- Feiyue/ Top One/ Lutai:
- These are the shoes that we used while I was training in China and I still use them in my training. They are great for martial arts training because they are light and flexible, which means there is minimum interference with the natural movement of your feet, but they are also slightly rounded on the bottom. Some people don't like using them for Tai Chi for that reason, however I find them ideal for Tai Chi because they keep you honest about your balance and rooting. If it's off at all, these shoes tend to let you know, but not so much that it interferes with your training. The canvas top allows you to do deeps stances without any shoe material putting pressure on your ankles and limiting their flexibility. They offer almost no support other than a small amount of cushion and are mostly there to be a barrier between your feet and the ground. These are the shoes I recommend to all of my students.
- Cloth Tai Chi shoes:
- These shoes are not my favorite for training, since they cannot hold up particularly well to vigorous training. However, I love wearing them as regular shoes. They are light, breathe well, and feel like they are hardly there. Try them as Tai Chi shoes if you like, but using them as every-day shoes is where they really shine.
- These "kung fu" pants are the ones I recommended to all of my students and the ones I used while I was teaching and I still use them. They are light weight enough for use in warmer weather and sturdy enough to last during training. My only complaint is the elastic in the ankles tends to give out after several months. However, that can be fixed by feeding a string through the ankle of the pants and using it to hold the ankle of the pants in place.
- 100% Cotton Uniform
- This uniform is the same as the uniforms I had my students order to train with me. It is a no-frills, sturdy uniform that will hold up to casual use or more intense training and it looks quite nice for such a straight-to-business uniform. I still have one that I ordered several years ago and, while it is starting to show its age, it is still very sturdy and usable. These uniforms are a great investment for having a dedicated training outfit that can take the abuse of training so you can save your other clothes for less intense use.
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- Yang Tai Chi Saber: I have not trained with this particular sword. I could not find my sword on Amazon. This is the closest thing I could find.
- Wooden Practice Saber (bokken): very good for partner practice drills.
- Practical Tai Chi Straight Sword (Jian): This is the Tai Chi sword I practice with. It is made of quality materials, it is very sturdy and a pleasure to work with, and it is affordable. I have trained with plenty of cheap blades and understand how frustrating it can be to do so. This sword gives the feel and durability of an expensive sword without breaking the bank, which makes it a perfect practice sword. I highly recommend it.
- Wooden Practice Broadsword (Dao): These are great for practicing forms and will hold up to light partner practice, but are better for solo practice.
- Wooden Tai Chi Straight Sword (Jian): These are great for practicing forms and will hold up to light partner practice, but are better for solo practice.
- Dit Da Jow training liniment: Used for bruises and joint health when conditioning the body and hands for combat.