I’ve been doing martial arts for over ten years now and weapons never really intrigued me. I always figured I should master using my hands and body before worrying much about weapons (swords, staffs, throwing darts, knives, etc.) Well, I recently ran my favorite clip from my favorite kung fu movie on YouTube (I love YouTube 😀 ). After seeing it I thought to myself “I would like to start studying the staff.”
Scene is from “Eight Diagram Pole Fighter.”
Also, when I was in Oakland a few months ago I attended a class taught by a student of [Sonny Umpad]. Sonny was a master of the stick and knife fighting art called [Eskrima]. I think that class is what first peaked my interest. Let me find a bad ass Sonny Upad clip from YouTube…
The way he moves and the stuff I learned made me see knife and stick fighting as a thing of beauty.