Shaolin Stick Fighting.

June 30, 2009

The most popular Shaolin Kung Fu ‘tool’ was the staff; a long stick that had a variety of uses and purposes. It is a multi-purpose implement that can be used for many things other than self defense. A staff is used as a walking stick, to carry loads on your back, carry and transport two water buckets, as a lever, tent pole, writing implement (in the sand) and many more. This is also the weapon that almost all Chinese martial arts consider to be “The Father of all Weapons”.

Got that off a site talking about CKF weapons. Visit site here.

And I couldn’t agree more. The staff is indeed considered the most “popular” and there was a time, epitomized Shaolin kung fu.

I am sure you must have come across the concept that Shaolin MAs really started with the staff and other skills were later additions.

These days, it’s difficult to see the effectiveness of some of the methods being passed off as “original” Shaolin staff fighting.

I guess you could say this applies to most mainland’s CKF after the Wushu makeover; looking appealing, the interest is really more about aesthetics.

Don’t get me wrong, I got nothing against modern Wushu but do call a spade a spade.

Trouble starts when you muddle up the 2.

I appreciate folks who know what and do precisely what they want.

Books about practical Shaolin stick fighting are getting harder and harder to come by…so when I see one – I buy it, period.

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