Cane, Walking Stick, Short Staff
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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 Tiancai's support. "Traditional Tai Chi Eight Immortals Cane is a very special Tai Chi routine. A walking cane is an everyday, common object, but is also a handy weapon in self defense! This routine is based on the characteristics of Tai Chi postures with the traditional Taoist "eight immortals" cane/stick martial function. It is fun for any age level to learn. Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai created the Chinese brush writing calligraphy for this routine. Detailed instruction by Master Jesse Tsao is in English with front and back view demos, as well as martial arts applications. It is a good reference for home study, or a resource for instructor's teaching preparation. Suggest 30 class hours. (Difficulty: Beginner through Advanced Level). DVD, (64 minutes). There is a streaming version available through Amazon.