu Jiang Jianye began his studies of Wushu in 1955 in China and he was educated in China He is a physical education tai chi kung fu and calligraphy teacher This videotape begins with an introduction of Shifu Jiang includes a little history of this short staff form includes a number of short staff warm up exercises and then teaches the form Each movement is introduced named and then illustrated A front view of the movement is shown as the teacher provides verbal instructions and tips The front view is repeated and then a back view of the movement is shown I find the instructions clear and understandable and the videotape production is good Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Short Staff 68 Forms This long form suitable for persons at all skill levels is taught using two instructional VHS videotapes featuring Shifu Jiang Jianye 1950 Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Staff is a classic weapon routine This form comes from Grand Master Sun Jixian At the age of 18 he went to Bejing to study with Grand Master Wang Jiaoyu Wang Jiayou was an indoor student of Yang Banhou who was the son of Yang Luchan the founder of Yang family Tai Chi Chuan Traditional ZhaoBao Family Tai Chi Staff Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye Two 120 minute videotapes Includes applications Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Traditional ZingYi Staff with Applications Taught by Master Jiang Jianye This 50 posture staff form was created by Ji Long Feng at the end of the Ming Dynasty Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 This VHS videotape is 120 minutes and priced at 50 00 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Valley Spirit Center Red Bluff California VSCL = Valley Spirit Center Library Vendors Retailers and Manufacturers of Short Staffs Canes Walking Sticks VSCL = Valley Spirit Taijiquan Library Collection Red Bluff California Walking Stick and Cane Books Walking Stick Retailers and Manufacturers Walking Stick Wikipedia Wang ShuChins Tai Chi Walking Stick By Manfred Erich Rottmann Tai Chi International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan Vol 18 No 6 December 1994 pp 2629 Wang ShuChin 19041981 Mr Yoshikatsu Kohno told me on 2509 that this walking stick form had 24 movements was Xing Yi based and was done with a walking stick of about 1 meter in length Wind Sweeps Away the Plum Blossoms The Principles and Techniques of Yung Style Tai Chi Spear and Staff By Stuart A Olson Bubbling Springs Press 1986 ISBN 0938045008 Winding Dragon Wudang Staff Pan Long Men Wudang Martial Arts Featuring Sun Xiang Workshops Seminars Lectures Demonstrations on the Cane Walking Stick Jo Short Staff Wu Dang MindBody Arts Wudang Short Staff Featuring Master You Ming Sheng Wudang Song Xi Branch Series Tiger Tail Stick Wudang Stick Training Methods Earle Montague UTube video 425 minutes 武当山虎尾鞭杆Wudang Shan Hu Wei Bian Gun Wudang Tiger Tail Short StaffWu Dang 13 Hands Staff Whip Staff Wooden Walking Stick Form Wudang Tiger Tail Short Staff Demonstration by Master You Ming Sheng The Wudang Song Xi Style of Kung Fu offers this short stick form which is also called the Tiger Tail Stick This is a traditional internal routine Every form contains both defending & attacking applications This form has the fierceness of the broadsword the convenience of a staff and the agileness of sword Wudang Tiger Tail Short Staff An instructional VCD featuring Ben Tan A nice set with a short staff often called a whip Reverse hand and off angles whipping style attacks Well constructed with a number of hand changes Back and front hand motions combined Distinctive Tiger Tail motions as ground sweeps VCD 1 hour in Chinese only This form is from the WuTang NanZong SongXi Style or WuTang Souther Sect Pine and Stream Style Available from Plum Publications Also available from Wudang Tiger Tail Short Staff Wudang Kung Fu Series StickWielding Arts Products No VCD0424 1 VCD Instructional VCD Weapon is considered to be a hand extension This weapon routine is similar to its bare hand routine using softness to defeat firmness following the pattern to gain a beneficial vantage point Wooden sticks bamboo sticks or even umbrella can be used as a weapon for this routine The weapons are often used to attack opponents with its backward stroke moving in all directions from left to right making the opponent unable to fight back Once the opponents lose control for a single moment their defeat is irreversible Wudang Tiger Tail Short Staff Wu Dang ShortStick Skilled Fighting Form Also called Tigertail Whip is a mysterious routine set that kept hidden for a long time and in fact it is of category of Internal Kung Fu More than 40 forms consist of the whole set and each one is simple and be free from any extravagance The whole set looks seemingly putting more emphasis upon defense but actually every pose has the hidden nature of fierce assault In terms of defense and fighting all postures look more close and tight ready for awaiting any attack so it is more applicable than general forms VCD format Wudang Tiger Tail Short Staff Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye Traditional Wu Dang Mountain Wu Dang Tiger Tail Short Staff 48 Forms with Applications 114 minute instructional DVD or VHS videotape Produced in 2004 by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chiand Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos This 48form short staff routine from Wu Dang Mountain is an indoor form that is short but effective and is taught with applications It is taught stepbystep with multiple angles and repetitions There are reviews of segments and demonstrations at the end It is a useful indoor secret form The whole form is short and efficient All CDTKA instructional media include an introduction to the skills and qualifications of Shifu Jiang Jianye After presenting two or three postures the Shifu Jianye presents martial arts applications for each postures He also reviews at slow and regular speeds sequences of postures There are demonstrations of the entire form front view at regular speed and a demonstration of the entire form back view and a slow speed The instruction is in clear precise and detailed English Many repetitions at different speeds VSCL Wudang Tiger Tail Short Staff List of Movements and Notes Names of each of the 48 postures in this Wudang Mountain Taoist Short Staff Form The Short Staff is sometimes called a 13 Hands Staff or Whip Staff Prepared by Michael P Garofalo M S March 2009 Names are based on the teaching by Shifu Jiang Jianye in his instructional DVD Wu Dang Tiger Tail Short Staff The Wudang Mountains simplified Chinese 武当山 traditional Chinese 武當山 pinyin Wǔdāng Shān also known as Wu Tang Shan or simply Wudang are a small mountain range in the Hubei province of China just to the south of the manufacturing city of Shiyan In years past the mountains of Wudang were known for the many Taoist monasteries to be found there monasteries which became known as an academic centre for the research teaching and practice of meditation Chinese martial arts traditional Chinese medicine Taoist agriculture practises and related arts As early as the Eastern Han Dynasty 25220AD the mountain attracted the Emperors attention During the Tang Dynasty 618907 the first site of worship the Five Dragon Temple was constructed The Hall of Yuzhen is the cradle of Wudang kung fu In 1417 Ming Dynasty Emperor Zhudi 朱棣 decreed Wudang to be the Grand Mountain and ordered the construction of the Hall of Yuzhen for Master Zhang Sanfeng Wudang Mountain martial arts is known far more for its swordplay and Shaolin Temple for its staff work Wikipedia 武当山虎尾鞭杆 Cloud Hands Blog Wushu Shaolin Staff Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 This DVD or VHS videotape is 75 minutes Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos This is a long staff bo gun wushu form Yang Tai Chi Staff Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye This short staff form was created by Sun Jixian who was an indoor student of Yang Banjou This long form suitable for persons at all skill levels is taught using two instructional VHS videotapes featuring Shifu Jiang Jianye 1950 Tape 1 Part 1 teaches movements 134 of this form VHS 120 minutes Tape 2 Part 2 teaches movements 3568 of this form VHS 117 minutes Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 These videotapes were produced in 2002 and priced at 45 00 each Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan Includes numerous staff forms ZhaoBao He Family Tai Chi Staff Instructional DVD by Jiang Jianye Videos Online about the Taijiquan Short Staff Bagua Cane Ian Sinclair of Cloud Mountain Martial Arts Tai Chi Cane on UTube Tai Chi Stick Form UTube video 252 min WuDang Cane and SelfDefense The Chinese staff is called gun 棍 pinyin g�n Its practice is commonly divided into two main areas Northern staff techniques influenced by spear play and Southern staff techniques Many styles and techniques exist but the best known outside of China is the Shaolin Temple staff techniques as practiced by the monks in Chinese medieval times Tang dynasty 900s1000s and later by their disciples in premodern China 1600s1900s by antiManchuChing dynasty revolutionaries Han Chinese patriots prior to the widespread use of firearms The techniques made their usual dissemination throughout the rest of Asia to be blended in with other countries native fighting techniques There are many forms of staff used as a staff of office an item which symbolises a position rank or prestige In China there are two types of staves the wenren zhang the scholar staff（文人杖） which is a symbol of status and the shiyong zhang（實用杖） practical staff which has more practical uses Compasses telescopes weapons and even medicine could be put within the much thicker shiyong zhang to be taken out when necessary The zhang 杖）itself could often be used as a gun 棍 a fighting stick Wikipedia Staff Stick Return to the Index at the Top of This Webpage Cane Walking Stick BoJutsu BoCane Shillalah Stick Zh�ng Ji Pang E Hanbo杖 Zh�ng a cane staff rod or walking stick Guai Gun Hooked CaneDuanbang 短棒 Chang 杖 Bang 棒 Cane Canne Stock Bast�n Canna Тросточкаcanne de marche gehender stock bast�n que camina canna ambulante гуляя тросточка Advanced Techniques and Takedowns of the Cane Instructional DVD 45 minutes Developed by Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr founder of Cane Masters Cane Masters Instructional Video Series Volume 4 Featuring the devastating power of the crook the fourth ranking video shows a wide variety of takedowns and control techniques specifically designed for the cane as well as defensive techniques for use against a variety of weapons VSCL AllRound Fighting in Edwardian London Pierre Vigny By Graham Noble American Street Combat with Cane Bill Miller Asian Fighting Techniques Featuring Long Staff and Cane Demonstration and instruction by Christopher Keith and James Bouchard Instructional DVD 88 minutes color Shami Production 2006 ASIN B000KJU2DG Beginners Guide to Using a Cane Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang Instructional DVD 54 Minutes 2006 Tai Chi Cane Kata Developed by James Bouchard 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 Beifang Qi includes sets of Qigong or energy exercises multiple views of the form and a complete section on basic applications Each movement is named for easy reference and the DVD version includes interactive menus Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang is appropriate for novices yet experienced martial artists will find new levels of understanding Endorsed by Cane Masters International Video Clip VSCL Notes This DVD also includes a warm up Qigong routine that is useful for everyone It will be of special interest to those who practice the Eight Section Brocade Qigong form There are eight movements in the Beifang Qi Qigong form 1 Lifting the Sky 2 Press Earth and Sky 3 Drawing the Bow 4 Look Over Shoulder 5 Touch the Earth 6 Bear Swims with Cane 7 Willow Tree Stretch and 8 Wave Away Demons Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang Northern Energy Taiji Cane List of Movements Directions and Notes by Michael P Garofalo Beginners Guide to Using the Cane By Don Rearic 12Kb Black Belt Ranking Video for the Cane Instructional DVD 45 minutes Developed by Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr founder of Cane Masters Cane Masters Instructional Video Series Volume 6 This video contains information on the required Cane Masters Kata cane care techniques advanced techniques and an interview with Grand Master Mark Shuey 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 Bodhidharmas Damo Cane Kung Fu Demonstration UTube Video 201 minutes Broadsword and Singlestick with Chapters on Quarterstaff Bayonet Cudgel Shillalah Walking Stick Umbrella and other Weapons of Self Defence The QuarterStaff By AllansonWinn R G and C PhillippsWolley London George Bell & Sons 1st edition 1898 Cane In Chinese 杖 Zh�ng a cane staff rod or walking stick Also spelled Zh�ng Chang Jeung Zoeng The Cane Ancient Weapon for Seasoned Practitioners By Bruce Cohen Kung Fu Magazine article 309 Cane and Walking Stick Martial Arts and Exercises The Cane as a Weapon By A C Cunningham Civil Engineer U S Navy For sale by Army and Nave Register Washington D C 1912 National Capital Press Inc Washington D C PDF format 25 pages 1 3 MB Mirror1 The Cane Beginning and Intermediate Levels Cane Masters International Association This spiral bound manual touches on the warmups and stretches of the cane in addition to beginning and intermediate levels of self defense Over 200 pages of text and images based on the first three instructional videos Written by Grand Canemaster Mark Shuey Sensei Bruce Vinciguerra and Canemaster David Kelly VSCL Cane Blocks and Strikes By Master Thomas Toma Rosenzweig Cane and Walking Stick Books Cane Exercises with a Stretch Band By Master Thomas Toma Rosenzweig Cane Fighting By John Vesia The cane as an effective fighting weapon is nothing new and has made appearances in a number of cultures In Portugal the fighting cane is called the jogo do pau In France savateurs train with la canne Cannistes wear protective gear and fencing helmets in matches A similar weapon in Japan is the jo a wooden staff about four feet long The Cane for Self Defense Demonstration by Gordon Oster Instructional DVD 80 minutes color Turtle Press 2006 ASIN B000H0MGLE Cane Fu Kane Fu Magazine and newspaper articles on teaching exercise with canes for seniors Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 The CaneMaster A Self Defense Expert Fitness Teacher and Healer Information about the programs of Dave Mcneil of Goju Shorei and Mark Shuey Sr of Canemasters Hapkido CaneDo Kai information Cane Links Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California Cane Masters Basic Foundation and Street Techniques Videos A product review by Phil Elmore The Martialist Magazine for Those Who Fight Unfairly Cane Masters Your Source of SelfDefense and Exercise Using the Cane Numerous canes instructional videotapes and related supplies and equipment are sold Are you interested in actualtests 640864 Get our self paced certkiller 000035 and testking 642902 study packages to pass your testking 646206 without any difficulty in testking VCP5DCV Cane Masters International Association CMIA Board of Directors The Cane of Shaolin By Ted Mancusco Cane Patch for Uniform Cane Research Project at Valley Spirit Taijiquan SelfDefense Arts and Fitness Exercises Using a Cane Walking Stick or Short Wooden StaffAll documents were created by Michael P Garofalo M S Published by Green Way Research Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California 2009 These documents normally include a list of the movement names in the specific cane or short staff form and the final direction to face for each named movement sequence Some documents provide detailed descriptions for each of the movement sequences All documents include some commentary notes and a bibliography of books media and links Many of these documents are in Adobe PDF readprint only format The documentation of this research is an ongoing project of mine from 20092011 consequently many documents are still very incomplete Over time I intend to provide descriptions for each movement including 1 the martial technique used 2 the direction of technique application 3 the poetic name and 4 the final leg stance Nearly all of these forms can be practiced with a cane or walking staff under 40 long and some with a longer short staff up to eyebrow length Development Key C Undergoing current development current project F = Research completed project finished L = Develop Later incomplete not researched My current research in the Spring of 2009 is on the Shaolin Kung Fu Cane the Eight Immortals Cane I and the Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan Ba Gua Staff Created by Professor Jiang Zhou Chun and taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 16 movements List of names and directions VSCL Bodhidharmas Shaolin Cane Damo Cane Shaolin Damo Kung Fu Cane as taught by Master Shi Deyang 21 movements in 3 sections List of names and directions VSCL Cane Research Project and Blog Notes from Michael Garofalo Valley Spirit Taijiquan Cloud Hands Taijiquan Bibliographies Instructions Guides and Research in Taijiquan and Qigong Chen Taijiquan Broadsword Form As taught by Grandmaster Chen Zenglei 23 PosturesMovements Practice with cane List of Names F Chen ShenPus Taijiquan Short Staff Created by Grandmaster Chen ShenPu and taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 74 movements List of Names F Eight Dragons Baguazhang Cane Forms By Michael P Garofalo Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California L Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Routine One Yang Style of Taijiquan As taught by Master Jesse Tsao 36 movements in 10 lessons List of names directions descriptions bibliography and notes C Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Routine Two Chen Style of Taijiquan As taught by Master Jess Tsao 36 movements in 10 lessons List of Names L How I Use Instructional DVDs to Learn Cane Forms F Martial Arts Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff Lists notes comments techniques and bibliography 384 Kb C Northern Energy Taiji Cane Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang As taught by Sensei James Bouchard 24 movements List of names and descriptions L Shaolin Kung Fu Cane As taught by Shifu Ted Mancuso List of the names of the movements directions detailed descriptions for 16 lessons bibliography notes and comments C Standard Simplified Yang Style Sword Form 32 movements Detailed descriptions and illustrations Practice with a cane F Tchoung TaTchen Walking Stick Form Created by Grandmaster Tchoung TaTchen 35 Movements List of names L Way of the Short Staff Comprehensive bibliography of books media links and resources Includes research on cane short staff walking stick jo etc F Way of the Staff Comprehensive bibliography of books media links and resources Includes research on the staff bo gun quarterstaff pole etc F Wudang Tiger Tail Short Staff As taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 48 movements in this Wudang Mountain Taoist sort staff form List of names F Yang Family Tai Chi Short Staff by Xu Minshan As taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 104 postures List of names F Cane Quest A must visit website for cane collectors Fascinating information on the history and lore of canes Cane Self Defense Advice By Master Thomas Toma Rosenzweig Canes and Martial Arts Weapons Canes and Walking Sticks Construction By Betty Rahbar Canes and Walking Sticks Google Links Cane SelfDefense Cane Self Defense UTube Videos Cane Tai Chi Chuan Taijiquan Canes There Not Just for Walking Anymore Cane Wikipedia CD Davis Group SelfDefense Tactical Products Including Cane The Cane Weapons