Friday, March 9, 2018

Happiness is a warm stick, Mama


 
Happiness is a warm stick, Mama
Happiness is a warm stick, Mama
Happiness is a warm stick, Mama
Happiness is a warm stick, Mama
Happiness is a warm stick, Mama

Happiness is a warm stick, Mama

Happiness is a warm gun – the Beatles White Album

 
I have been working stick technique since I began my study
Of the Bando form the Hidden Stick in 1983.
 
Most of the time I used a stick of rattan about 2 feet long.
I also found it works with anything in my hands
Including my empty hands.
 
Now disabled, I still care about
etaining as much martial effectiveness as possible.
So I work with sticks of varying lengths.
 
When I moved I kept one of my sticks,
A gift from one of my former students.
Cynthia Robinson,
then current instructor to me.
 
It was a rattan escrima stick and always had a nice feel to it.
My other sticks I gifted to my former students.
 
Now though I work frequently with very short hand held sticks,
Increasing my effectiveness with every kata I still do.
 
Another stick, about 10” was cut from a rattan staff
I once used to make a short stick for Reese Rigby, about 1986.
I also made this one for myself.
Reese often did his Bando Hidden Stick form with such a short stick.
I did not use it often,
 
But now I increasingly find it my favorite current stick.
 
Then again I never met a stick I didn’t like.

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