Dating walking canes


By "short staff" I mean a straight wooden staff or cane from 30" to 50" long.I welcome suggestions, comments and information from readers about good resources, links, books, pamphlets, videos, DVDs, VCDs, schools, workshops, events, techniques, forms, etc.. In 2013, I will be learning by studying, practicing, and documenting four different aspect of the cane.

Fashion Walking Canes For a long time, walking canes had a functional aura but all this changed during the late 16th century in Europe when they emerged as a fashion accessory.

This is when fashion canes gained popularity and exotic selections like the Malacca Cane and ivory handle canes generated a lot of interest.

First, I will be learning and practicing the Chen Style Taijiquan Dan Dao (Broadsword) 23 Movement Form with my cane; and the Shaolin Cane by Master Ten Mancuso.

Second, with my cane, I will continue practicing the Eight Immortals Tai Chi Cane Form, Routine 1, based on the Yang Style of Taijiquan, as taught by Master Jesse Tsao; and the 32 Standard Sword Form.

Drawn, the sword is 85.5cms long, with a blade length of 69cms.