Arts of a Gentleman Instructional DVD by Emil Farkas 55 Minutes Cloud Hands Blog The Damo Cane Shaolin Single Cane VCD instructional video The Damo Cane VCD for SelfInstruction Demonstrated and Explained by Feng Yan Language Chinese and English Published by Henan Electronic Audio and Video Press ISRC CNF420100730 The original creator of the Damo Cane was Cheng Tongshan a wellknown boxing master See also Shaolin Cane Defense Cane I Instructional DVD C Davis Group Defense Cane 2 Instructional DVD C Davis Group Don Jong The Hapkido Cane By Scott Shaw Dragon Head Walking Cane Instructional DVD by Grandmaster Wing Lam Erle Montigue FaJing Stick Yang Family Medium Stick Erle Montique FaJing Stick Fighting Eight Immortals Tai Chi Cane Form The Exercise System with the Cane Instructional DVD 45 minutes Developed by Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr founder of Cane Masters Cane Masters Instructional Video Series Volume 1 Isometric Stretching Resistance Basic Techniques The material in this video is based solely on the physical fitness aspects of using the cane either with our without a resistance band You will see not only the proper technique of performing each exercise but also a graphic representation of that portion of the body being stressed We have had many doctors chiropractors and physical therapists report that they have patients who have benefited greatly from this program VSCL Evolution of Club to Staff The Fighting Cane Armed Elegant and Invisible By Ted Truscott 13Kb French Cane Fencing GojuShorei Weapons System By Master Dave McNeil Cane system A detailed textbook 288 pages videos canes and other products are offered for sale GojuShorei is a three weapons system cane knife and fan GojuShorei Weapons System Video 1 Yellow and Orange Ranks Katas and techniques This is the foundation tape for all the other ranks Instructional VHS 41 minutes GojuShorei Weapons System Video 2 Purple and Green Ranks Instructional VHS 40 minutes With the Progressive Strike Zones the student will add cane to cane contact to the learning process Two katas and 20 techniques round out this videotape Hapkido Cane Big Stick Fighting from the Dojo to the Street Instructional DVD by Alain Burrese 150 minutes Hapkido CaneDo Kai A martial art developed by Joe Robaina History of the Korean Cane Ji Pang E By Master James Benko 10Kb How to Walk Safely with a Cane By Sifu John Chow Hsing I Cane Form by Master Huang Su Chun UTube Demonstrations List of movement name in English and Chinese from Poetry in Motion Tai Chi Chuan website by Jeff Raymer Index to the Cloud Hands Website A detailed alphabetically arranged subject index to webpages and documents offered at the Cloud Hands Website Intermediate Techniques and Drills for the Cane Instructional DVD 45 minutes Developed by Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr founder of Cane Masters Cane Masters Instructional Video Series Volume 3 Intermediate Techniques and Defensive Drills This video utilizes the elements shown in the �Basic Foundation� tape and combines them into easy to follow techniques to ward off attacks by a single opponent 45 minutes long the video is complete with practice drills for fighting and selfdefense with a partner VSCL Martial Arts Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff By Michael P Garofalo Martial Cane Concepts By Michael Janich A Realistic System of Walking Stick Self Defense Instructional DVD 70 minutes Paladin Press 805966056937 Master the Cane Featuring Grandmaster Ted Gambordella Instructional DVD Mastering the Cane Featuring Ted Tabura Instructional DVD Personal SelfDefense with a Walking Cane Purchasing a Cane or Walking Stick Raising Cane The Unexpected Martial Art By Octavio Ramos Velluminous Press 2006 188 pages ISBN 1905605102 This book features fairly detailed explanations with illustrations of many cane strikes blocks and maneuvers by a former sheriff Black and white photographs and descriptions of all cane techniques VSCL The Return of the Cane A Natural History of the Walking Stick By Gerard J Van Den Broek International Books 2007 120 pages ISBN 9057270501 Much more than a study of walking sticks as antiques and collectibles this fascinating book also explores the myths and symbols associated with sticks and canes Noting that apes use sticks as tools to humans the stick is also a form of power Batons clubs dueling sticks scepters staffs and magic wands are cited and discussed showing the ancient association of sticks with authority piety strength wisdom and the supernatural a chapter is devoted to famous canes in history and literature and photographs and illustrations throughout present canes of various woods decoration and rarity VSCL SelfDefense with a Cane By E W BartonWright 1901 SelfDefense with a Cane Part 2 By E W BartonWright 1901 SelfDefense Cane 1 Instructional DVD Cane workshop by Charles Davis Shifu Zhangs Mysterious Cane Shaolin Cane Bibliography Links Resources The Shaolin Cane The Wooden Weapon of Kung Fu Instruction by Ted Mancuso Instructional DVD 60 minutes Plum Publications Santa Cruz California � 2005 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 Introductory remarks bring new points to light about the usefulness of weapons work especially with simple easily available instruments Among the topics covered Mr Mancuso discusses and demonstrates Basic strikes and their applicability to all weapons Grips and the flexible hand concept The traditional Northern Shaolin Boxing Cane form Indepth stepwise breakdowns of each section of this fast and mobile form Examples of applications including running commentary explaining more than just the movements but the reasoning behind cane defenses According to this teacher Over the years students have come to me and say Id like to learn the cane from you When I ask why they always say something like For my father Hes getting old At that point I have to explain to them that this is one of the most dynamic weapons sets in the entire Shaolin arsenal After all if you think about it handing a simple stick to a Kung Fu artists who can do sword spear whip and dagger is just like saying anything goes This is definitely not your grandfathers cane form In this instructional DVD the lineage of this particular Shaolin Cane form is given as Ted Mancuso was taught by Lam Kwong Wing who was taught by Yim Shang Mo who was taught by Gu Ru Shang who was taught by Yan Gi Wen who was taught by Yan Di Gong who was taught by Wang Bang Cai who was taught by Gan Feng Chi who was taught by Monk Zhao Yuan He Shang Read the short essay by Ted Mancuso on The Shaolin Cane VSCL Shuey Mark Sr Karate Master and Cane Grand Master Biography 1 Biography 2 Founder of Canemasters President of Cane Masters International Association CMIA Interview by WMA Mark Shuey Sr Cane Grandmaster The Staff Bibliography Links Quotes Notes Lessons The Stick and Cane in Close Combat By Tom Lang Unique Publications ISBN 0865682577 The result of a 7 year intensive study of grappling techniques with the stick and cane the book presents more than 120 jointlocks takedowns chokes holds disarms surprise attacks rolls strikes and exercises with the stick and cane in 750 photographs These techniques were collected and refined from those described in more than 120 books and videos on the topic as practiced in several traditions as well as from my 35 years of experience in the martial arts It is the largest collection of these techniques yet published Stick Fighting Street Techniques of the Cane Instructional DVD 45 minutes Developed by Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr founder of Cane Masters Cane Masters Instructional Video Series Volume 4 We have combined a variety of blocks and counters introduced in our other instructional videos into a series of techniques designed for selfdefense in a true street situation GM Shuey and his son will show you some great �down and dirty� tactics against a number of different attacks Strikes with the Stick and Cane 60 strikes are described by Tom Lang 87Kb PDF Tai Chi Chuan Taijiquan Cane Short Staff Tai Chi Partner Cane From San Tsai Tuan Kun By Sifu Michael Gilman and Stephani Morel Port Townsend Washington Detailed instructions with b&w photographs online An instructional videotape is also available for Sifu Gilman and available online This is a useful short 11 movements per side partner form When the transition is added one ends up with a beautiful instructive partner or solo form These lessons are divided into sections The first is the Introduction and all the applications for the form The second and third sections break down each of the two sides and teach the movements The last section shows the form performed as a partner form Keep in mind that there is a companion VHS video tape available through the online store Tai Chi Partner Cane San Tsai Tuan Kun Three Powers Stick Short Stick practices There are videos on UTube for each lesson Lesson One 832 Lesson Two 915 Lesson Three 827 Lesson Four 911 Lesson Five 855 Lesson Six 924 Lesson Seven 604 Taiji Cane by Master WenChing Wu Here is a very graceful fluid and powerful Tai Chi Chuan cane weapon routine The movements are based on the Standard Taijiquan 24 Movements Beijing Form in the Yang Style A common wood cane is used This form is performed by Master WenChing Wu and probably created by him and is produced for UTube by Way Dragon Wushu in 2011 iframe allowfullscreen= frameborder=0 height=315 src=www youtube comembedKuoHy2vAICg width=560iframe Taiji Zhang Japanese Chinese and Okinawan Styles Instructional DVD 2006 By Christopher Keith and James Bouchard Tchoung TaTchen Walking Stick Form 35 movements A lively taijiquan walking stick or cane form Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff By Michael P Garofalo M S Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California January 2009 100Kb Includes Strikes Two Hands Strikes One Hand Blocks Two Hands Blocks One Hand Sweeps Pull Downs Chops Jabs Pokes Punches The document provides a bibliography links and resources The document includes brief descriptions for each short staff andor cane technique Thunder Stick Form developed by Chen PanLing and as taught by Chen YunChing Traditional Tai Chi Eight Immortals Cane Routine One Demonstrated by Master Jesse Tsao Routine One is based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan Instructional DVD 64 minutes Produced by Tai Chi Healthways San Diego 2008 Master Tsao developed this cane form himself with grandmaster Zhu Tiancais support Traditional Tai Chi Eight Immortals Cane Routine One These lists and detailed descriptions of each movement are for the use of students at the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Center in Red Bluff California Routine One is based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan and we teach the Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan at the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Center This tai chi cane form is taught on an instructional DVD by Master Jesse Tsao Master Tsao developed this cane form himself with grandmaster Zhu Tiancais support All students studying this Tai Chi Cane form should purchase this very good instructional DVD from Master Jesse Tsao for their home study A List of Movements List of Lessons and References for Routine One PDF Format 27Kb 4 pages B List of Movements and Lesson List for Routine One PDF Format 18Kb 1 page C Lesson 1 Descriptions of the movements in Routine One Movements 14 PDF format 33 Kb 4 pages D Lesson 2 Descriptions of the movements in Routine One Movements 59 PDF format 35 Kb 4 pages Traditional Tai Chi Eight Immortals Cane Routine Two Cannon Cane Demonstrated by Master Jesse Tsao Routine Two Cannon Cane is based on the Chen Style of Taijiquan Instructional DVD 65 minutes Produced by Tai Chi Healthways San Diego 2008 Master Tsao developed this cane form himself with grandmaster Zhu Tiancais support Training with Canes Discussion Valley Spirit Center Library Collection = VSCL Red Bluff California Valley Spirit Taijiquan Cane Links Vendors Retailers and Manufacturers of Canes Walking Sticks Short Staffs Videos on U Tube Tai Chi Cane Taijiquan Cane Hapkido Cane VSCL = Valley Spirit Center Library Collection Red Bluff California Walkiing Cane Information History Facts and Usage of Canes Walking Stick and Cane Books The Walking Stick Method of SelfDefense By H G Lang 1923 Published by Kirk Lawson 118 pages The Walking Stick Method of SelfDefense By Officer Published by Palladin Press 2004 96 pages ISBN 1581604386 Walking Stick Wikipedia Wang ShuChins Tai Chi Walking Stick By Manfred Erich Rottmann Tai Chi International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan Vol 18 No 6 December 1994 pp 2629 Wang ShuChin 19041981 According to Marnix Wells Chen Panling taught Wang Shu Chin the 24 movement walking stick form Way of the Short Staff By Michael P Garofalo M S A comprehensive guide to the practice of the short staff cane jo walking stick gun zhang whip staff 13 Hands Staff and related wood short staff weapons A detailed and annotated guide bibliography lists of links resources instructional media online videos and lessons Includes use of the short staff and cane in martial arts selfdefense walking and hiking Separate sections on Aikido Jo Cane Taijiquan cane and staff Jodo exercises with a short staff selected quotations techniques selecting and purchasing a short staff tips and suggestions and a long section on the lore legends and magick of the short staff Includes Shifu Miao Zhang Points the Way Published by Green Way Research Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California Updated on a regular basis since October 2008 Filesize 335 Kb Related to Mikes popular webpage on the Staff Here is a very graceful fluid and powerful Tai Chi Chuan cane weapon routine The movements are based on the Standard Taijiquan 24 Movements Beijing Form in the Yang Style A common wood cane is used This form is performed by Master WenChing Wu and probably created by him and is produced for UTube by Way Dragon Wushu in 2011 iframe allowfullscreen= frameborder=0 height=315 src=www youtube comembedKuoHy2vAICg width=560iframe The Ways of Walking Quotes Poems Sayings and Lore Winning Katas of the Cane Instructional DVD 51 minutes Developed by Grandmaster Mark Shuey Sr founder of Cane Masters Cane Masters Instructional Video Series Volume 5 Winning Katas with Techniques Mark Shuey Sr shares his advanced techniques and winning katas with you in this 51 minute tape These are the same katas he used to win 50 first places 6 Grand Championships and the World and National Titles in 1998 and 1999 This fifth video in the ranking series will help you put the finishing touches on your journey to becoming a Canemaster VSCL Workshops Seminars Lectures Demonstrations on the Cane Walking Stick Jo Short Staff Disclaimer Warning Practicing with Staff Weapons Can Be a Dangerous Activity for Adults Videos Online about the Cane Cane Masters Cane Weapons on UTube Ji Pan Gi Hyung Cane Form 601 Three Powers Cane Form Michael Gilman Lesson One Cane Notes and Information So what are the areas that a CaneMaster excels in All Master level cane practitioners excel in cane self defense teaching ability exercising with the cane and natural healing By taking a look at three of the pioneers of the art of the cane and the way in which they present their art we find the commonalities that define the masters GM Dave Mcneil of Goju Shorei has made the isometric cane exercises and stretches an integral part of conditioning for the cane in his system He has also incorporated seikufujutsu a type of Japanese restorative massage as part of his advanced dan requirement Of course the self defense tecniques and kata are the foundation of the system GCM Shuey of the CMIA in addition to the self defense techniques and kata incorporates cane isometrics stretches cane exercise bands for resistance training and has entered the physical rehabilitation arena with his unique cane exercise system to the point where some medical insurance companies have offered reimbursement for his programs GCM Shuey has brought the cane to the general public beyond its self defense and fitness context Anyone who uses the cane as a medical aid can now turn it into a valuable equalizer CM Robaina of the CaneDo Kai likewise presents the cane as a complete martial art that offers self defense personal fitness and natural healing Robaina who owns the Cane Masters CaneDo Kai dojo in Miami actually has a personal fitness and healing practice revolving around the cane Robaina integrates cane stretches isometrics exercise bands and a yogapilates like cane exercise system He also developed the Quantum Cane energy healing technique that he currently teaches to lay people as well as licensed health care professionals CM Robaina holds the credentials to bring this system to the public since he is a degreed exercise physiologist Master of Sports Science certifed Specialist in Performance Nutrition Licensed Massage Therapist and Board Certified Doctor of Naturopathy So based on the approach of three of the premiere cane exponents today we can agree that a CaneMaster is a teacher of self protection personal exercise healing and recuperative technques A valuable contributor of good to society The CaneMaster A Self Defense Expert Fitness Teacher and Healer Return to the Index at the Top of This Webpage Ba Gua Zhang Pa Kua Chang Short Staff Practices Bagua Cane Form Demonstrated by Ian Sinclair UTube video 058 min Bagua Cyclone Saber and Cane Bagua Pole Form Demonstration by Erle Montague Video Bagua Seven Star Short Staff UTube video 104 min Seven Star Stick staff rod pole Qi Xing Gan Throughout eastern Asia these stars compose the Northern Dipper They are colloquially named The Seven Stars of the Northern Dipper Chinese 北斗七星 pinyin běidǒu qīxīng Japanese Hiraganaほくとしちせい Korean Hangul 북두칠성 Romaja Bukduchilseong Vietnamese ch�m sao Bắc Đẩu The seven stars are very important in Taoist astrology Big Dipper Bagua Staff 八卦棍 UTube video 108 min Bagua Staff UTube video 139 min Ba Gua Staff with Applications Created by Professor Jiang Zhou Chun a respected professor of martial arts Wu Shu Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye on a 124 minute instructional DVD This 19 movement form is in the traditional Ba Gua Zhang style The title on the DVD cover is Traditional Ba Gua Staff with Applications Produced in 2000 by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 It combines elements that characterize Baguazhang with movements that are specific to staff techniques It develops flexibility throughout the body and increases joint mobility Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Vendor WLE This is primarily an eyebrow length staff form however it can be practiced with a waist high staff VSCL Ba Gua Staff Created by Professor Jiang Zhou Chun and taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye List of movement names detailed descriptions notes bibliography and links By Michael Garofalo Bagua Swimming Dragon Staff Form Created by Chen PanLing Demonstration DVD by his son Chen YunChing No 1 Dragon Lifts His Head No 2 Dragon Emerges from the Sea No 3 Dragon Turns Its Body No 4 Dragon Looking Behind No 5 Dragon Shakes Its Tail No 6 Dragon Playing Roughly No 7 Dragon Rolls Over No 8 Dragon Displays Its Invincible Prowess This a long staff set of 632 seconds The staff is an eyebrow staff length My Bagua teacher Shifu Kent Howard learned this bagua staff form Baguazhang VCDs Includes some staff forms in various bagua styles Ba Gua Zhang Pa Kua Chang Bibliography links resources quotes and notes Circle walking internal martial arts By Michael P Garofalo 210 Kb Baguazhang includes some staff forms Baguazhang Pole Form Instructional DVD by Erle Montague Cheng Style Baguazhang Swimming Body Staff VCD Eight Circular Bagua Staff Instructional video 3522 minutes Eight Directions Seven Star Staff Created by Andrew