The Art and Science of Staff Fighting

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-10-01
  • Publisher: Ymaa Pubns

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Finalist - SPORTS 2016 INDIES Book Award


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 armed—and 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

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What is Staff Fighting?
A Brief History of the Staff
Staff Fighting and Self Defense
Think Big
Know Your Staff
The Levels
Level1: The Foundation
Basic Striking
Understanding the Lines
Basic Blocking
Blocking, Parrying, and Evading
Figure Eights
Level 1 Workout
Level2: Basic Middle Grip
The Fighting Stance
Combat Striking
Range, Distancing, and the Circle of Death
Training Equipment: Target Sticks
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
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
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
Level8: Master Training
Close Combat with the Staff
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
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