The Art and Science of Staff Fighting by Joe Varady (On Demand)

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The best of both Eastern and Western stick fighting techniques

This book stands apart from other stick fighting training manuals. While most titles focus on forms and twirling, this book emphasizes the dynamics of combat.

The Art and Science of Stick Fighting is a unique, non-style specific, approach to fighting with the short stick. Its curriculum is streamlined and divided into nine logical stages of training that allows the reader to quickly and methodically learn and develop the skills needed for fighting with the stick.

Whether you are just starting out, or have been practicing stick fighting for years, there is something for everyone in this book. Also included are systematic workouts and descriptions of how to make and use specific training equipment as you learn and master The Art and Science of Stick Fighting.

The book begins with the basics, upon which everything else relies: a stable stance, basic footwork, and an effective guard. From there you learn different types of strikes and how to practice them in a helpful, easy-to-learn striking pattern.

  • The aim is to grow so comfortable wielding a stick that it becomes an extension of your body.

Once the basics are in place, you learn the strategies and tactics of fighting with the stick at long, middle, and close range.

  • By controlling the distance, you control the fight!

Learn important guidelines for sparring, from light contact up to full-contact training, how to construct your own padded weapons, and effective fighting tips that will up your game.

The book also includes chapters on advanced techniques such as combating short ranged weapons like  a knife to long range weapons like the staff. It even details techniques to use when your opponent is armed but you are not!

This book features

  • Progressive learning in nine levels (easy to expert).
  • Over 750 photographs with motion arrows for easier understanding.
  • Skills apply to any martial art style.
  • A comprehensive, methodical approach to building stick fighting skills
  • Construction plans for building your own training tools

Whether you already study the stick or are just starting out, if you want to learn how to get the edge over your opponent, The Art and Science of Stick Fightingis for you!

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