- Hold the staff at the end for maximum reach
- Both palms down or one down, one up
- Basic position is roughly parallel to floor and held about shoulder height
- Staff is parallel to your chest
- Hands about shoulder width apart (maximum reach and wrist flexibility)
- Point of the staff is aimed at your target
- Hit as if you were doing a pushup – both arms extend simultaneously
- Strike starts by moving forward. The recovery back to ready position happens AFTER the strike, not before.
- Fire the arms fast (almost like you are throwing). “Rip” the shoulder.
- Roll the hit – the tip of the weapon describes a flat ellipse during a full strike
- When stabbing, also roll the weapon
- When hitting or stabbing, keep the weapon parallel to your chest
- Involve the body in your hit. Drop your weight or, rise with the hit.
Zoning / Suppressing
- “Zoning” means you hit to a specific target
- The rolling / elliptical motion of the strike allows for the power of a follow-through with the fast recovery of a focused / stopped strike.
- “Suppressing” means you stop the weapon before it completes its path to the intended target
- Full rolling hit with both feet pinned (use body drop or rise)
- Full rolling hit with one foot pinned and other foot stepping
- Two full hits to same point, lead foot stepping forward and back (so, the strike when the foot lands in the back position has to be longer)
- Work suppressed hits followed by a second hit or stab
- Same as above with rolling stabs.
- Work rolling stabs with sliding footwork (rear foot is launch for shuffle step)
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