Dale of the Xin Qi Shen Dojo Eight Dragons Baguazhang Cane Forms By Michael P Garofalo Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu History Seven Stars Bagua Staff Classical Baguazhang Volume XVII Bagua Seven Stars Staff By Joseph Crandall Smiling Tiger Martial Arts 2008 96 pages This is an introduction to the English public of the Bagua Seven Stars Staff Presented here are the routines for this weapon from two different lineages that of Guo Gumin and that of Liu Xinghan Both versions are similar but have some interesting differences This book allows the student to compare and contrast the two lineages ISBN 9781929047789 Yang Wulang Bagua Staff Hongquan UTube video 213 min Bartitsu Bian Gan Whip Staff Zhang Xigui UTube 359 min Bodhidharmas or Damos Cane Wushu UTube 201 min Bodhidharmas Short Staff Form Damo Gun UTube 125 min British Quarter Staff Association The British Quarterstaff Association teaches men the art and technique of the quarterstaff a weapon whose use predates written history Today the British Quarterstaff Association provides men with a form of training that is rooted in British traditions through regular classes and events As a combat form the use of the quarterstaff requires learning sets of attacks and defenses coordination of eye hand and body and how to focus intention More fundamental than these is learning how to use posture and weight shifting to direct energy economically Still more fundamental is adopting the approach of the warrior Working regularly with the staff develops strength Confronting fear develops courage Observing the effective use of techniques develops skill The aim of the warrior is to use strength courage and skill in all circumstances not just when he holds a staff Broadsword and Singlestick with Chapters on Quarterstaff Bayonet Cudgel Shillalah Walking Stick Umbrella and other Weapons of Self Defense The QuarterStaff By AllansonWinn R G and C PhillippsWolley London George Bell & Sons 1st edition 1898 Cane and Walking Stick Books Cane Links Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California Cane Research Project at Valley Spirit Taijiquan Canary Islands Stick Fighting JUEGO DEL PALO Stick Fencing of the Canary Islands Journal of Western Martial Art May 2000 by Tony Wolf Canary Islands Stick Fighting Martial Arts of the World An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation Thomas Green & Joseph Svinth Eds ABCCLIO 2010 Canary Islands Stick Fighting and Wrestling by Carlos Guti�rrez Garc�a University of Le�n Le�n Spain and Juan Carlos Mart�n University of Le�n Le�n Spain Definitions Short staff or stick weapons Arnis sticks Hanbo Jō Japanese stick weapon Kurunthadi Kubotan Otta Shillelagh Tambo Tonfa Yawara Yubibo Long weapons staff and spear weapons Arbir Indonesian halberd Bisento Chinese origin halberd Bō Japanese staff weapon Eku Gun staff Ji halberd Jogo do Pau Portuguese Staff and baton Guan dao or Kwan dao large Chinese halberd Kurunthadi Ox tongue Lathi Pudao long handled sword Halberd Monks Spade Nagamaki Japanese polearm Naginata Japanese polearm Qiang spear Quarterstaff Sarissa Sibat FilipinoIndonesian spear Spear Taiaha Maori wooden duelling spearstaff Kanabō Japanese iron staff Yari Japanese spear Dowsing Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane Routine One Based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan As taught by Master Jesse Tsao This series of documents was prepared by Michael Garofalo M S for students studying the Eight Immortals Taijiquan Cane at the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Center in Red Bluff California Egyptian Royal Regalia Scepter and Staff Fatal Flute and Stick Forms Wah Lum Kung Fu By Poi Chan Unique Publications 1985 151 pages ISBN 0865680590 The Fighting Staff By Dwight C McLemore Paladin Press 2010 234 pages ISBN 1581607148 Five Tigers Swarm a Herd of Sheep Staff Form List of movements Used in Shaolin staff practices kung fu and Chen Style Taijiquan The Ferocious Enchanted Staff of Ancient Monks By Dr Leung Ting 95 pages This book consists of the origination form and application of the �ferocious enchanted staff� � a translation from a handtranscribed book of ancient times The Forbidden Kingdom A major fantasy motion picture distributed in 2008 All dialogue is in English Starring Jackie Chan Lu Yan the drunken Taoist immortal and an old Boston pawnshop owner Jet Li a quiet Buddhist monk and the immortal Monkey King Michael Angarano Jason an American teenager Liu Yifei Golden Sparrow a beautiful young woman seeking revenge Li Bing Bing the White Haired witchsorceress and Collin Chou the evil Jade Warlord sorcerer Directed by Rob Minkoff Martial Arts director Yuen WooPing Screenplay by John Fusco Cinematography by Peter Pau Multiple producers and distributed by the Lions Gate Studio and the Weinstein Company 104 minutes DVD with many extra features and outtakes This film features many beautiful and elaborate sets from the largest film studio in the world Hengdian World Studio or Chinawood near Shanghai China This was the first onscreen collaboration between the famous Hong Kong actors Jackie Chan and Jet Li The magical staff of the Monkey King must be returned to free the Monkey King imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord and a team of four Chan Li Angarano and Yifei go on a quest to return the staff and must battle the evil doers Bing Chou along the way Plenty of sorcery special effects dramatic high flying and high quality martial arts fighting excellent cinematography superb scenery in China and a complex blend of Chinese myth lore and philosophy The plot will appeal more to persons under 20 years of age followers of Chinese martial arts and lore lovers of quests and coming of age tales fanciers of the picturesque and of course to aficionados of the staff Many elements from the epic Chinese story Journey to the West and other characters from Chinese folklore and martial arts films are integrated in this fantasy story Michael Angaranos character of Jason a dreamy weak teenager transformed into a brave warrior is a blend of Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and Dorothy in the The Wizard of Oz Jason is mentored and taught martial arts by Lu Yan the drunken TaoistZen man played by Jackie Chan and the quiet Buddhist monk played by Jet Li Magickal time travel and shapeshifting add complex twists to the fantasy Forza The Samurai Sword Workout Kick Butt and Get Buff with High Intensity Sword Fighting Moves By Illaria Montagnani Photographs by Bill Morris Berkeley California Ulysses Press 2005 140 pages ISBN 1569754780 Practice is done with a wooden replica of a Smuarai sword a cane would suffice French Cane Fighting Horse Hair Whisk Fu Chen Taoist Ceremonial Whisk Before before the disciple leaves for three years the Daoist master gives him a three things to remind the disciple of his objectives First he gives him a red belt 3 3 feet long to remind the student to tame the mind for this time period to be serious and to keep his mind at peace Second the Fu Chen horsehair whisk to remind him to befriend good people and help others If he is enamored with something and is tempted to return to society he must whisk away these ideas like the Fu Chen Third the disciple is given a sword If he has lost his way and has lost himself the disciple remembers that his master has given him the sword to cut away these ideas so that he may continue on his path Horse Hair Whisk Taoist Exercise Form A vigorous and lively exercise form Video demonstrations Demonstration 1 Demonstration 2 The whish is used to shoo away flies and other insects Index to the Cloud Hands Website A detailed alphabetically arranged subject index to webpages and documents offered at the Cloud Hands Website Irish Stick Fighting Faction Fighting Celtic Martial Arts Bata Irish Stick Fighting Uisce Beatha Bata Rince Whiskey Stick Dancing Jogo do Pau Journal of Manly Arts Korean Tahn Bong By Grand Master James S Ma Style Exercise Series Ma Style Taiji Exercise Benko Ph D Kung Fu Walking Stick Demonstration UTube 045 min Martial Arts Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff By Michael P Garofalo Praying Mantis Staff With Applications Taught by Shifu Jiang Jianye 122 minute VHS videotape A 25 posture combination of Seven Stars Plum Flower and Liu He Praying Mantis styles Produced by Shifu Jiang Jianye of the Capital District Tai Chi and Kung Fu Association of New York 29 West Dillenbeck Drive Albany NY 12203 Website Jiangs Tai Chi Videos Sa Kwon Chinese Bo Kata SelfDefense with a Walking Stick By E W BartonWright 1901 50K Illustrations and commentary Shaolin Cane Bodhidharmas Damo Cane Kung Fu Form UTube Video 201 Min The Damo Cane Shaolin Single Cane VCD instructional video The Damo Cane VCD for SelfInstruction Demonstrated and Explained by Feng Yan Language Chinese and English Published by Henan Electronic Audio and Video Press ISRC CNF420100730 The original creator of the Damo Cane was Cheng Tongshan a wellknown boxing master See also Shaolin Cane The Damo Cane Shaolin Kung Fu Demonstration and instruction by Sheng Yuefeng The Damo Cane Kung Fu also called the Shaolin single cane Kung Fu is among the rare weapons in Shaolin Kung Fu forms This form has been passed on to only a few persons by now It is famous for weirdness and cleverness This program is based on the principles of higher starting point authentic theories and excellent works Hearty and generous impartation here is aimed at quick and effective acquirement by any learner Vendor 2 Subtitles in English and Chinese and instruction in English option Instructional VCD My copy had a bad hissing sound in the audio Instruction was a bit to fast This set is not the same as the Shaolin Bodhidharmas Cane as taught by Master Shi Deyang It appears to be a wushu competition form VSCL Damos T Cane UTube Video 47 sec Damo Gun Bodhidharmas Short Staff Video 126 min Dragon Head Walking Cane of Shaolin Kung Fu Instructional DVD by Grandmaster Wing Lam Gun Staff Cudgel Long Staff Eyebrow Staff of Shaolin Kung Fu Walking Stick Demonstration Video 126 minute Nine Province Short Staff Shaolin Video 106 min Shaolin Bodhidharmas Cane Demonstration and instruction by Master Shi Deyang Instructional DVD 21 PostureMovements Form The Shaolin Bodhidharmas Cane is one of the rare weapons in Shaolin Wushu It has a unique shape just like a walking stick in an old mans hand The movements in this routine are fierce vigorous simple natural and poised It cleverly and reasonably utilizes the techniques of attack and defense so it can both attack and defend This routine lays especially stress on the eyes techniques When the hands move the eyes follow them If preserving in practicing this routine you may able to improve the strength of hands Subtitles in English DVD 45 Minutes Vendor 2 Vendor 3 VSCL Shaolin Bodhidharmas Cane as taught by Master Shi Deyang List of 21 movements in 3 Sections and a bibliography Shaolin Damo Cane Damo Cane also called Single Cane It is said that it was named after Damo because high monk Damo always has a cane with him Its movements include Lun Ya Jia Sao & Pi Shaolin Damo Cane Demonstration UTube Video 42 sec Demonstration by Sheng Yuefeng Shaolin Cane By Ted Mancusco Shaolin Cane Instructional VCD in English and Chinese Instructor Shi Yongkan The Shaolin Cane The Wooden Weapon of Kung Fu Instruction by Ted Mancuso Instructional DVD 60 minutes Plum Publications Santa Cruz California � 2005 Available for purchase from both Plum Publications and Amazon 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 Introductory remarks bring new points to light about the usefulness of weapons work especially with simple easily available instruments Among the topics covered Mr Mancuso discusses and demonstrates Basic strikes and their applicability to all weapons Grips and the flexible hand concept The traditional Northern Shaolin Boxing Cane form Indepth stepwise breakdowns of each section of this fast and mobile form Examples of applications including running commentary explaining more than just the movements but the reasoning behind cane defenses According to this teacher Over the years students have come to me and say Id like to learn the cane from you When I ask why they always say something like For my father Hes getting old At that point I have to explain to them that this is one of the most dynamic weapons sets in the entire Shaolin arsenal After all if you think about it handing a simple stick to a Kung Fu artists who can do sword spear whip and dagger is just like saying anything goes This is definitely not your grandfathers cane form In this instructional DVD the lineage of this particular Shaolin Cane form is given as Ted Mancuso was taught by Lam Kwong Wing who was taught by Yim Shang Mo who was taught by Gu Ru Shang who was taught by Yan Gi Wen who was taught by Yan Di Gong who was taught by Wang Bang Cai who was taught by Gan Feng Chi who was taught by Monk Zhao Yuan He Shang Read the short essay by Ted Mancuso on The Shaolin Cane VSCL I think this is an excellent instructional DVD Shaolin Cane List of movements instructions notes and references Prepared by Mike Garofalo Based on the Shaolin Cane Form as taught by Ted Mancuso So yes there probably was a time when monks were encouraged to use their humbled wooden instruments as a first and stolid line of defense In the case of Shaolin there are many legends and much silliness about the Temple and its denizens But one thing often admitted through the centuries is that the wooden weapon work of the Temple was at times of a very high caliber It might have been the best in the world for its era This is not unexpected Quite often Wushu styles find a certain weapon that most perfectly characterizes their brand of skill Pi Gua is famous for its saber work Ba Ji for its spear Praying Mantis loves the twohanded straight sword Shaolin at one time boasted an astounding 200 stick sets And thats quite possibly true considering the amount of information coming into the Temple These wooden weapons varied greatly Some were eight feet or more up to 12 feet Many were the famous eyebrow length Then there were short sticks often called whips or cudgels And of course there were canes Basically the Da Mo Cane the most famous cane set from the Temple utilizes a square necked instrument There are actually a number of sets all claiming to be called after DaMo the Buddhist founder The other significant variation of the Shaolin Cane is its curve necked brother There are many types Dragon Cane Iron Cane but the curved and the straight are the major designations The Shaolin Cane we present does not distinguish between the two but can easily use either version The Cane of Shaolin By Ted Mancuso Shaolin Encyclopedia Shaolin Gun is the most famous weapon It was the earliest weapon of Shalin Kung Fu During Ming Dynasty Shaolin Monks took part in several battles with stick weapon to fight with rebellion group From then on Shaolin stick started to become famous The Shaolin stick movements was passed on form generation to generation with the strict firmly style The book �Shaolin Stick Movements of Buddhism� was a famous sutra of Shaolin Stick The most typical sticks movements as bellow Shaolin Feng & Huo Gun Wind & Fire Stick Shaolin Yinshou Gun Negative Hand Stick Shaolin Duan Gun Short Stick Shaolin Da Ye Cha Gun Big Rough Stick Shaolin Shao Huo Gun Cookfiring Stick Shaolin Yuan Hou Gun Monkey Stick China Wushu Shaolin Short Stick Instructional VCD from Plum Publications A short form of 33 movements Somewhat like a Plum Blossom form hitting the cardinal angles Some tips on application given by ShihFu Liu ZhiHai himself Quick short moves Shaolin Staff Gun Stick Long Staff Cudgel Eyebrow Staff Shaolin Tai Tzu Style Short Stick Instructional VCD 60 minutes Chinese Only This routine combines the staff methods of 5 Yin Hands and 7 Yang Hands Thunder Stick Form developed by Chen PanLing and as taught by Chen YunChing 24 Movements List of Names Tongbiquan Wushu Master Huang Baoshan 19051998 Stick of LuDa Nine Rings Zen Cane Old Man Guards the Field Stick Traditional Dat Mo Stick Martial Arts Master Deng Er Qian List of 48 movements in English and Chinese It is believed that the Traditional Dat Mo Stick Form comes from the Shaolin Temple and predates the burning of the temple in Henan The Dat Mo Stick has two lineage branches 1 Shaolin Si 2 Tagou School It is also believed that there are two sections of the Dat Mo Stick Section 1 composed of 40 forms and Section 2 composed of 48 forms The monks usually performed the two sections together as one set There is an instructional DVD on this Dat Mo CaneStick Form titled In the Shadow of the Masters by Bob Fermor available from the Guan Yu International Academy of Martial Arts The length of the cane in this form is somewhat longer than a hooked cane from the floor to under the armpit what we might call a crutch The Shaolin Temple at Henan was burned three times 574 CE 1644 and 1927 and was vandalized and damaged during the Maoist Cultural Revolution in the 1960s Special Taoist Taiji Stick and Ruler Qigong By Feng Zhiqiang Compiled by Wang Fengming 205 pages in English 127 pages in Chinese Staff Fighting Forms Jian Dan Gun Fa Dui Lian 簡單棍法對練 Staff Spinning Techniques and Fire Spinning Staff Stick Wikipedia Stick and Pole Weapons By George Hernandez 80Kb An informative and detailed overview of this type of weapons Stick Fighting By Masaaki Hatsumi and Quintin Chambers Kodansha International 1981 ISBN 0870114751 Stick Fighting Google Video Search Stick Fighting Wikipedia Stick Fighting World Forum Staff Stick Wikipedia Stav Runic Martial Arts Stav Rune Breathing Walking Stick Form Strikes with the Stick and Cane 60 strikes are described by Tom Lang 87Kb PDF Tai Chi Chuan Taijiquan Cane Short Staff Taiji Ruler Exercise techniques using a short stick Taiji Bang and walking movements Popular amongst Chen Taijiquan practitioners Taiji Staff 太極棍 Taiji Gun The staff is the first long weapon in Taiji The principles of feeling listening following sticking and adhering remain the key to the training Taiji staff also has twoperson sticking training Taiji Sticking Staff This webpage discusses use of the long staff and includes descriptions and photographs of a two person routine Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff Tchoung TaTchen Walking Stick Form 35 movements A lively taijiquan walking stick or cane form Thunder Stick Form developed by Chen PanLing and as taught by Chen YunChing Cloud Hands Blog Tiger Tail Short Staff List of Movements and Notes Names of each of the 48 postures in this Wudang Mountain Taoist Short Staff Form The Short Staff is sometimes called a 13 Hands Staff or Whip Staff Prepared by Michael P Garofalo M S March 2009 Names are based on the teaching by Shifu Jiang Jianye in his instructional DVD Wu Dang Tiger Tail Short Staff Toma Modern Arnis Master Thomas Toma Rosenzweig Home of Modern Arnis in Los Angeles Phone 18183394051 Traditional Filipino Weapons 847 Hamilton Ave Waterbury CT 06706 203 596 9073 Sandata4UsAllaol com Recommended by Master Rosenzweig Valley Spirit Taijiquan Cane Links Vendors Retailers and Manufacturers of Short Staffs Canes Walking Sticks Walking Stick Form of Master Chen PanLing A walking stick form was taught by Chen PanLing 18921967 This form was brought to the U S at various times by different martial artists as such youll find a few unique flavors of it The form is practiced in four lines and most count it at around 2533 postures Interestingly since broadsword saber moves influenced the form greatly you can also perform the sequence with a broadsword rather than a stick This version was brought to the United States at different times by Meng ShanFu Kai Sung Chen YunChing 1939 and students of Wang FuLai such as Hiromi Hangai Johnson www hiromitaichi org Each had their own technique and emphasis As such the flavor differs slightly with each practitioner although the moves are basically