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corey
12-06-2003, 11:42 AM
Does anyone know where I can find a website or book (preferably a website) that I can find quarterstaff techniques in? I got a quarterstaff a few months ago, but I only know a few things about how to use it. I also recenty got a book titled, "Kung Fu Advanced Staff Fighting Techniques in Pictures." Okay so far, but it doesn't explain things very well. And I was kind of looking for something that teaches European staff fighting.

michael
12-06-2003, 11:51 AM
Does anyone know where I can find a website or book (preferably a website) that I can find quarterstaff techniques in? I got a quarterstaff a few months ago, but I only know a few things about how to use it. I also recenty got a book titled, "Kung Fu Advanced Staff Fighting Techniques in Pictures." Okay so far, but it doesn't explain things very well. And I was kind of looking for something that teaches European staff fighting.

Corey,
I'm not sure what you mean by quarterstaff. What size staff are you talking about? There is an excellent book based on the hanbo (3 foot staff) called "Stick Fighting" by Masaaki Hatsumi. It is in English with many photos and is very comprehensive on the hanbo, which is a Japanese weapon. If you are looking for modern stick fighting techniques, look at www.hockscqc.com (http://www.hockscqc.com) under the video and book sections. It is based on Fillipino stick fighting techniques (appx. 29" sticks) and their modern applications. All of Hock's material is excellent and he covers hand, knife, stick and gun. Hope this helps.

corey
12-06-2003, 12:08 PM
A quarterstaff is stick weapon that is anywhere between 6 and 8 feet long. Mine is 6 feet.
I think the quarterstaff is what they call it in Europe, and they call it a bo in Japan. The quarterstaff is about 1.25" or more in diameter, where a bo is a bit thinner.
So the hanbo is not what I'm looking for.

Ted T.
12-06-2003, 12:29 PM
Hi Corey,

It is my understanding that quarterstaff and bo jutsu are different styles of use for a long stick with no spear head. The bo is held in the thirds position allowing good speed and flexibility in both the hands. The quarterstaff is held way out at one end in the first quarter, giving it reach and leverage.

The words for the stick have become somewhat symonimous for the styles.

George Silver of swordplay fame, has an ancient text out in which he concludes that most quarterstaff players could defeat most Italian swordsmen of his day... google these terms and you'll find it.

Good luck in your search,

michael
12-06-2003, 06:28 PM
Ok, I got you. I know the quarterstaff as the Bo and have trained extensively in it, as with all lengths. The best Bo video I know of is again Japanese and by Masaaki Hatsumi. Do a search and you can probably find it. It is in Japanese,however. I don't know of any others, and most of the karate styles I have seen do not know how to use the Bo properly to get power. This is the only video I know of that I would recommend, even though it is in Japanese.

sanchezero
12-06-2003, 08:29 PM
Check out the older Robin Hood movies.

;)

Ted T.
12-07-2003, 01:49 PM
"Paradoxes of Defence"

http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/paradoxes.html

see section 26

michael
12-07-2003, 04:02 PM
Corey,
I did a little searching and these may be of interest:

www.quarterstaff.org (http://www.quarterstaff.org)

fight.sphosting.com/docherty.html

www.alliancemartialarts.com/quarterstaff.htm (http://www.alliancemartialarts.com/quarterstaff.htm)

http://blackbeltmag.com/archives/blackbelt/1983/jan83/western/western.html

http://www.whoosh.org/issue17/plunket4.html

ender wiggin
12-12-2003, 01:01 PM
I've seen serveral people refer to Hatsumi's videos and as far as I know the only place to buy them online is at http://www.ninjutsu.com/store.shtml
You may also be able to find them at other Bujinkan related sites.

The bojutsu video is an excellent resource for study, but he tends to assume a certain level of existing expertise on the part of the viewer.

A co-worker of mine has also introduced me to a Portugese staff fighting art called jugo du pao <sp?> which is a descendant of european traditions and has a very different feel than the Japanese bojutsu. There is a little information on this art scattered around the web, but as far as I know all of the in person seminars are only in Europe for now.

OK. Back to lurking for me.

Charles Rives
12-24-2003, 02:31 AM
If I remember correctly, Hatsumi's work is based on Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo and doesn't (directly) come from his Ninjutsu work. Oddly you can find Shindo Muso Ryu or something very close to it in many Aikido Schools. (Aikido's founder Ueshiba adapted Shindo Muso Ryu technique with Aikido philosophy and practiced it as AikiJo.)

Different schools will specify it slightly differently but a jo staff is normally 54.25 inches long (some schools say armpit or shoulder height) and about one inch in diameter. Jo technique is a mixture of Bo, sword, spear, and halberd manuevers.

A Japanese religious man named Muso founded Shindo Muso Ryu (Muso's divinely inspired school). When he discovered the techniques, he became the only man to fight Myamoto Musashi (Japan's greatest swordsman in history) to a draw. In Shindo Muso Ryu, they teach how to strike with both ends, at any angle, from any position. Later, they show a variety of ways to use the stick as a lever for jointlocks, grappling, leg sweeps and disarms if you don't want to use the skull-crushing capability of the stick.

- Chuck