Based on Chinese Yoga with Staff by Grandmaster Shifu Jiang Jianye
I had been practising/teaching tai chi for almost two decades and had been practising a sword routine for roughly half of that time. However handling a full weight sword was becoming difficult due to weakness in my wrists and I started looking for a weapons routine that was less stressful.
I had also started doing a restorative form of yoga with gentle stretches and lunges... so in 2016 was open to exploring a "yoga" staff routine on DVD when I couldn't find any suitable staff routines on Youtube, etc.
I purchased a copy of the instructional DVD:
In his staff form the emphasis is 95% on relaxation through movement, with stretches normally held for 3 seconds, and is about breathing even more than the movement. Over the next couple of years my colleagues and I have adapted the routine... as much to suit my need for restorative techniques as anything... using both staffs cut from electrical conduit and adjustable length walking sticks.
We're learner/practitioners, not Grandmaster class, but since the original DVD does not seem to be available anymore, we have posted some resource materials here in case other yoga/tai chi practitioners are interested in relaxation through movement with a staff.
Remember to check with your GP or other health practitioner before starting any new physical routine, and/or if you have any difficulties when practising the routine(s). And only go as far as is comfortable; the idea is to relax through movement not suffer pain!
The following resources are based on our adaptation of Grandmaster Shifu Jiang Jianye's form. Refer to his DVD for a full explanation of the purpose of each exercise, etc.
Other resources we've found useful:
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