the same Chen YunChing who is a son of Chen PanLing calls this form Thunder Stick and has a DVD available of it through his student James Sumarac and from Plum Publications This webpage includes six embedded UTube videos Demonstrations Video 1 by Dmitry Deitch Video 2 by Binyamin According to Marnix Wells Chen Panling taught Wang Shu Chin the 24 movement walking stick form but others disagree Just my two cents on the walking stick form it is listed in Mr Chens bagua book and several of his other books as a Shaolin form It is not in the self invented section of the forms listing I assume Chen PanLing learned this form from his father I have seen Mr Chen Yun Ching do it a couple of times It is pretty short Discussion The walking stick form taught by Master Chen PanLing has been called a Shaolin Xing Yi and Tai Chi stick form by different knowledgeable persons Vendor Plum Publications In regards to the short stick when Chen YunChing was here in the States in 2006 he said that his father developed this form Thunder Stick in response to villagers that were having problems with stray dogs and bandits The villagers asked CPL if he could teach them a simple weapon defense form CPL extracted simple movements from his Shaolin knowledge base and then taught this form so that the villagers could use canes to defend themselves Besides using a short staff Chen YunChing actually demonstrated the form with a cane with the hook handle and was very impressive Tom Karls 二十四棍鐵 24 stick walking stick Hal Mosher an authorized Chen Pan Ling system teacher told me that there are no names for the movements in this form The Walking Stick Method of SelfDefense By H G Lang 1923 Published by Kirk Lawson 118 pages Walking Stick Retailers and Manufacturers Wang Shujin 19041981 According to Kent Howard Wang Shujin always carried a cane or walking stick with him and he could use it effectively in martial applications Shifu Howard said Wang Shujin practiced a cane form taught to him by Chen PanLing Thunder Stick and a Xing Yi cane form Weapon Symmetry Wendys Walking Sticks and Cane Links Western China Staff Sets 30 VCDs from Plum Publications The Western region of China is often associated with Taoism and the interchange of religious ideas from India This style has a huge amount of stick work Single stick double jointed staff Big Sweeper double short sticks Nunchaku all are here with an unusual number of high quality sets Here we have a variety of performers all giving renditions of staff skills This style has a huge repertoire of staff work including single short single long double short big sweeper and more There are not only a lot of sets but the typical eyebrow length staff is used in a variety of ways including reverse grip Along with Shaolin which for a time was probably the greatest staff style in the world�boasting 200 sets� the Western Staff is a truly masterful selection of forms Bian Tan Bian Single Whip Whip Like forms and Gun forms Western Staff Style Husk Staff Cai Zhi Zhong performs Ku Zi Gun This is a three VCD set with no forms on it Instead there are many exercises This is a great series for people who want to really practice stick arts Each section contains a few moves done symmetrically with a refrain something like the staff version of a short Tan Tui set Each section is named performed repeated and then broken down Great for instructors and students who want practice patterns This rare art was once the property of the Gao family Gansu and has only recently come forward Excellent routines Plum Publications VSCL Nanquan beituiDongqiang xigunFists in the south legs in the northSpears in the east sticks in the west Workshops Seminars Lectures Demonstrations on the Cane Walking Stick Jo Short Staff Xing Yi Hsing I Staff Video and List of Postures Videos Online about the Short Staff in Other Martial Arts Styles Max Andranovs Shinai Wars Black Tiger Stick Form UTube 110 minutes French Stick Fighting Canne de Combat Online Video 226 minutes French Stick Fighting Canne de Combat Online Video 303 minutes Wushu Stick Form UTube 346 minutes Wushu Stick Form UTube 251 minutes Whip Staff Cudgel UTube 158 min Whip Staff Bian Gan UTube 359 min Xing Yi Short Staff Form UTube 134 minutes Xiao Yao Style Cane Form VCD 60 minutes Plum Publications Return to the Index at the Top of This Webpage QuotationsShort Staff Jo Walking Stick Cane Zhang Jodo Aikijo Jojutsu Gun Quan Zhang QuanFacts Legends Lore Literature The Magical Staff Quotes Legends Lore The craft of cutting a walking stick no doubt stretches back through time to when Man first walked on two legs At first simple tools they would quickly have come to be carved and decorated The known history of walking sticks however begins much later in mid fifteenth century Europe when sticks have been found ornately carved with historical events The term cane was introduced in Britain during the reign of King Henry VIII to refer to sticks made of imported exotic woods Today the word continues to refer to the use of exotic woods as well as to mean a stick with a simple taper and without a curved handle Phoenix Walking Stick Company Many backpackers never consider a walking stick or staff yet for me this is as essential as a sleeping bag or a pair of boots It was not always so I backpacked for a decade and more without using a staff Then I started using Nordic skis in winter and spring and I discovered that when I had to carry the skis on my pack using the poles improved my balance Initially I began picking up stout sticks to help me climb steep inclines and ford streams I realized that having a staff with me all the time could be useful when on a weeklong early summer walk in Iceland I couldnt find a stick to pick upIceland is virtually treeless Shifting slippery pebble and gravel beds mixed with large areas of soft thawing snow and deep rivers made for a difficult walk which a staff would have eased Without one I was constantly off balance slipping and stumbling along The main reason to use a staff is for balance on rough terrain and river crossings Staff in hand I can negotiate steep scree slopes boulder fields and tussocky moorland with confidence even with the heaviest load But a staff has even more uses On level ground and good trails it helps maintain a walking rhythm When crossing boggy ground or snow it can probe for hidden rocks and deep spots as well as provide support It can hold back bushes barbed wire stinging plants and other trail obstructions Perhaps most useful of all it saves energy I am convinced it takes some weight off my feet particularly when I lean heavily on it as I climb steep slopes The German mountaineering equipment company Edelrid quotes mountain doctor Gottfried Neureuther as saying that each place ski pole takes between 5 and 8 kilograms weight off the lower part of the body which is equivalent to a total of 13 tons during a onehour walk on flat ground and an amazing 34 tons total load reduction when walking downhill Chris Townsend Backpackers Handbook 1963 Many people do not like the walking cane for Selfdefense because it does not go along with their age attire or they simply do not want to be associated with someone who may be disabled They do not wish to have the stigma that is often associated with the cane There is a strength in that appearance The strong appearing to be weak might be all the edge you need in a lot of physical confrontations That�s a Combat Ruse A young attacker who is strong might make the incredible mistake of thinking you are easy prey to find out all too late that you�re not The Cane gives even more reach than the average telescoping baton in some cases and is legal in more areas than that weapon Perhaps the greatest strength of all is in the presentation The Cane is already drawn You can strike immediately with it There is an old saying in Gun Circles The fastest draw is to have the gun in your hand when the trouble starts This applies to the knife as well and the stick The strength of the Cane is it is a Cane It�s not a gun or a knife it is already out in the open and you can strike instantly with it Don Rearic The Beginners Guide to the Cane The jo like its larger sibling the Bo long staff was never an effective weapon on the battlefield in comparison to the sword spear and bow just to name a few Although the jo and most other staves could be used to lethal effect when thrust at vital points of the body but when faced with a fully armoured opponent those vital points would in most cases be covered As a result there were very few ryu that were dedicated to the staffarts in the warring era since other more effective weapons were available There are several ryu that include jotechniques in its system One example is the jotradition found in the koryu art Tendoryu Naginatajutsu founded in 1582 In Tendoryu which uses the Naginata as the primary weapon there are techniques with the jo that simulates a scenario where the naginata has been cut in two and the wielder has to defend himself with the staffportion only With the onset of peace with the start of the Edoperiod 16031867 the conflicts with heavy armoured warriors became a thing of the past In this era the joart would come into its own against nonarmoured samurai and other opponents Various other martial arts also include elements of jojutsu not necessarily related to Shinto Musoryu One of the most famous promoter of the jo outside of Shinto Musoryu in modern times and indeed in the martial arts community as a whole was the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba Ueshiba trained in a variety of ryu including Yagyu swordsmanship but is not known to have trained in Shinto Musoryu It is generally believed that Ueshiba used his training in sojutsu spear to create a set of techniques for the jo Ueshiba also used the longstaff bo to perform the same techniques Shinto MusoRyu Wikipedia The bokken wooden staffsword was usually used as a training tool and simulated the length of a sword Miyamoto Musashi author of the book of strategy Go Rin No Sho A Book of Five Rings is considered by many to be the greatest swordsman in Japanese history Many of his duels were won using only a bokken He believed that fencing technique transcended the weapon used Muso Gonnosuke was defeated by Miyamoto Musashi and allowed to live He later developed the jo The wooden jo is around 4 feet long This length advantage over the sword allowed Muso Gonnosuke to defeat Miyamoto Musashi in a rematch He spared Musashis life but that is the only known defeat suffered by Musashi The jo and bokken are two of the weapons used in aikido to commemorate that battle Gabrielles Staff Techniques By Donald Plunkett 13K Gonnosuke withdrew to a Shinto shrine at Mount Homan in Chikuzen province modernday Fukuoka Prefecture where he would practice daily in perfecting his swordsmanship praying and performing shinto purifying rituals for 37 days It is also said however that he spent several years on the road studying other martial arts in various dojos until he ended up in the Shintoshrine After one of his regular exhausting training sessions he collapsed from fatigue and reputably had a vision of a divine being in the form of a child saying to Gonnosuke know the solar plexus of your opponent with a round stick In another version he had the vision in a dream late at night He took it upon himself to create the jo deliberatly longer than the average katana of the day 128 cm as opposed to the swords total length of approx 100 cm and use that length to his advantage in a fight Gonnosuke drawing on his own considerable experience with the spear longstaff naginata and sword also devised a set of five jotechniques for use to counter and defeat a swordsman Arguably he also developed techniques to specifically hinder Musashis trademark xblock As the tradition goes Gonnosuke now armed with the jo would again face Musashi in a duel and defeat him through the use of the superior length of the jo to keep Musashis swords out of range of Gonnosuke and thus hinder him from using the Xshaped technique effectively Gonnosuke had Musashi at his mercy but let him live as a way of returning the favour granted in the first duel Musashi who was said to be impressed by how Gonnosuke had learned humility from his earlier arrogance and his new skills made friends with Gonnosuke and they would be each other companions during their travels The claim that Musashi was defeated at all is still a matter of debate and is generally taken with a grain of salt Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi circa 1600 Wikipedia Article In Zen Buddhism the keisaku Japanese 警策 ky�saku in the Soto school is a flat wooden stick or slat used during periods of meditation to remedy sleepiness or lapses of concentration This is accomplished through a strike or series of strikes usually administered on the meditators back and shoulders in the muscular area between the shoulder blades and the spine The keisaku itself is thin and somewhat flexible strikes with it though they may cause momentary sting if performed vigorously are not injurious The word Keisaku may be translated as warning stick and is wielded by the jikijitsu Encouragement stick is a common translation for kyosaku In Soto Zen the Kyosaku is always administered at the request of the meditator by way of bowing ones head and putting the palms together in gassho and then exposing each shoulder to be struck in turn In Rinzai Zen the stick is requested in the same manner but may also be used at the discretion of the Ino the one in charge of the meditation hall Even in such cases it is not considered a punishment but a compassionate means to reinvigorate and awaken the meditator who may be tired from many sessions of zazen Keisaku Zen Encouragement Stick Seng Chou another famous martial arts monk is well known in the history of Shaolin Temple He was one of the most knowledgeable and respected monks and a great martial artist He later became a great abbot traveling throughout the country spreading the scripture of Buddhism He had thousands of disciples Once Seng Chou was walking in the forest and saw two tigers were in a fierce fight He attacked the tigers with a cane The tigers got angry with him His great fighting sensibility his light Qigong and his endurance finally wore the tigers out He broke the tigers fight up and gave the tigers a good lesson by defeating them both though he broke his cane History of Shaolin The stick is the ancestral weapon Even our closest cousins � chimpanzees and bonobos � have been observed fighting with sticks There are many kinds of fighting sticks In English stick staff bat baton rod cudgel and truncheon in Chinese gun bang chang and more In Shaolin weapons training mastery of the short stick is the foundation of sword technique Mastery of the long staff is the foundation of polearm technique In our school specifically gun 棍 indicates the long or quarterstaff bang 棒 the midlength cudgel chang 杖 a walking stick of indeterminate length that can also be used in selfdefense also �old persons walking stick or staff� and bang 棒 qualifed by duan 短 short becomes duanbang 短棒 and indicates a short stick rod or baton Serge MartichOsterman French Cane Fencing French canne The art of defending oneself with a walking stick developed in France by the 16th century but little practiced after the beginning of the 20th In cane fencing unlike singlestick the thrust was as important as the cut Also possessing no handguard the cane was much more maneuverable than the singlestick Cuts with the cane were usually given after one or more flourishes or moulinets French �twirls� which served to confuse an assailant and lent momentum to the cut The thrusts were similar to those in foil fencing but often carried out with both hands grasping the stick giving greater force and enabling the cane to be used at very close quarters French canes were made of tough wood about three feet one metre long and tapered toward the point In practice matches masks gloves padded vests and shin guards were worn Today organized cane fighting is overseen by the Comit� National de Canne de Combat et B�ton in Paris French Cane Fencing I have no fitting gifts to give you at our parting But take these staves They may be of service to those who walk or climb in the wild J R R Tolkien The Two Towers Weapons such as the La Baton a seven foot staff rod approximately one inch diameter were commonly practice by Savate practitioners It was particular famous among hillside and farming communities of France and Spain There is no particularly evidence on where the La Baton came from but it has been suggested that this weapon came into existence by farmers and sheep herders tools such as walking staffs and garden tools The more famous and popular weapon incorporated by Savate is the La Canne A 12 inch diameter flexible stick approximately 36 inches in length Savate combines traditional fencing motions along with kicking techniques when wielding this dowel shape stick at the opponent This weapon is fast and flexible making it a fierce companion Boxe Francaise Savate Yosemite National Park CaliforniaLooking east from North Dome 7450 feet towards Half DomeMike Garofalo Hiker 2006 Chinese Chan Buddhist Master Shoushan held up a bamboo staff before a group and said If you call it a bamboo staff you are clinging If you do not call it a bamboo staff you are ignoring So tell me what do you call it Wumenquan 43 Andrew Chase Cunningham was a fencing and self defense instructor attached to the US Navy during the early years of the 1900s In 1912 he produced a booklet on practical self defense with a walking stick under the title The Cane as a Weapon A PDF of that booklet has been floating around the Net for years but never attracted much attention probably because Cunningham only included 12 photographs of himself in various attitudes of defense with his cane as an appendix at the end of the booklet The rest of the booklet consists of large chunks of text and although its reasonably wellwritten without pictures its difficult to follow what hes saying An expanded reprint became available in 2006 including all of the original text and pictures plus a new introduction and 170 new photographs of the system in action which make it much easier to follow the technical instructions Cunninghams system was unusual in that it didnt just treat the cane as a substitute sword Acknowledging the risk of an attacker grabbing the cane if it was held in an orthodox fencing position Cunningham advocates three guard positions In two of them the cane is held low in the right hand with the left hand up in a boxing defense position and the third guard is a doublehanded grip on the weapon Targets defenses and attacks are sensibly chosen Cunningham was well aware of the defanging the snake principle and many of his parries are actually counterstrikes to the attackers hand or wrist usually followed by a combination of cuts and thrusts to the face throat or solar plexus area He also advocates striking to the attackers kneeshin region while sidestepping or retreating away from the initial attack Much attention is paid to using the cane ambidextrously quickly shifting grips from one hand to the other and to the different types of striking techniques snapping cuts halfarms cuts circular cuts etc The system is versatile enough to cope with attacks from an opponent wielding a stick knife or other short weapon or attacking with punches or kicks He offers some sensible advice about how to fend off a group of attackers and even discusses how to use a bowler hat as a shield in the offhand and how to fight off an attack by a dog Devon A staff is a large thick stick or stickshaped object used to help with walking as a status symbol as a component of traditional barrel making or as a weapon The plural form of staff was originally staves compare wolf wolves and knife knives and in British and International English this is still preferred In American English the usual