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Amazing Staff Fighting Techniques

Mar 25, 2008
What with all the many different and often romanticized fighting styles, staff fighting is a discipline that isn't getting much attention.

You don't have to look far to get a glimpse of other weapons-based martial arts, which gets a lot of attention thanks to TV shows, movies, and other media. Unfortunately, few people can tell you much about staff fighting techniques. The staff can be a devastating and highly effective weapon; if this were more well known, it would get more coverage.

Still, staff fighting is slowly getting more attention lately. There was a recent feature on a popular TV program that described the different weapons wielded in martial arts that showed just how powerful a simple piece of wood can be when wielded in the hands of an expert.

You don't want to mess with someone who is trained in staff fighting techniques: A properly wielded staff can deliver strikes that sweep, glide, jab, and crush skulls. If you have little or nothing with which to block a twirling staff, the outcome of the battle is almost decidedly in the staff fighter's favor.

Although the staff is an impressive weapon for offense techniques, it also makes an extremely useful defensive weapon.

Whether your opponent throws a punch or a kick at you, you can use the staff to block or parry virtually any strike. If you're unfortunate enough to get caught in a hold, you can even use the staff to break out of it.

The staff has been used as a powerful weapon by many cultures around the globe, and each one has developed staff fighting techniques unique to their country.

For example, China developed lots of methods and techniques for staff fighting. The staff is an integral part of China's wushu or war arts style.

The Japanese have their own staffs of different lengths. The 4 foot long staff is known as the jo, while the han-bo (half staff) is only 3 foot long.

Staffs are also used as fighting tools by Koreans, Filipinos, East Indians, and even the English, who used an eight foot long piece of wood called the quarterstaff.
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