The art of the staff is an ancient one so it is not uncommon to think that such a tool would have many spin off's. Dozens or even hundreds of these staff based weapons survive today making up the fundamentals of many of the martial arts we know. Some are used in combat and fighting. Some are used in training (the three section staff develops speed and coordination) but mainly the one's that we remember are used in combat. So here for your viewing pleasure is a brief summary of the staff based weapons that we use and a short description of each, and possibly and art gallery of images of two. Enjoy!
Now this staff right here is a fun little toy. On each end is a chain that measures approximately one and one half foot long, they are connected to the staff by a swivel mechanism similar to the kind that you would find on nunchaku and they prevent it from catching and stopping the chains. The chains are connected to the staff under the copper end caps, the staff it self measures slightly over 4 and three quarters feet. This one is intricately wood burned with designs that are not visible in the picture but are there nonethe ess. It weighs close to five pounds and when fully spinning its total length can increase to more then seven feet! One of the great things about this weapon, aside from its ability to ensnare and capture weapons is that the centripetal force generated when it is spun makes it extremely easy to maintain a fast paced spin.
This weapon is not pictured in its entirety. At the end opposite of the blade is a copper pummel and wrapped around where the lower part of the blade should be is leather. The blade it self measures slightly over 18 inches and is sharpened to the point of perfection. This weapon is not often used by us in practice due to the amount of danger involved in performing attacks with basically a blade on a stick, but you will see it in fights from time to time any way. This one had the wood stained dark brown and it is adorned with carvings which are not visible in the shot. Its total length, including blade is slightly longer then five and a half feet. Its weight is only two and a half pounds making it a light yet lethal weapon.
The hook staff is another wonderful fun weapon to use in battle. Although it looks simple enough, the hook on the end has many uses in battle and is quite deadly when applied with skill. Not pictured here is the pummel which is made out of metal studs to increase the impact. The hook is a little longer then six inches and wider then four. The staff tops five feet and weighs slightly over a pound and a half.
Weird name, weird weapon. This thing is awkward to use in battle but has many surprising uses. We are not all that familiar with this weapon so from time to time we make some amateurish mistake like smack ourselves in the face, but were learning. The smaller half of the weapon is around eighteen inches and the chain measures about sixteen, the pole it self measures four and three quarters feet and all together it weighs three pounds.
Three Section Staff
Holy crap this thing is a pain in the butt to use. Oh well, it's good for training or at least it would have been had we actually had much time to practice with it.