Courses of Study and Costs - Xing Yi Chuan
We are currently teaching only a very few Xing Yi Chuan sets - all four of them involve weapons, so
someone wishing to seriously study Xing Yi should seek another teacher. Present offerings: Hebei
Five Elements staff, sword, saber and spear.  It is possible chicken sickle sabers (Ji Zhua Lian 鷄鐮)
will be taught in 2017. There is considerable variety in sabers - one may choose wood or several
types of metal as well as whether to get a scabbard or not. So prices might range from $25 to
$75 or more. The staff set uses a normal staff - one can choose between graphite (different colors),
red oak, stainless steel, white oak, rattan ... Traditionally, this staff should come to your eyebrow.
They vary a great deal in price - from $20 up. We suggest visiting a store and trying several, or
trying to borrow from a classmate. A basic waxwood shafted 78 inch spear with steel spearhead and
red tassel is about $40. You can buy spearheads and use any number of materials (see the list for
above - plus copper, brass ...) for the shaft. There is a wide variety of swords available and the choice
is really up to the buyer. All weapons used for Xing Yi Chuan can be used in Shaolin, Tai Chi
Chuan and other arts except Bagua. Note that one need only buy a weapon when it is to be studied.
Hauling the long weapons around is tedious, so one usually one practices at home with a personal 
weapon and uses a borrowed weapon at class. You would bring your personal weapon to
exhibitions. Besides photos, the Weapons page has links about transporting, bags, covers, flags and
tassels. No special clothing needed for Xing Yi classes - a t-shirt and shorts or comfortable pants will
suffice. Socks with either kung fu or normal athletic shoes will be satisfactory. For more formal
events silks or satins would be preferred. Currently, no plans to teach Xing Yi Chuan double
swords or double sabers as I have never heard of anyone doing such sets (a great pity). Likewise,
no plans to teach Xing Yi Iron Palm for much the same reason. If a teacher appears ...
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