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The Art and Science of Staff Fighting

NINE LEVELS, EASY TO EXPERT This book stands apart from other staff training manuals. While most titles focus on forms and twirling, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting emphasizes the dynamics of combat. The author draws on thirty years of martial experience, presenting the best of both Eastern and Western traditions. Joe Varady lays out a comprehensive course of study in nine levels, from beginner to expert. He guides readers through such fundamentals as stances, striking, blocking, and footwork. In advanced lessons, readers learn disarming techniques, groundwork, and facing multiple opponents. But this book is not just for staff enthusiasts. Even those unfamiliar with martial arts can adapt these techniques, increasing their skill and confidence in defending themselves. "Our environment is usually full of improvised weapons," Varady writes. Staff fighting techniques can be effectively applied in a self-defense situation using a walking stick, coatrack, curtain rod, floor lamp, hockey stick, fallen tree branch, broom, mop, shovel, or rake." Equipped with this knowledge, readers will begin to realize that, in one way or another, they are nearly always armedand capable of defending themselves. This book features *Nine levels of instruction, progressing from easy to expert*Over 600 photos with motion arrows*A nondenominational" approach to staff, utilizing the best of Eastern and Western arts*A comprehensive, methodical approach to building staff skills If you are already a student of the staff, these lessons will not conflict with your katas or current style. Instead, they will augment your techniques, broadening your options. Whether you are an experienced staff fighter or a layman seeking practical techniques for self-defense, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting will help you develop the skills you need.
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Table of Contents

0 0 1 432 2469 YMAA Publication Center 20 5 2896 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Foreword Preface Introduction What is Staff Fighting? A Brief History of the Staff Staff Fighting and Self Defense Think Big Know Your Staff Intensity The Levels Level1: The Foundation Fundamentals Stances Basic Striking Understanding the Lines Basic Blocking Blocking, Parrying, and Evading Footwork Figure Eights Level 1 Workout Level2: Basic Middle Grip The Fighting Stance Combat Striking Range, Distancing, and the Circle of Death Targeting Training Equipment: Target Sticks Combinations Feinting Strategy and Tactics Training Equipment: The Pell Defense: The Wall Level 2 Workout Level3: Advanced Middle Grip The Double Strike Training Equipment: Target Sticks Hooking Disarms The Push-Pull Energy Drill Training Equipment: The Striking Ball Disarming Blocks Sliding Disarms Shushi's Wall Level 3 Workout Level4: Basic Extended Grip Introduction to Extended Grip Extended Grip Basic Strikes Extended Grip Figure Eights Extended Grip Thrusting Training Equipment: The Target Ball Training Equipment: The Thrust Board Snap Strikes Training Equipment: The Horizontal Makiwara Extended Grip Blocking Disarms Level 4 Workout Level5: Advanced Extended Grip Fencing with the Staff The Disengage The Double Disengage The Cutover The Beat Extended Grip Hooking Disarms The Disarm Drill Training Equipment: Spinners Parrying Part the Grass to Find the Snake Level 5 Workout Level6: Combat with the Staff The Moment of Truth Full Contact Weapons Fighting Training Equipment: The Padded Staff Understanding Timing The Three-Step Rule Programming Continuation of Attack Blitz Attacks The Grand Overall Strategy Level 6 Workout Level7: Expert Training Hot Stuff Switching Grips Alternate Ready Positions Fool's Guard Tail Guard High Guard Rear Guard Additional Techniques Upward Heel Strike Overhand Heel Thrust Jabbing Thrust Poisonous Snake Fiore's Block Disarming Beat Trapping and Pinning Flying Front Kick Flicking Throwing Level8: Master Training Close Combat with the Staff Groundwork Facing Multiple Opponents with the Staff Unarmed Defense Against the Staff Level9: The Way of the Spear Intro to the Spear Basic Spear Fighting Strategy Training Equipment: The Rings Unarmed Defense Against a Spear Throwing the Spear Catching the Spear Tub Tilting Appendixes 0 0 1 341 1948 YMAA Publication Center 16 4 2285 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Aboutthe Author

About the Author

Joe Varady is a fifth-degree black belt with over thirty years of experience in martial arts. He has trained in numerous Eastern and Western disciplines, including karate, judo, eskrima, boxing, fencing, and long sword. He has won numerous awards competing in full-contact weapons tournaments around the world. Joe holds a master's degree in elementary education. He is the head instructor at Satori Dojo and Modern Gladiatorial Arts. Joe Varady resides in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.


"A treasure trove of knowledge . . . something for every level. One of the most comprehensive staff fighting books."--Michael Gallagher, USA Taekwondo national weapons champion "Expertise shines through this detailed coaching text, which imparts clear instructions, a sense of motivation, and a can-do attitude."--Melissa Wuske "Foreword Reviews " "That rarest of martial arts publications . . . a fully developed training system."--Chris Baglieri, Senior martial arts instructor

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