Weapons night
Taijiquan syllabus

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Taijiquan beginners need to purchase the weapons. Start with a rubber knife.

Not for everyone

Weapons training is not suitable for everyone. To study weapons a student must be healthy enough to undertake the training.
There is no martial training in the tai chi for health syllabus therefore tai chi for health students cannot train weaponry.

Cause for concern?

If Rachel feels that a student is
unfit for weapons practice, she may ask them to undertake a physical.

Weapons work in our curriculum

Waller teaches:

Sabre form
Walking stick form
Jian form
2-person cane drill
2-person short stick drills (5)
Knife drills (13)
Stick drills (20)
Sword drills (15)
Chin na against a knife
Countering a knife
Escape from a knife hold
Improvised weapons
Shuai jiao against a knife
Sabre form applications
Walking stick form applications
Jian form applications

You can work your way through all of the weapons.


We offer weapons practice between 8:00 - 8:30 PM on the final lesson of the month. This gives students a new drill or two to learn every session, and plenty of time to practice at home between classes.


You must supply your own weaponry. Please purchase from the suggested supplier(s) to avoid getting substandard products:

  1. Rubber knife (CIMAC)

  2. Foam-covered plastic jo stick, sawn to navel-height (CIMAC)

  3. Foam-covered plastic escrima stick (CIMAC)

We do not loan equipment to students. These goods can be purchased on-line or via the class. It is not necessary to buy these weapons all at once. If you only have a stick, then bring that.
You will need a weapons case or cloth in order to transport the weapons discretely to class.

Your weapons

Don't be tempted to share your weapons with other school members. They are your property, your responsibility. If anyone asks to borrow your weapon,
Sifu Waller instructs you to say NO.
This will encourage self-reliance on the part of the inquirer (and avoid any awkwardness should your loaned weapon become damaged).


If you break another student's weapon, be sure to replace it with a new one. This is a matter of courtesy and is not subject to debate.

Transporting your weapons

Show some common sense when carrying the weapon to and from class. Wrap the weapon or carry it in a case. Avoid drawing attention to yourself.


Should a student encounter serious coordination problems or represent a danger to themselves or other students, they will be moved to the tai chi for fitness group.

Taijiquan fighting method

Beginners are not taught how to use a weapon in combat. Limited 2-person exercises will be explored but no 2-persons sets or weapons form practice. Combat comes later in the syllabus.

Please read

Weapons eligibility

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Page created 2 March 1995
Last updated 29 April 2020