plural form has become staffs except in fantasy literature The old English plural form staves collectively describes the wooden sticks bound by iron hoops to form traditional wooden barrels Examples of staffs in Western Martial Arts include the English quarterstaff and the French b�ton and there are many martial arts such as Italian Liubo based around such stafflike weapons The Indian Silambam staff has been used as a weapon since at least the 2nd century evident from references in ancient Sangam literature of the time The martial art associated with the Silambam staff is also known as Silambam This staff was later incorporated in several Malay martial arts such as Silat Wikipedia Staff Stick The Magical Staff Quotes Legends Lore The walking stick or cane has long held a place in mans history its roots leading back to the big stick wielded by prehistoric man as a weapon of both selfdefense and aggression Civilized man carried on the tradition Ancient Egyptians and Greeks represented their rulers and gods carrying staffs which symbolized authority These staffs became the scepters of kings during the Middle Ages The staffs role as an aid to travel was exemplified in the hands of pilgrims and shepherds These wooden staffs usually were heavy sticks about 5 feet long Very often the tops of the sticks held secret compartments for carrying valuables or for smuggling contraband Records show that silkworm eggs were smuggled into Europe via a hollow staff The first tulip bulb introduced into Holland also was reported to have made a similar entrance The Walking Stick in History Vigo County Historical Society Traditional European systems of stick fighting included a wide variety of methods of quarterstaff combat which were detailed in numerous manuscripts written by mastersatarms Many of these methods became extinct but others adapted and survived as folksports and self defence systems Examples include Portugals Jogo do Pau Frances b�ton fran�ais and Italys scherma di bastone Giuseppe Cerris 1854 manual Trattato teorico e pratico della scherma di bastone is influenced by masters of the Italian school of swordsmanship Achille Marozzo and perhaps Francesco Alfieri The French system of la canne is still practised as a competitive sport A selfdefense adaptation of la canne developed by Swiss masteratarms Pierre Vigny in the early 1900s has been revived as part of thecurriculum of Bartitsu British stick fighting known as single stick or cudgels was a popular pastime in the UK from the 18th to the early 20th century when it was included in the Olympic Games Although interest in the art declined a few fencing coaches continued to train with the stick and competitions in this style of stick fighting was reintroduced into the Royal Navy in the 1980s by commander Locker Madden The art continues to gain a small following amongst the martial art community in the UK Australia Canada and the US Some of the most advanced stick fighting systems come from the Philippines Filipino martial arts are known worldwide for their combat stick fighting systems The weapons vary in design size weight materials and methodology Baston or olisi eskrima sticks are traditionally crafted from rattan or kamagong Stick Fighting Wikipedia The staff makes the body a little lighterIf used the way its supposed to be usedAnd makes moving through the forest brighterIf skill and technique is not abused Three points of contact is the defensive shieldThat can cut down on many a fallWhen a stick limb or vine is suddenly revealedAnd a spill down a hill might call When heavy undergrowth does appearAnd penetration is the thing to doThe staff is the perfect tool to have nearTo create a path you can go through James Ebb Huggins Jr The Walking Staff The correct use of the bo sai tonfa kama naginata sword can produce a stimulating and practical means of extension training It offers a means of martial arts training and discipline Weapons training teaches the meaning of control timing distance and flexibility as one unit The practitioner is required to possess speed coordination strength and endurance in utilizing the respective weapons History of the Bo Staff Another advantage of carrying a cane is that criminals size up everyone they see for victim potential and when you carry a cane you look armed and dangerous because they are thinking of such things They will maybe find a less prepared victim At the same time to the general public you look totally normal and civilized even elegant If you have already trained in cane use and feel competent to defend yourself this will show in your bearing and body language which may deter a criminal attack But of course if you never learn how to hit hard nor develop your hitting power if you never learn how to keep an aggressor from taking it away from you your self defense capability is severely impaired Why wait until you need a cane as a mobility aid to start training in its use for self defense If you wait until you need a cane to learn its various uses and the self defense aspects you may not be able to achieve your full potential of skill and will lose out on the many fitness benefits available to the practicing student Any normally healthy 50 year old can learn a system for self defense with the cane and get hours of relaxing exercise while learning a skill that will help with your peace of mind when out of your normal experience If you want just self defense look for a teacher that has stripped the art out of the style If you cant learn the how to of a move in three tries it is probably no good for self defense If you cant perfect it in ten practice tries it is also probably too complicated to be practical If you want an extended exercise system with a lot of exercise and a life time of learning consider taking a martial art that teaches cane work or even as an addon to the cane work you have found Ted Truscott The Fighting Cane The traditional Yang style actually doesnt have many weapons In the main they are divided into two groups long and short handled weapons The short weapons are the 67move sword and 13move sabre Now the long weapons We used to include the long spear or Yang style 13move spear but later for safety reasons removed the spear head so that it became a long staff The techniques for the staff remain the same as the original spear form Later the long staff practice turned mainly into a way of training to emit energy fa1 jing4 This is usually referred to as dou3 gan1 or shivering staff Master Yang Jun Shaolin Kung Fu is famous for its staff which has become an unofficial symbol of Shaolin weapons Philosophically the Shaolin staff manifests what Shaolin Kung Fu stands for simple yet versatile hardy yet compassionate It is difficult to find a weapon simpler than a staff yet the techniques for other weapons like the spear halberd mace battle axe scimitar sword or dagger are all incorporated in staff training A staff like a Shaolin disciple is made for all seasons And though it is hardy its combat application is a hallmark of compassion since it is devoid of any sharp or pointed parts which can maim or kill an opponent Wong Kiew Kit The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan 1996 p 280 At the turn of the century a western European stick fighting system was enjoying the same degree of popularity as Eastern martial arts are today The French system of La Canne The Cane could be taught as a competitive sport as a method of selfdefense or as a combination of both There are numerous local and regional variants of the system in its early days involving different striking patterns and body movements Many of these depended upon the respective teachers background and other combative systems such as foil sabre broadsword even epee play frequently being supplemented with techniques taken from French boxing wrestling and even ballet In the last decades of the 19th century one La Canne instructor gained notoriety for his systems combative effectiveness His name was Pierre Vigny Little is known about his life That which we know is derived mainly from a very rare manual adapted and published by the Superintendent of Agency Police in Kathiwar Lang for the police constabularies of India Lang had studied Vignys system in Europe and taught it to numerous Indian policemen and instructors until it became the standard system for Indian police stick fighting displaying lathi and Salambam in the process Vigny developed his system from the cutting methods of sabre and broadsword combined with his hands from the notorious street thugs of Paris and encounters with hostile Apaches He writes that during these encounters he was able to ward off and defeat several Apaches using only his lightweight umbrella in a swordlike fashion In La Canne Vigny prefers a lightweight cane with a heavier end to use as a striking tool if the cane was made from Malacca or ash root with a natural thickening or branch knot at the end The rationale for his choice of a lightweight weapon He wished all blows to come from a whipping turn of the wrist believing that only a certain weight was required to hit if you attacked body parts that are particularly vulnerable He thus held that good speed generated power Vignys system did not include the numerous spins and acrobatic manoeuvres used in the modern sport of La Canne nor did he advocate shifting the stick from one hand to the other in combat The footwork and body positions of his system varied depending on the particular technique he was using Patterns resemble those of prizefighting and fencing At the turn of the century Vigny immigrated to New Orleans where his system became rather popular It is rumoured that Teddy Roosevelt was tutored in the Vigny system La Canne Jogo do Pau the stick game or stickfencing is a fighting style employing a simple staff approximately the height of the player in techniques of attack and defense In the generic sense stick fighting has been practiced throughout the world and was refined as a practical technique in some European countries such as Portugal France England quarterstaff and also in the majority of Eastern countries including India China Japan bojutsu Thailand Vietnam and Afghanistan In the latter nations that still preserve their medieval customs of combat any tourist who ventures a little into the interior of the country can witness bloody individual combats including interclan rivalries fought with staves Human beings have always had to fight to survive and humans have always employed tools The simple stick was almost certainly among the first tools to be turned to martial purposes as an instrument of attack and defense against animals As societies evolved from the nomadic hunting and food gathering stage conflicts arose competition over resources etc boiled over into personal combat and people created series of specific movements attacks and defenses with their utilitarian sticks The specific nature of these actions depended on geographic conditions as well as cultural and other factors This new fighting technique varied not only by country but also by the length of the stick or staff most commonly employed Few stick fighting methods were developed for staves over two meters in length Afghan and Indian forms of stickfighting included training and combat with a wide variety of wooden weapons of different lengths and timbers Other forms such as the English quarterstaff probably socalled because the fighter gripped his weapon with his right hand onequarter of the way along its length employed robust hardwood staves The quarterstaff 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 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 The various stick fighting styles and the combative matrix that they are part of generally in the rural areas each have a characteristic tone 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 The great difference between the Occidental and the Asian styles lies in the mentality with that they practice their techniques Jogo do Pau Journal of Manly Arts Well I carry my martial cane every day on my walk 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 Also it�s less dangerous to practice partners than edges or metal 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 Cloud Hands Blog 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 This was not necessarily a new concept Yu Dayou advocated it in his manual on staff fighting 1565 and its basis can be traced to Sun Zis Art of War c 476 B C This concept involves taking advantage of an opponents movement and thus might be perceived as a defensive approach to countering offensive action 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 Magical Staff Quotes Legends Lore The Chinese word gun 棍 pinyin g�n refers to a long Chinese staff weapon It is known as one of the four major weapons along with the spear saber and the sword called in this group The Grandfather of all Weapons There are various kinds of gun and these include from olden days Monkey Staff 猴棍 Biangan 鞭杆 Mad Demon Staff 瘋魔棍 Tianqi Staff 天齊棍 Staff of Five Tigers and Goat Herds 五虎群羊棍 Nunchaku 二節棍 Taiji Staff of Thirteen 太極十三杆 Taiji Quarterstaff 太極大杆 Taiji Staff 太極棍 Staff of Eight Trigrams and Seven Stars 八卦七星竿 Staff of Eight Fairies 八仙棍 Flail 槤枷 The types of gun normally used nowadays for exercises and competitions are the bailangan 白栏杆 and the nangun 南棍 Wikipedia Gun Staff Speak and you get Nantens staffDo not speak and you still get Nantens staff Zen Koan Take a look at the Zen painting of Nantens staff by Nakahara Nantembo 18391925 Zen Masters would pound their ceremonial staff on the ground when making a point during a lecture or discussion For more Zen Koans using the staff as a teaching prop see below Zen Staff by Unmon Sokudo 16901765 The literal English translation of tahn bong sul is short staff techniques This may seem confusing at first because we tend to associate a staff as something which is quite long A more figurative interpretation of tahn bong would be short stick However in order to maintain the integrity of the literal translation short staff will be used Tahn bong techniques can be found in martial arts styles in almost every country in the world Throughout Asia it is often one of the training tools andor weapons of fighting arts in many countries Japan Okinawa Philippines China Viet Nam Malaysia Indonesia Burma Thailand Korea and many more Tahn bong sul short stick techniques are helpful in developing concentration and physical awareness of techniques both in emptyhand and weapon training The tahn bong is versatile for quick blocks strikes traps disarms and counterattack movements It can be easily concealed as in being hidden in a jacket or behind ones back 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 Though specific training methodologies may vary from school to school and even from instructor to instructor the basic theories concepts and principles of tahn bong techniques remains constant Once educated in these methodologies an individual under the guidance of a qualified instructor is able to create an almost limitless series of techniques 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 Benko Ph D The walkingstick has features in common with several existing martial arts weapons The stick can be held in two hands and used like the bo or con quarterstaff to block and strike The techniques for jo or short stick are almost all suitable for the walkingstick The handle provides a hook which can be put to various uses much like the hooked kama The handle allows use of many of the techniques developed for the tonfa especially when the tonfa is held reversed The walkingstick can also be held on the handle with the shaft along the forearm reinforcing blocks like the tonfa Any techniques developed for swords rapiers etc also have application But unlike the above weapons the walkingstick can be carried anywhere in a nonaggressive manner and is thus a suitable selfdefence weapon especially for walkers The First Walking Stick Kata Remarkably most legends involving saints with a staff as their characteristic object tell us a tale featuring a key element of human existence water According to these stories the staff itself is an instrument enabling the saint to strike a wellspring Obviously the well itself became a site of worship and eventually even pilgrimage Either because it had been struck by someone who would later be a saint the association with the holy person or thanks to the Christianization of the sacred source or pool Gerard J Van Den Broek The Return of the Cane p 69 Dowsing The jo can be used to strike like a sword sweep like a naginata thrust like a spear yari Its two ends can be used unlike the single point of a sword and its maai fighting distance can be varied according to the hand grip you take Because of its speed and changeable maai it is a formidable weapon Muso ShindoRyu Jodo The most popular Shaolin Kung Fu tool was the staff A long stick that had a variety of uses and purposes It is a multipurpose implement that can be used for many things other than self defense A staff is used as a walking stick to carry loads on your back carry and transport two water buckets as a lever tent pole writing implement in the sand and many more This is also the weapon that almost all Chinese martial arts consider to be The Father of all Weapons It is also highly effective and recommended for all martial artists to learn There were of course many staff types as there are different woods people and ways of using But in general most staffed weapons can be but into 5 specific sizes general lengths all Shaolin weapon dimensions were measured in natural measurements relating to the user Dragon Staff app 1� person lengths or 8 to 9 footShaolin Staff app 1 person length or 5� to 6� footalso Rat Tail Staff very flexible Bai La WoodCarry Staff app � person lengthCudgel or Walking Stick app half person length and very stoutFlute Ruler app fore arm to fore arm and hand length Chinese Weapons The jo was also adapted by Morihei Ueshiba the founder of aikido to teach the principles of aikido His use of the weapon is called aikijo Aikijo resembles jodo in that both involve fencing with the jo but differs in the nature and purpose of the fencing Jodo techniques are often faster and sharper because angular attacks and defenses are part of its combat orientation Aikijo techniques are slower and softer because circular movements can blend with attacks and defenses and reduce the attitude of conflict Inserting and entwining techniques are not found to the same extent in aikijo as they are in jodo nor are the numerous targets of atemi waza Aikijo does have jotaking and jokeeping techniques but these are aikido throws in which the jo is incidental to the throw rather than essential to it Thus while aikijo is more limited than jodo because it has fewer targets and fewer kinds of movements it is also much broader in that its application does not depend on a fourfoot staff but on the fundamental movements of aikido D Zier and T Lang Jo The Japanese Short Staff 1985 One of the best tools to help in crossing treacherous terrain is a staff about 4 to 6 feet long and 1 12 inches in diameter Light dry wood such as a small jack pine cut to suitable length makes an adequate one A staff becomes a third leg in uncertain footing and often prevents a nasty fall With such a staff you can poke firmly into a stream bottom and by moving either one leg or the staff at a tirne never both together always have two legs to give you balance You can probe for holes big rocks or soft spots in the bottom of muddy streams If you are with a partner you can hold the staff between you and support each other In crossing the glacial creeks of the Far North a staff of driftwood or scraggly timber found on the spot often represents the difference between crossing or staying on the same side Such creeks even in midsummer have their source only a few miles away in the high glacial fields above When you ford them in early