1. Arm rings - these are usually a torus (donut-shaped) that is
made of brass and sold in pairs. The rings vary in weight and
size - small rings weigh 0.9 pounds and have a 3 inch
inside diameter; medium rings weigh 1.15 pounds and have a 3.25
inch inside diameter; large rings weigh 1.35 pounds and have an
inside diameter of 3.5 inches.
2. Dragon Claw rings - also brass and also sold in pairs.
They weigh 2.55 pounds and have a 4.5 inch inside diameter. They
are lifted by opening the whole hand as far as possible and then
squeezing the ring with all five fingers. Then the ring is
lifted about 12 inches off the surface and moved in a circle
clockwise and then in another full circle counterclockwise
before being returned to the surface.
3. The Judge's Paperweight is a brass cylinder about 1.5 inches in
diameter and six inches long. It is lifted along the two axes
with one hand at a time doing a pair of lifts.
4. The Chi Na Stones - training with these conical-shaped
objects starts with a white colored stone that stands about 10
inches tall and weighs 9 pounds. The green stone stands about 12
inches tall and weighs 13 pounds. The black stone stands about
14 inches tall and weighs 17 pounds.
5. We also teach Tai Chi Ball - instead of using solid stone or
solid wood balls (the latter are available from Kuenway in
Vancouver) we teach with ordinary playground balls because they
are much cheaper and much safer.
6. We teach tai chi ruler (the three shorter straight pieces in
the photo), tai chi bang (the three longer pieces) and bent bang
(the v-shaped piece). We personally prefer a three piece tai chi
stick (zhang) which screws apart and together for the stick