Desert Dao Taichi - Auxiliary Training
Having completed all of the Single Forms, as well as the the three section Taichi Form, the next step in the student’s training is to move on to the Taichi
weapons, or Auxiliary Training. The Single Form practices are like the frame of a house, and the Auxiliary training is like the siding, windows, and other trim to complete
the house. These are not "weapons forms" but rather extensions of your energy practice, designed to strengthen and enhance your energy flow. All of these can
also be used in Two Person Practice.
Currently, Classes on Taichi Sword, Knife, Staff and other Auxiliary Training are available in the Tucson area. If you have an indoor
location where you would like to offer this class, see the contact information below. The cost of the class is $30.00 per person. Ability to perform the Long Form
preferred, or some comparable experience. For more details, inquire
The Taichi sword is a flexible, double edged sword, generally unsharpened for practice purposes. It is important to get a sword that is flexible along the whole
length of the blade, as well as being well balanced. Many inexpensive swords only vibrate along a small section of the blade, and are generally blade-heavy. If possible,
consult a qualified instructor to help you locate a good source to purchase your sword from.
The Taichi Sword is associated with the water element, and is a very graceful, flowing form. Practicing this form will teach you to flow the energy outside of your
body to the tip of the sword, as well as feel the vibration of the energy. The training will also help you to develop greater sensitivity to the flow and vibration of
the internal energy. This is a natural next step after your Single Form practice. It is generally recommended that you have completed the three section Long Form, before
starting Taichi Sword training as many of the concepts and movements learned in the Long Form are required to learn the Sword Form.
The next step in your auxiliary training journey is Taichi Knife, also known as the Taichi Broadsword. A good Taichi Knife is very difficult to find, as you want
one that weighs about six pounds, and, as is required of the sword, is well balanced. These are also unsharpened for practice purposes. Most inexpensive Knives, are too
light and extremely blade-heavy. As with the Taichi Sword, a qualified instructor may be able to help you locate a source to purchase from.
The Knife Form is associated with the element metal. This form features very dynamic movements, and due to the weight of the knife, teaches you to use the
whole body in your movements, not just your arm. To do this, all movement must originate from the Dan Tian, and be driven by the waist, an essential concept to
master in your Taichi practice. The Knife also improves your Single Hand Push practice, as many of the requirements for doing the Knife Form correctly are directly
related to Single Hand Push practice.
Taichi Staff & Spear
The exercises for the Taichi Staff and Spear are the same. The staff is shorter than the spear and vibrates at the tip, where the spear is longer, has a point and
tassel on the tip, (see picture at the right), and vibrates in the center. These are generally made out of waxwood, and tend to be easier to obtain. Once
again, try to consult a qualified instructor for a source, as well as instructions on how to treat the wood once you purchase one.
The staff and spear are designed to develop power. The staff is associated with wood, and the spear with fire. Using these helps develop a strong vibration over
distance in a very focused manner. Like the other types of Auxiliary Training, these both will improve your energy flow and sensitivity.