morning the creeks are low and clear the flow reduced by the cold of the night After a warm day they are roaring muddy demons three times as deep and vicious enough to roll rocks of glacial wash the size of buckets down in a seething boil that can often be heard for miles A good rule for crossing creeks and streams is to ford them either at the slow end of a deep pool or just before a long stretch of placid water breaks into a riffle At these two places the water will be shallower and the current slower Usually this is the widest parts of the stream A hiking staff is also useful in desert areas In some desert country like portions of Arizona there is a saying of the oldtimers that everything that grows either sticks or bites you This isnt literally true but poisonous snakes and insects and the various forms of cacti keep the hiker constantly on his guard He must continuously wind in and out among the sharptined cacti plants some of which would penetrate the tough hide of a horses leg and be on the watch for harmful reptiles A staff is useful for breaking an occasional spine out of the way or for defending yourself against desert rattlers Clyde Ormond The Complete Book of Outdoor Lore and Woodcraft 1964 The Aikido Jo is a straight smooth and round stick of Japanese WhiteOak roughly 4 feet in length and � to 1 inch thick It is a very versatile weapon able to be held and used either end and able to strike like a sword or strike by thrusting the tip to the target It also has a great defensive advantage with its long reach and repertoire of techniques that flow smoothly from one to the next in the hands of an experienced practitioner is also a very formidable weapon As with the bokken jo training is a very important part of Aikido Many of the jo movements are related to emptyhand movements so study of one helps the other It teaches us an extra dimension of distancing between us and the opponent and introduces us to the use of hip movement to create smooth easy flowing movement an inportant ability when faced with multiple attackers It is not entirely certain where OSensei derived the Aikido stave techniques from They are definitely different from ShindoMuso Ryu JoJutsu a style of stave techniques designed to deal specifically with attacks by a swordsman Many of the Jo techniques exhibit a similarity to yari spear and naginata halberd which OSensei is known to have studied Hozoin Ryu YariJutsu being one of them The Kashima Shinto Ryu also teaches jo naginata and yari techniques it is possible that Aiki Jo is a construction of OSenseis based uponthese known styles Stick Training When a peasant army appeared before the Shaolin temple gate Jin Na Luo a monk who tended the stove grabbed his fire stoker and laid it about him with such fearlessness and vigour that the Red Turbans scattered in utter confusion Jin Na Luo became known as the first of the Shaolin Staff Monk The Gun Staff was the first weapon ever actually used by the martial arts practitioners of Shaolin Temple Even today the art of handling the Gun is still the most profound and best known of any other weapon practiced at Shaolin Ancient Chinese Weaponry Jodo should be done to build ones character Jodo should be like a steering wheel The road is life There are all kinds of ways one can go down the road Use Jodo to steer as straight a course as possible through life Sensei Shimizu Takaji The three ways to develop strikes are 1 Solo striking Just hitting air This is the basis for learning the movement 2 Solo striking on a heavy bag Raise the bag high enough so you can hit the bottom of it If that is not possible make a TireMan or a similar workout dummy that is substantial and will give you feedback 3 Using a training partner with a focus mitt Don Rearic The Beginners Guide to the Cane Today it is not practical to walk the streets with any of the four weapons just described sword saber staffpole spear However a cane or walking stick can easily be adapted to many of the basic techniques of the four traditional weapons to devastating effect for selfdefense Some tai chi schools have developed walkingstick forms for this purpose Only a little creativity is required to make the conversion Bruce Frantzis Tai Chi Health for Life This Immortal was named Li Tie Guai and referred to as Iron Cane Li because of the iron crutch that he carried Li is always depicted as a beggar with a crutch The story is told that he had attained such a high level of magic skill that he was often called from Earth to the Celestial Heavens to perform his magic When Li traveled to the celestial regions he traveled only in spirit leaving his body on Earth in the charge of one of his disciples On one occasion Li was gone longer than usual and the disciple thought that Li had actually died So he burned his body When Li returned to Earth and found that his body was gone he looked for the body of a recently deceased individual to enter The only body he could find was the body of a lame beggar Li entered this body and thus is always depicted as a beggar with an iron crutch He also carries a pilgrims gourd and he is sometimes shown standing with a deer or standing on a crab It was said that Li Tie Guai possessed the supreme swordsmanship but most often appeared poor down trodden and acted like a clown not having a care in the world Lu ShuiTian said that Lis contribution to the Eight Immortals Sword was strategy because he appeared as a clown and beggar yet possessed the highest sword skill of all of the Eight Immortals Pa Kua Chang Lee Tie Guais direction is south and his element is fire He�s shown as a street beggar carrying a magic staff and an iron crutch His staff and the gourd that he also carries are symbols of medicine and he can create medicines due to his mastery of energy He�s a benevolent saint believed to help the poor and the sick He occasionally travels to the Heavens in the form of a dragon but also visits Earth when needed rising a chimera The Master with the Iron Crutch Li T�iehkuai Lee Tie Guai offers a striking contrast to the other members of the group Hideous hairy deformed and scantily clad in filthy rags he is the type of that repulsive legion haunting to the present day every city in China and preying upon a longsuffering public which is moved to the giving of alms not so much by pity as by feelings of horror and fear His recognized emblem is the bottlegourd or calabash that forms part of the equipment of every hsien and to the gourd is generally added a more distinctive object his crutch A mysterious vapour�a kind of fata Morgana�floats upwards from the mouth of the gourd and in its midst is seen the image of the sages hun which may appear in nondescript shape as in our woodcut or in the guise of a miniature double of his bodily self Sometimes the hun is replaced by a spherical object representing the Philosophers Stone In the form with which nature endowed him the sage Li T�iehkuai was a fine man of imposing presence While yet of tender age he heard Tao Choosing a mountain cave for his abode he set himself to the cultivation of mental and physical purity as taught by the Taoists Li Lao Ch�n Lao Tzŭ and The Master Wan Ch�iu used often to come down from heaven to visit his rocky hermitage in order to instruct him in the subject of his studies One day T�iehkuai was going to meet Lao Ch�n by appointment on Hua Shan and so he gave a pupil of his the following instructions My p�o said he will remain here while my hun goes upon a journey If by chance in seven days time my hun has not returned you may then burn the p�o The pupil received an urgent message to visit his sick mother and impatient of delay burnt his masters body on the sixth day The following day in due course T�iehkuai returned to find his p�o gone and no habitation left for his hun till he spied lying near by the corpse of one who had died of starvation Into it the wandering soul entered giving it new life and that is the reason why Li T�iehkuai instead of his original handsome appearance has now the loathsome shape of a cripple W Perceval Yetts 1916 The Eight Immortals In most Chinese martial arts schools the staff is called Gun and it is usually about five to six feet long In Taiji Quan practice however the staff is called Gan and often the sound �er� is added so that the word is pronounced �Ganer � It may also be called Da Gan Zi which means long staff or pole The length of a Gan depends on the height of the practitioner but it usually exceeds seven feet The bottom end of the staff is bigger than the tip The staff is made of wood called Bei La or white wax and the complete trunk of a single tree is used to make each staff When a whitewax tree grows to sufficient height it is cut down and given a special treatment to increase its toughness The wood has a naturally springy quality and a lot of tensile strength Because of this characteristic even a hard strike to a staff will not cause noticeable vibration in the hand of the person holding it When a staff is used for a long time its color gradually changes from white to a shiny dark brown because of the accumulation of sweat that soaks into the wood from the practitioner�s hands This makes the staff easier to manipulate and improves its overall effectiveness In Taiji Quan long staff practice is commonly called Taiji Zhan Gan or Taiji sticking staff It can also be called Taiji Nian Gan which means Taiji adhering staff Taiji Zhan Nian Gan which means Taiji sticking and adhering staff Taiji Dui Zha Gan which means Taiji stabbing staff or Taiji Shisan Gan which means Taiji thirteenskill staff In the term Zhan Gan Gan means long staff and Zhan means to stick or adhere In Taiji Zhan Gan then the staff practice that follow Taiji Quan principles a sticking or adhering skill is used to maintain contact between your staff and that of your partner at all times In olden times all famous masters intently practiced Zhan Gan daily and achieved a high level of mastery in sticking staff The basic principles of Zhan Gan are exactly the same as those of Taiji push hands One can think of the long staff as simply making one�s arms longer Although all push hands principles and skills apply to staff training the latter is more difficult than the former Traditionally people started to practice sticking staff only after they were adept at Taiji form and push hands training Sticking staff training not only increases one�s ability to use different kinds of internal force but also is beneficial for footwork skills and body movements especially for learning to move the waist Sticking staff training is the best way to understand highlevel Taiji Quan skills The long staff is a special weapon and it has unique features By tradition thirteen key words are used to express its primary functions They are Kai or open He close Fa launch Beng explode Pi chop Dian point Zha stab Bo move Liao raise Chan wind up Dai lead Hua slide and Jie interrupt The difference between Taiji staff skills and the staff skills of other styles is that all Taiji staff skills are based on Taiji Quan principles So all Taiji sticking staff techniques exemplify Taiji Quan concepts and derive from Taiji Quan principles To master staff skills you must understand the differentiation and balancing of Yin and Yang You must also understand the meanings of Zhan which is to stick upward Nian which is to adhere to Lian which is to link Sui which is to follow Ting which is to listen Yin which is to lure Hua which is to dissolve Na which is to control and Fa which is to launch The meaning of traditional Taiji Quan injunctions such as �to know yourself and your opponent �to lure in and fall into emptiness� to borrow force from your opponent and use his force to beat him back �to use mind rather than strength� �to use softness to defend against hardness� to use stillness to control motion �to yield yourself and follow your opponent� to launch later but reach first and �to use four ounces to defend against a thousand pounds� should be applied in all sticking staff applications Zhang Yun and Peter Kindfeld Taiji Sticking Staff Aiikijo teaches principles and concepts of aikido via the staff i e extension and showing quite graphically the movement of circles and spirals in technique Jodori vs Taijutsu like Shihonage kote gaeshi iriminage can all be expressed through Jonagedori one of the best I have seen show this relationship is Andy Sato head of Aikido World Alliance If you ever get the chance to train with him do so Secondly the 31 count kata which spawned the Kumi jo was Saitosattempt to simplify and standardize movements using sweeps strikes and tsukis that are both similar to empty hand and Ken the so call Riai of aikido These Katas that now are used teach the aforementioned Maai timing footwork and bear little resemblance to actual empty hand technique but do teach us movement principles that are fundamentally the same Now contrast that with SMR which has a totally different organization to its kata and uses the Jo completly different For example the thrusts done in SMR very different than in Aikijo as well most katas are Ken vs Jo secondly the rhythm of practice is different too Just like the rhytmn of daitoryu is very different than the rhytmn of Aikido practice Secondly the stance is different too SMR is there to teach you combative principles that in theory are there to provide you with the tools to be successful in a combative situation albeit rare that I will be attacked by a katana wielding person when coincidentally I have a Jo Whereas Aikijo is used as a supplement to my empty handed Aikido If I had my choice I would put more principles of SMR in Aikijo than the other way around Dan Hoover AikiWeb Forum Shintō Musōryū or Shindō Musōryū神道夢想流 most commonly known as Jodo 杖道 is a koryu old school of jojutsu teaching the art of handling the Japanese quarterstaff jo The purpose of the art on a purely technical level is to teach how to defeat a swordsman in combat using the jo and a vareity of weapons with emphasize on the proper distance timing and concentration The art was founded by samurai Musō Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi 夢想權之助勝吉 in the early 1600s and according to legend first put to use in a duel with Miyamoto Musashi The original art created by Muso Gonnosuke has evolved and been added upon ever since its inception and up to modern times The art was successfully brought outside of its original domain in Fukuoka and outside of Japan itself in the 19th and 20th century The spreading of Shinto Musoryu beyond Japan was largely the effort of Shimizu Takaji considered the 25th Shihanke and with the assistance of his own students who helped spread the art further in the world partially through the cooperation with the Kendo community first initiated by Shimizu Takaji The Kihon no Uchi Tsuki Waza or basic techniques are a system of twelve techniques drawn from the existing jo kata with minor modifications from the original kata and used as a way to better introduce a new student to jodo The kihon were systemized mainly by Shimizu Takaji at his Tokyo dojo in his effort to make jodo more appealing to new students and easing their introduction to kata training Shimizus peer Takayama Kiroku would bring the kihon techniques back to Fukuoka where they were formally adopted into Shinto Musoryu Shimizu Takaji also removed andor modified some of the more dangerous techniques and early kata so as not to cause injuries to newer students Kihon are trained both individually tandoku dosa and in pairs sotai dosa with the shidachi using the fo and the uchidachi using the sword Shinto MusoRyu Wikipedia Disclaimer Warning Practicing with Staff Weapons Can Be a Dangerous Activity for Adults Return to the Index at the Top of This Webpage Purchasing a Short Staff Jo Cane Walking Stick Sizing and Selecting a Short Staff Jo Cane Walking Stick Retailers and Vendors for Canes Walking Sticks and Short Staffs How to Choose the Size of Your Cane Suggestions from Fashionable Canes How to Size your Cane for a Correct Fit Suggestions from Cane Masters Sizing Your Cane or Wait Dont Cut Off Too Much Cane Sizing Techniques Comments Since I am 6 6 tall I prefer a cane for active walking that is 3 to 4 longer than determined by the first three procedures listed above When I reach out with the cane and touch the ground in front of my foot I like my elbow to be bent about 15� to 25� up from the extendedstraightened position If the cane is too short for me I have to straighten the arm too much and the end of the cane may not touch the ground where I want it Again I use a pure hickory heartwood cane Instructors Walking Cane 40 103 cm long and 1 2 54 cm in diameter from Cane Masters Others prefer a cane placed closer to the hip and leg so as to mostly be able to push directly down to lift the torso up or mostly to support an unbalanced body I prefer a curved crook neck wood cane to function more effectively and primarily as a walking stick for stability on uneven terrain fitness exercises and selfdefense Experiment yourself to find the best cane fit for your needs Since you can simply cut any solid wooden short staff down to the length you prefer purchasing a JoCane that is too long is not a problem without an immediate solution Sensei Fuchs told me that the length of the jo used in Aikido should actually be determined by the distance from the floor to under your armpit when standing up straight for me this is a 13 Hands Staff Another source said it should be equal to the distance of your arms fully extended to the side and the distance from left finger tip to right finger tip Short staff also named as Biān 鞭 Gān 杆 whip staff has a length of 13 times the width of practitioners hand Shifu Jiang says that the Wu Dang short whip staff is 13 hands long and the stafff for use in the Chen ShenPu Short Staff form is 13 hands long For me relative to the size of my hands and height 66=198cm my 13 Hands Staff is 54 long 137 2cm The Eye Brow Staff is a staff about the length from the ground to your eyebrow when you are standing up straight The Correct Length for a Jo Stave Mokuren Dojo Blog The story goes that Muso Gonnosuke founder of jojutsu received a vision from god during a prolonged fast at a temple God apparently told Muso that he would be able to beat Musashi if he would use a stick of certain dimensions The magical dimensions translate into metric as about 128cm long or into English as about 51 inches long Serious fanatical jojutsu guys are typically sticklers for this 128cm standard There is no flexibility in the standard for smaller or larger participants I am not a koryu snob I am more of the ideal of making jodo my own thing taking ownership of the art and I say that the standard is not magic It seems to me that you need a jo to be short enough that you can palm both ends and move your shoulders through a wide range and 68 inches longer than a normal 4042 inch bokken That seems to put the natural length of the jo between about 46 and 52 Our select ash is lighter in weight than the hickory But the ash is not as strong as the hickory Choose the ash if you are using the staff as a primarily thrusting weapon Fewer strikes While the hickory is heavier it is also more resistant to impact damage Pick the hickory if you plan on striking with the staff in your training Purpleheart Armories Company FAQ Anyone out there know of a company making a replica of the staff of the Monkey King used in the film Forbidden Kingdom Email me Mike Garofalos short staff weapons his favorites I am 66 198 cm tall and have practiced with a variety of short staff weapons over the years Currently I practice daily only with a cane I use an Instructors Walking Cane 40 103 cm long and 1 2 54 cm in diameter from Cane Masters This cane weights 1lb 2 oz 510 gm This beautiful martial arts combat cane is made of pure hickory heartwood has multiple notches at three key gripping points has a rounded hooked horn and has a rubber covered tip I also own the same Instructors Walking Cane made of oak a gift from my children This cane has a rounded tip to the crook The curved crook end is just a little wider and larger than with other canes The cane is thoroughly sanded and very smooth to the touch It does not attract any undue attention as a weapon and appears to be a ordinary sturdy and practical walking cane suitable for a big fellow like me Make no mistake however the Instructors Walking Cane is a true combat weapon as well as a practical walking stick Make sure it has enough length for your walking stride Most canes I see people use are a bit too short for a good walking stick I use this 40 pure hickory heartwood combat cane for all my weapons practice and adapt other short staff sword and broadsword routines and techniques for practice and performances with my hooked wooden cane The only weapon I practice with on a daily basis is a wooden cane and the only weapon I teach now in my Taijiquan classes is the cane Also whenever I take a long walk anywhere I bring my cane along I gave away all my swords sabers and longer staff weapons to my son My older students like the cane because it is very inexpensive unobtrusive ordinary easy to carry practical effective as a weapon and appropriate for older persons Many people practice with a straight wooden stick 3441 long 341 in diameter There is no curved crook end 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Through Time and Place By Jeffrey Snyder 2004 288 pages Canes Galore Cold Steel Stick Portal Custom Jo Staffs by Mark Taylor Diamond Willow Walking Sticks Dragon Walking Stick Cane high grade of high impact Polypropylene 39 5 inches from Cold Steel Dragon Walking Canes Dragon Walking Cane Fashionable Canes and Walking Sticks A wide selection of canes for sale online and useful information Custom Bo Staffs Created by Mark S Taylor Woodtrades Hickory Jo Manufacturer How to Walk Safely with a Cane By Sifu John Chow House of Canes Google Canes and Walking Stick Stores Karate Depot Martial Arts Equipment Bo and Jo Kentucky Walking Sticks Make Your Own Walking Sticks How to Craft Canes and Staffs from Rustic to Fancy By Charles Self 2007 128 pages Making Walking Sticks for a Hobby By David Dawson 2000 56 pages Martial Arts Mart Martial Arts Supplies Phoenix Walking Stick Company Pikes PoleAxes and Staff Weapons From Armouronline Purple Heart Wooden Swords and Staff Sakura Martial Arts Stickmaking A Complete Course By Andrew Jones and Clive George 2008 176 pages Superior Martial Arts Traditional Filipino Weapons The Walking Cane Store Walking Cane World Walking Sticks and Canes Books Walking Stick Shop Walking Sticks Catalog and Links The Sei Do Kai Catalog Walking Stick Manufacturing UTube Video 845 min Wampanoag Carved Walking Sticks Weighted Bars Hampton Gel Grip and CAP Difinity Toning Bars 50 long 5 8 10 12 15 and 20lb bars Weighted Bars Versa Bar Weighted Bars 4 long 12 18 and 24lb bars Wing Lam Enterprises Bo and Staff Weapons Workshops Seminars Lectures Demonstrations on the Cane Walking Stick Jo Short Staff Zengu Wholesale Martial Arts Supply A cane collector Return to the Index at the Top of This Webpage Mystical and Magickal Uses of the StaffShort Staff Cane Stick Wand Cloud Hands Blog Definitions Shujo or Shakujo A Buddhist priests staff made from wood and metal Green Way Blog Eight of Wands and Chaos Magic The Green Wizards Reading List Magical Staffs in Taoist Rituals By Chen Yaoting Magickal Staves One Druids Journey Rod of Aaron Staff of Moses The Staff Bibliography Links Quotes Notes Lessons The Spirit of Gardening Staffs and Wands Handcrafted Sticks Stones and Beyond Wikipedia Staff Stick The title of Monkey Pole or Monkey King Staff is a curious reference to the legendary Monkey King character from Chinese mythology The Monkey King is a mythical figure whose exploits are described in the 400yearold Chinese classic Journey to the West The Money King was an immortal a godlike creature who was characterized by mischievous acts and defiance of the ruler of Heaven His weapon of choice was a great rod of iron that he had stolen from the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea He bound the ends of his staff with gold and engraved it with the words Goldbound Wand of my Desires Imbued in the staff itself were magic powers that allowed it to change size from the finest of needles to a length that could span the distance between Heaven and Earth The mercurial nature of the Monkey Kings staff is said to represent the flexible nature of the Buddhist doctrine and its ability to be applied to all situations great and small Hung Chur Kwun The Hung Gar Monkey Pole Set Refer also to the major 2008 film The Forbidden Kingdom Jet Li as the Monkey King Monkey King or known to the Chinese as Journey to West written by Wu Chengen15001582 a scholarofficial is one of the renowned classical Chinese novels about an allegorical rendition of the journey mingled with Chinese fables fairy tables legends superstitions popular beliefs monster stories as well as whatever the author could find in the Taoist and Buddhist religions It was based on a true story of a famous Chinese monk Xuan Zang 602664 After years of trials and tribulations he traveled on foot to what is today India the birthplace of Buddhism to seek for the Sutra the Buddhist holy book When he returned to China or the Great Tang as was called that time he started to translate the sutras into Chinese thus making a great contribution to the development of Buddhism in China The Monkey King is an indeed rebellious extraordinary being born out of a rock fertilized by the grace of Heaven Being extremely smart and capable he learned all the magic tricks and gongfu from a master Taoist being able to transform a single hair from his head into seventytwo different images such as a tree a bird a beast of prey or a bug as small as a mosquito Using clouds as a vehicle he can travel 180000 miles in a single somersault and wields a huge iron bar that supposedly serves as ballast of the seas and can expand or shrink at its owners command his favorite weapon in his later feats He claims to be the King in defiance of the only authority over heaven the seas the earth and the subterranean world Yu Huang Da Di or the Great Emperor of Jade in Chinese Adapted from HaiWang Yuan Western Kentucky University Refer also to the major 2008 film The Forbidden Kingdom Master Tung Kwo asked Chuang TzuShow me where the Tao is to be found Chuang Tzu repliedThere is nowhere it is not to be found By tradition the Dragon Gate Quanzhen Daoist priests possess seven sacred objects �The first object is the meditation cushion which tames the monsters of the mind The second is the robe which subdues the mischievous mind The third is the bowl which holds only purified meatless food The fourth is a straw hat for protection against wind rain frost and snow The fifth is a horsehair whisk or fan for sweeping away the dust of the mundane world The sixth is a bag for carrying the sacred scriptures The seventh is a staff for clearing the obstacles that block the clear wind and bright moon of the Tao The priests will also apply the following cultivations in their daily life �When walking the gait should be like that of a crane and the body should move like an immortal floating with the winds When sitting the body should be still as a rock When sleeping it should be curved like a bow When standing it should be like a tall pine Your body should be as flexible as a willow in the wind and as relaxed as the petals of a lotus � Shi Jing and Shi Dao Introduction to Quanzhen Daoism and the Dragon Gate Tradition The Magic CircleBy John William Waterhouse Devi prachanda dora danda daityadarpa winashineRoopam dehi jayam dehiYasho dehi dwisho jahi Oh Goddess with your great staff you havedestroyed the demons of egoism and thought Grant me freedom victory fame and destroy all hostility Devi Puja Worship of the Goddess Krishna Das Pilgrim Heart Staves are a traditional prop for the elderly and infirm and this has led to their association with wisdom The ability of a staff to perform wonders is also featured prominently in the scriptures of Judaism Christianity and Islam Moses and Aaron in their task to liberate the Hebrews from Egypt and deliver them to the Promised Land employ staves The staves are capable of performing miraculous feats to demonstrate the power and authority of God Staves are also associated with wizards and other users of magic and sorcery Haraibou literal translation meaning purification stick were staves that were used by the miko Japanese female exorcists to fight demons in Japanese lore Wikipedia Staff Stick Cloud Hands Blog In Egyptian hieroglyphics the king was recognized by the staff he carried When Howard Carter in 1923 opened the tomb of young King Tutankhamen the archeologist discovered over 130 walking sticks many beautiful some made of gold and some elaborately carved�dating back to the year 1358 B C more than 3300 years ago Cane Quest Display of Canes from King Tutankhamens Tomb And the Lord spake unto Moses saying Speak unto the children of Israel and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods write thou every mans name upon his rod And thou shalt write Aarons name upon the rod of Levi for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony where I will meet with you And it shall come to pass that the mans rod whom I shall choose shall blossom and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel whereby they murmur against you And Moses spake unto the children of Israel and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece for each prince one according to their fathers houses even twelve rods and the rod of Aaron was among their rods And Moses laid up the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness And it came to pass that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness and behold the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded and brought forth buds and bloomed blossoms and yielded almonds And Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord unto all the children of Israel and they looked and took every man his rod Book of Numbers 17 19 �Then the Lord said to Moses �Say to Aaron �Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt over their rivers over their streams and over their pools and over all their reservoirs of water that they may become blood and there will be blood throughout all the land of Egypt both in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone � So Moses and Aaron did even as the Lord had commanded And he lifted up the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood The fish that were in the Nile died and the Nile became foul so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile And the blood was through all the land of Egypt Exodus 7 1522 Rod of Aaron Staff of Moses He guides me in paths of righteousness for his names sake Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with meyour rod and your staff they comfort me Psalms 2334 �When Pharaoh speaks to you saying �Work a miracle� then you shall say to Aaron �Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh that it may become a serpent � So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh and thus they did just as the Lord had commanded and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and his servants and it became a serpent Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers and they also the magicians of Egypt did the same with their secret arts For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents But Aaron�s staff swallowed up their staffs � Exodus 7 912 There are historical associations connected with it which give the staff a sentimental value if we look back to the first British Boy Scouts of a Culhulain armed with staffs the pilgrims or good turn trampers with their cockleshells and staffs the prentice bands of London with their cloth yards and their staffs the merry men of Robin Hood with bows and quarter staffs down to the presentday mountaineers warscouts and explorers these all afford a precedent which should have its romance and meaning to the boy if properly applied The ceremony of enrolment of the Scout can and should be made a moment of impressive feeling for the boy when he is invested with the hat and staff that mark the Scout and which equip him for his pilgrimage on that path where he turns up right and keeps straight on The officer who fails to use such opportunity is missing one of the most important chances in the Scout life of his boy He should expect of the boy a reverence and affection for his staffsuch as the swordsman has for his sword or the hunter for his rifle Let the Scout individualize his own staff even to decorate it in his own way if he likes but let him keep to his staff To jumble all staffs into a bundle and put them away in a corner after parade or worse to let them get lost and thus excuse their appearance on parade is to neglect a valuable help to the moral training of the lad Robert Stephenson Smyth BadenPowell The Scouts Staff Professional and patient centered organizations in fact most medical associations around the world including the World Health Organization use the correct and traditional symbol of medicine the staff of Asclepius with a single serpent encircling a staff classically a roughhewn knotty tree limb Asclepius an ancient Greek physician deified as the God of Medicine is traditionally depicted as a bearded man wearing a robe that leaves his chest uncovered and holding a staff with his sacred single serpent coiled around it symbolizing renewal of youth as the serpent casts off its skin The single serpent staff also appears on a Sumerian vase circa 2000 BCE representing the Healing God Ningishita a prototype of the Greek Asklepios The Caduceus vs the Staff of Asclepius Asklepian Basho said to his disciple When you have a staff I will give it to you If you have no staff I will take it away from you Mumons comment When there is no bridge over the creek the staff will help me When I return home on a moonless night the staff will accompany me But if you call this a staff you will enter hell like an arrow With this staff in my handI can measure the depths and shallows of the world The staff supports the heavens and makes firm the earth Everywhere it goes the true teaching will be spread Bashos Staff The Gateless Gate 44 The Song of the StaffBy Milarepa Listen my dear inquisitive patronDo you know who I amI am the Yogi MilarepaWho follows the ascetic wayI am a yogi great in strength and perseveranceWho has no limitation The staff in my handGrew on a huge rock It was cut by a sickle and becameA companion of wild stags It came from Nepal in the SouthFrom it I hung the Mahayana SutrasI take it with me to the marketplaceIt was offered to me by a faithful follower This is the story of my walking staff If you do not understand my meaningListen then with great care The stout end cut from near the rootSymbolizes being cut off from Samsara The thin end cut from near the topSymbolizes the cutting off of all doubts and confusions It is two cubits long and representsThe twin qualities of a Buddhist Of good quality and pliant it is likeThe original MindEssence good and sound The varnish of a pleasant brown is likeThe great harmony of the Original Mind Nature Straight and supple it symbolizesUnmistaken practice and devotion The tiny grooves you see representthe Perfection of the BodhiPathThe four joints in the caneAre the For Infinite WishesThe three knots symbolizethe Three Bodies of the Buddha It never changes color This representsThe immutable reality of the Root Principle Its head curved and covered displaysThe beyondplaywords nature of realityIts white glittering appearance showsThe Dharmakaya immaculate and pure The hollows symbolize the void nature of all beingsThe spots are a symbol of the sole Tig Le The scattered black marks indicatethat Tibetan yogis and RepasHave few disturbing thoughts This cane most excellent representsMy devotion and practice in compliance with the Dharma Its elegance and loveliness displaysMy disciples sincerity and faith The iron ferrrule on the tip conveysThe perseverance of yogis in the hermitage The handle wrapped with copper representsthe mastery and attraction of Dakinis The nail attached to the tip displaysThe bravery and diligence of yogisThe hanging brass ring representsThe increase of inner merits The ornament of Sha Bran hanging downIs the flexible understanding of the yogi The thong of two twisted ropes representsThe entering of the TwoinOne PathThe MotherandSon thongs interminglingThe meeting with the Mother of the Three Bodies The boneornaments hanging on the staffMean many travels for the yogi The flint and bellow signifyThat all he sees and meetsAre the yogis friends The white shell hanging on the staffMeans that I shall turn the Wheel of Dharma The rag of leather symbolizesThe yogis attitude without fear or shame The mirror hanging on the staffIs the Enlightenment that shines within The sharp knife indicatesThat the pain of passions will be cut The stonecrystal symbolizesThe purifying of defiled habitual thoughts The ivory chain hanging on the staffIs the ChainofRegard between Guru and disciple The set of bells symbolizesMy widespread reputationThe woolen cords of read and whiteThat my disciples will be numerous The handsome staff that now I holdIs the means and symbol of the conquest over evil beings Patron you ask me for the meaning of this staffThis proves you have sincerity and faith This present meeting witnessesOur pure wishes in a former life For mankind and Devas conceivers of all symbolsI have sung this Song of the White Staff Revere then and appreciate its Dharma teaching Dear patron I hope your practice Dharma And win happiness supreme Milarepa The Song of the Staff from The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa Translated by C C Chang 1962 1989 Volume One p 190199 Vajrayogini VajrayoginiVajravarahi ranks first and most important among the dakinis She is the Sarvabuddhadakini the Dakini Who is the Essence of all Buddhas Although there are a number of visual representations of Vajrayogini certain attributes are common to all She is mostly shown as young naked and standing in a desirous or dancing posture She holds a bloodfilled skull cup in one hand and a curved knife kartr or drigug in the other Often she wears a garland of human skulls or severed heads has a khatvanga staff leaning against her shoulder her usually wild hair flowing down her neck and back her face in a semiwrathful expression Her radiant red body is ablaze with the heat of yogic fire and surrounded by the flames of wisdom Vahrayogini The word danda besides signifying staff club stick rod has also the meaning of corporeal punishment chastisement subjection control restrain Selfcontrol is exercised by the danduas devotees not only by the way of fasting for a number of days which varies between 18 and 21 starting from the full moon of the month of Chaitra up to the beginning of the solar month of Baisakh but also by performing physical exertions of different kind Although all sections of population can take part in the rituals we find that in most villages where danda is performed the majority of the danduas are from the paik or martial communities2 and the pata dandua himself is the leader of the paik akhada of the same village It is certainly difficult to trace the historical reasons for this connection but elements of selfdiscipline physical fitness and vigorous dance involved in the performance of danda together with the fact that both forms of physical expressions placed in the background of the ShivaShakti cult can be brought to explain at least in part the cultural link Danda Ritual Five Elements Viparita Danda Viparita �inverted� danda literally �staff� or �stick � A staff given during investiture of the sacred thread A staff or sceptre as a symbol of power and sovereignty In the Devanagari script the danda is a punctuation character The glyph consists of a single vertical stroke In Hindi the danda marks the end of a sentence a function which it shares with the full stop period in many written languages based on the Latin Cyrillic or Greek alphabets Because of the shape of the danda glyph the word danda is also a slang term for penis Leaping Lanka Staff Scepter Sanskrit Danda Tibetan BerkKa dByugpa hprulgyis Many of the various staffs sticks and scepters occurring in depictions of IndoTibetan deities are often simply named danda a term that is rather ambivalent i e not discriminating between the specific forms shapes and symbolism associated with this attribute Although usually made from wood a danda is sometimes made from human bone Sometimes it is topped by a human skull at other times by a vajra in some cases by both Gada Club Danda In Chinese shamanism a staff represents the power of the universe With a staff a shaman had the power to pass on the universal knowledge to others Later when teachers took over part of the shamans job they always taught with a small staff in their hands like a shaman Master Zhongxian Wu Vital Breath of the Dao p 106 Li Tie Guai is one of the Taoist Eight Immortals Tie guai means iron walking cane Legend says his real name was Li Xuan There are many stories about him Originally he was a handsome strong tall man One day he told his disciple that he was going to meet Lao zi and would be gone for seven days If his shen spirit did not return to his body form on the seventh day his disciple should burn the body So he sat in deep meditation and his soul went to the meeting Unfortunately on the sixth day the disciples mother was in critical condition and he had to leave the temple to take care of her The disciple had no other choice but to burn his teachers body Soon Lis soul came back but could not find his body In the forest he found a man who had just died of hunger so he went inside He discovered the body had only one leg Just when he was going to get out of that body he heard someone laughing and clapping hands It was Lao zi who stopped him from jumping out of the body Tao does not care about the appearance he said This look of yours is fine As long as your hair is plenty you are still a real celestial Lao zi gave him a gold band to hold the messy hair and an iron walking cane Li Tie guai often carries a bottle gourd on his back when he comes to visit our world The bottle gourd contains herbal remedies that have magic powers and he uses them to cure people and save their lives Taoist Eight Immortals Eight Immortals The Daoist Rituals of the Pervasive Mystery and Numinous Treasure states all those who learn Daoism should master the NineSegment Staff It assists old people and saves people in emergencies and has different names It is necessary to know it The nine segments of the staff are named after the constellations namely the Taihuang Constellation the Yinghuo Constellation the Jiao Constellation the Heng Constellation the Zhang Constellation the Yingshi Constellation the Zhen Constellation the Dongjing Constellation and the Ju Constellation When Daoist priests make Magical Staffs they must select famous mountains and Blissful Realms clean the region and any ruins take clean bamboo facing south on an auspicious day measuring five chi and five fen long and containing nine segments and put it in a quiet and clean place On the days of Jiawu Bingwu and Dingmao or the third day of the third lunar month the fifth day of the fifth month the seventh day of of the seventh month and the ninth day of the ninth month the priests slightly bend the first segment of bamboo to the left and to the right slightly Then they open four holes below the the first segment to insert the secret names of the Four Sacred Mountains and open one hole in the center at the top of the bamboo to insert the secret name of the Sacred Mountain of the Centre Later they fill the middle part of the bamboo with Numinous Scriptures and seal the whole with wax Those who specially take the staff with them for cultivation fill it with the Talisman of the Five Emperors Silk fabrics with yellow figures are used as pouches that are just large enough to hold a staff In the rituals of Fasts and Offerings Daoist priests can summon spirits or heavenly generals and destroy hells according to rules with Magical Staffs made in this way Point to Heaven with the staff and the heavenly spirits will pay homage point to Earth with the staff and the Earth Spirits will welcome the Daoist point to the northeast with the staff and the bodies of all the ghosts will be controlled When the Ritual Master performs rituals he often hangs a small yellow sevencun long streamer under the second segment of the staff on which are written the title of the Heavenly Lord of Salvation from Misery in the Ten Directions15 and the Talisman of Mysterious Transformations of the Ten Directions The Great Law of the Numinous Treasure of the Highest Clarity by Wang Qizhen says that when the ritual master destroys hells he gazes at the staff and transforms it into a pillar in the form of the dragons head and the tigers tail The dragon is brilliant and holds a splendid streamer in its mouth Numinous wind and auspicious clouds coil around the dragon shining limitlessly Chen Yaoting Magical Staffs in Taoist Rituals Chinese Chan Buddhist Master Baqiao said to a group If you have a staff I will give you a staff if you have no staff I will take your staff away Wumen added It helps you across a river where bridges are out and gets you back to the village when there is no moon If your call it a staff you go to hellfast as an arrow Zen Master Wuzhou added Baqiao raised his staff startling all creation shrimp may fly past the heavens but eyebrows are still above eyes With this staff in my handI can measure the depths and shallows of the world The staff supports the heavens and makes firm the earth Everywhere it goes the true teaching will be spread Unlocking the Zen Koan A New Translation of the Zen Classic Wumenguan Translated by Thomas Cleary 1993 1997 p 195 The peerless master moves with his group from place to place in the mountains His small band contains two highly advanced American disciples After Babaji has been in one locality for some time he says Dera danda uthao Let us lift our camp and staff He carries a symbolic danda bamboo staff His wordsare the signal for moving with his group instantaneously to another place He does not always employ this method of astral travel sometimes he goes on foot from peak to peak Told by Swami Kebalananda to Paramhansa Yogananda in 1920 Autobiography of a Yogi p 294 A monk asked Whats the essential meaning of ZenXita replied You dont have Buddha nature The monk said What is sudden enlightenmentXita drew a circle in the ground with his staff The monk asked What is gradual enlightenmentXit poked the middle of the empty space three times with his staff Zens Chinese Masters 2000 p 208 Translated by Andy Ferguson Deshan said to the monks If you speak you get thirty blows If you dont speak you get thirty blows Yantou later said Old Deshan usually just relied on a white staff If the Buddha came he hit him If an ancestor came he hit him Why does he have so many students Zens Chinese Masters 2000 p 199 The moralityjewel inherent in the Buddhanature stamps itself on the mindground of the enlightened oneWhose robe is cut out of mists clouds and dewsWhose bowl anciently pacified the fiery dragonsAnd whose staff once separated the fighting tigersListen now to the golden rings of his staff giving out mellifluous tunes These are not however mere symbolic expressions devoid of historical contentsWherever the holy staff of Tathagatahood moves the traces are distinctly marked Sacred Buddhist Scriptures Unmon showed his staff to the assembly and said This staff has changed into a dragon and has swallowed up the heaven and the earth Where do mountains rivers and the great earth come fromHekiganroku Case 60 Unmons Staff The staff Danda is symbolic for the spine supporting the body Since mans emergence for the animal kingdom he has walked erect The levels of consciousness are in the spine where the life force is dominant The base of the spine Muladhara Cakra is the place where the Kundalini Energy Divine Coiled Serpent is located Khatvanga Staff with Skull on Top is symbolic of a pure or empty mind one which is free from preconceived ideas which block the way for new perceptions particularly Divine insight that is insight by intuition during meditation reflection or quietness In contrast to the perconceived ideas stands true knowledge which is knowing from personal experience Information is often mistaken for knowledge The skull is mounted on a staff the spine The Kundalini Energy can then rise in the Sahasrara The flow of the Divine energy through the staff or spine into the empty skull the mind free of preconceived ideas is an experience that shakes ones whole foundation Kundalini Yoga for the West By Swami Sivananda Radha Timeless Books 1978 p 41 With his staff across his back he pays no heed to menQuickly entering the myriad peaks he goes upon his way Fearsome and solitary in mien he does not boast of himselfBut dwelling gravely in his domain decides who is snake who is Dragon Zenrin Kushu Miura and Sasaki Zen Master Seung Sahn holding up the Zen stick asked Do you seeHitting the ground with the Zen stick he asked Do you hearHe then said Already you see clearly Already you hear clearly Then what are this stick this sound and your mindAre they the same or differentIf you say same I will hit you thirty times If you say different I will also hit you thirty times WhyKATZ Zen Master Seung Sahn Mayoku arrived at Shokeis place holding his staff He walked three times around the meditation seat of Shokei and then thumped his staff once Shokei said Right Right Later Mayoku went to Nansens place walked three times around the meditation seat of Nansen and then thumped his staff once Nansen saidWrong Wrong Mayoku asked Nansen Shokei said right Why do you say wrong Nansen said For Shokei it is right For you it is wrong Whatcomes from the power of wind in the end becomes broken and crumbled Gerry Wick and Bernie Glassman Book of Equanimity p 51 One of the standard themes of Zen art is the staff The staff is an allpurpose Zen tool a symbol of authority a walking stick an implement for imparting discipline This singlestroke Zen staff has no other writing on the paper but it is filled with seal impressions one of Unmon Sokudos 16901765 trademarks One interpretation would be that Sokudo is telling his students Anywhere you look I will be there ready to give you a good whack Shambhala Publications The bo or staff is one of the earliest tools to be used by man Initially it may have been merely a sapling or a long straight branch which was used for hunting animals for sources of food or fur hides The wooden staff also facilitated passage over rugged and mountainous terrain In an agrarian setting it served as a multipurpose tool for planting crops carrying supplies and transporting buckets of water for the irrigation of crops In the ancient records of Chinese martial arts the bo is discussed as the first weapon taught to the Zen Buddhist disciples who studied at the Shaolin Temple There are literary and pictorial references to Bodhidharma carrying a bo on his journeys as he taught Zen Buddhism in the regions near the Shaolin Temple One account from a biography on Bodhidharma tells of his death in 528 AD from the poison of a jealous monk It is told that three years later his body was exhumed due to rumors he had been seen travelling in the mountains of Central Asia Bodhidharma was said to carry a staff from which hung a single sandal He had stated he was on his way back to India When the curious monks opened his tomb all they found inside was a single sandal Ever since then Bodhidharma has been pictured carrying a staff from which hangs the missing sandal Sa Kwon Chinese Bo Legend of Bodhidharmas Damo Single Sandal on His Staff A monk asked Kenpo The one road of Nrivana leads into the ten quarters But where does it begin Kenpo raised his staff and traced a horizontal line in the air Here Disappointed the monk went to Ummon and asked him the same question Ummon held up his staff and said This staff leaps up to the 33rd heaven and hits the presiding deity on the nose then it dives down into the Eastern Sea where it hits the holy carp The carp becomes a dragon which then brings a flood of rain List of Koans by Yunmen Wenyan So I took the bright red stick and at the center of the nations hoop I thrust it in the earth As it touched the earth it leaped mightily in my hand and was a waga chun the rustling tree cottonwood very tall and full of leafy branches and of all birds singing And beneath it all the animals were mingling with the people like relatives and making happy cries The women raised their tremolo of joy and the men shouted all together Here we shall raise our children and be as little chickens under the mother sheos prairie hen wing Then I heard the white wind blowing gently through the tree and singing there and from the east the sacred pipe came flying on its eagle wings and stopped before me there beneath the tree spreading deep peace around it Black Elk Speaks 1932 p 29 as told to John G Neihardt Whirled by the three passions ones eyes go blindClosed to the world of things they see again In this way I live strawhatted staff in handI move illimitably through earth through heaven Ungo 15801659 Jodo should be done to build ones character Jodo should be like a steering wheel The road is life There are all kinds of ways one can go down the road Use Jodo to steer as straight a course as possible through life Sensei Shimizu Takaji Shuzan held out his short staff and said If you call this a short staff you oppose its reality If you do not call it a short staff you ignore the fact Now what do you wish to call thisMumons comment If you call this a short staff you oppose its reality If you do not call it a short staff you ignore the fact It cannot be expressed with words and it cannot be expressed without words Now say quickly what it is Holding out the short staffHe gave an order of life or death Positive and negative interwovenEven Buddhas and patriarchs cannot escape this attack Mumonkan 43 Chinese Chan Buddhist Master Shoushan held up a bamboo staff before a group and said If you call it a bamboo staff you are clinging If you do not call it a bamboo staff you are ignoring So tell me what do you call it Wumenquan 43 Shifu Miao Zhang Points the Way The Wise Teacher with the Magic Wondorous Amazing Powerful Staff Shifu Miao Zhang 师傅妙杖 Sayings and Answers to Questions by Shifu Miao Zhang Mayoku walked around his old Daoist friend Shifu Miao Zhang 师傅妙杖 three times and then thumped his staff on the ground Maio Zhang stood up walked around Mayoku once tapped his cane three times on the wall and said The power of the wind can topple trees and is gone by morning My cane can cut through the wind Zhaozhou who had been in poor health asked his friend Miao Zhang Do the bees have Buddha nature Miao Zhang smiled and said The roses are so fragrant today and the cherries so sweet Lets walk in the garden and leave our crutches behind Gathering together in an orchard of blooming sweet lime trees the students waited for their esteemed teacher Kasyapa Slowly walking down the dirt path relying on his danda walking staff for balance Kasyapa joined his students He sat quietly for a long time enjoying the fragrance of the lime blossoms Finally he raised his danda staff Everyone stared at Kasyapa serious intent focused and silent Only Shifu Miao Zhang smiled and then lifted his cane and pointed at a lime blossom Kasyapa pointed his danda at Shifu Zhang Another transmission was completed The sacred thread remained unbroken Nanchuan asked Miao Zhang Is Ordinary Mind the Dao Miao Zhang said No My mind is not ordinary so the Dao is a dream within a dream My cane is ordinary so it walks with me along the Watercourse Way pointing to the Abode of the Dao in the new forest Zen Master Seung Sahn held up his staff in front of old Shifu Miao Zhang and said Then Miao Zhang what are this staff this sound and your mind Are they the same or different If you say same I will hit you thirty times If you say different I will also hit you thirty times WhyMiao Zhang lifted his cane slowly grounded himself prepared to block a strike and then said Dont know Same or different nobody can hit the sound of our minds Zen Master Shuzan held out his short staff in front of his Daoist friend Shifu Miao Zhang and said If you call this a short staff you oppose its reality and are clinging If you do not call it a short staff then you ignore the fact Now what do you wish to call thisMiao Zhang smiled dropped and pointed to his cane and said Yesterday it was a wooden walking stick that helped without speaking Tomorrow it may become firewood crackling in the flames Zen Master Yunmen Wenyan and Shifu Miao Zhang were walking together in the hills behind the monastery one cloudy autumn afternoon It began to rain steadily on the two old friends Yunmen said �My staff has changed into a dragon and is swallowing up the heaven and earth So my friend where do mountains rainfall rivers and the great earth come from�Miao Zhang was quiet for awhile stopped on the trail and then held his cane in his hand with the tip pointing to the sky He said �Yunmen as for the source of their coming the tip of my cane points to the fecund depths of vast emptiness the crook end to the endless intermarriages of ten thousand realities and my hand grasps the heartwood of the ordinary mind So my friend Yunmen where are they all going� Xita asked Shifu Miao Zhang What is sudden enlightenment Shifu Zhang threw his staff on the muddy ground Xita asked Miao Zhang What is gradual enlightenment Shifu Zhang stomped on his staff three times Zen Master Ummon held up his staff in front of his Daoist friend Shifu Miao Zhang and said This staff leapt up to the Eighth Heaven into the hands of the lame Zhong Kui who used it to awaken the Green Dragon in the Eastern Sea Miao Zhang said Ummon your poetry is lovely but my gnarled cane cannot hear you Toju Zenchu brandished his staff before Daoist Shifu Miao Zhang and challenged him Miao Zhang speak and you get whacked with Nantens staff Do not speak and you still get whacked with Nantens staff Shifu Zhang stood up quickly lifted his cane strongly in defense and quietly said Yunmens shit stick stinks and Nantens staff is cracked I am leaving now to take my evening walk Goodbye Michael P Garofalo Shifu Miao Zhang Points the Way Zen Master Hakuin 16861768 painted a Dragon Staff with horsehair whisk attached He would give this painting to his lay students who passed the Zen koanWhat is the sound of one hand clapping Return to the Index at the Top of This Webpage Workshops Seminars Retreats Demonstrations in 2015Cane Jo Walking Stick Short Staff What Where When Who Send information to Mike Garofalo and I will list here Return to the Index at the Top of This Webpage TechniquesMartial Arts Techniques for Short Staff and Cane Using One Hand or Two Hands on the Wooden StickStrikes Swing Strikes Chops Crook Strikes Pokes Punches JabsBlocks Sweeps Pull Downs Spinning and TwirlingInstructional Tips Tools and Suggestions 1 General Techniques Martial Arts Techniques for the Cane and Short Staff By Michael P Garofalo M S Valley Spirit Taijiquan Red Bluff California Includes Strikes Blocks Sweeps Chops Crook Strikes Pokes Punches Jabs Pull Downs Spinning and Twirling This document provides a bibliography links and resources The document includes a brief description for each short staff andor cane technique Specific citations to standard reference works are provided for techniques Directional schemes counting in various languages and various school charts for staff 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