Learning Staff Fighting Basics

Learning Staff Fighting Basics


>>Today’s episode is brought to you by>>>BOTH: Raycon>>That was awful. That’s–>>That was terrible.>>No, but if you go
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but not us doing it.>>Oh! [cracking] Oh! [staff click-clacking] [drums beating] [staff cracking] Whoa! [drums beating] [staff cracking] [staff cracking] Huei!>>JASON: How hard can it be?>>Instructor: Follow me.>>Yep
>>Okay So, stand together. Feet together. Stand straight. Open. Push out. Circle your hand. Bow. First move.>>I’m going to stand
over here. [laughing]>>Ugh. You cut my butt.>>Just going to back up over here.>>Hup. Almost hit myself
in the boing-loins. Okay.>>What happened?>>No, I’m good. [laughing]>>What happened is reality set in. That’s what happened. [laughing] [static]>>We are at the Shaolin
Temple Cultural Center of Austin Texas, and we are meeting>>We’ve got laoshi.>>Scott Pettengill. Mario.>>Mario Alvarez.>>JASON: And Jennifer>>It should be noted a lot
of people right now are like, “Isn’t Mario the guy that taught you to fake awesome guitar skills?”>>He’s got guitar skills
and Kung-Fu, which gives him two abilities up on us, which is zero. [guitar] ♪ ‘Cause I’m a Modern Rogue ♪>>Goodnight ladies and gentlemen.>>So we previously learned about fighting with quarterstaffs
in the medieval tradition and those are much larger than this one.>>Okay [Brian laughing]>>He’s like, “Cool story bro.”>>So this is a Japanese staff commonly referred to as a
[speaks in foreign language]. A lot of people also
refer to the Chinese staff as a [speaks in foreign language] as well. But the correct terminology in Mandarin is [speaks in foreign
language] G-U-N, like gun, but [speaks in foreign language].>>[speaks in foreign language]>>Yes. So, if you’ll
notice the Japanese staff is a little bit heavier. It’s made out of oak.>>Oh wow.>>That’s more momentum.
That’s more head-splitting. I assume this is faster,
or more maneuverable or>>This is a traditional staff.
>>Uh-huh.>>This is a manufactured staff. Traditionally you’ll notice that this still has the knots on it from when it was a tree. Also, you’ll notice that there’s a big end and a little end. These are made out of a
substance called waxwood. Now waxwood is very
strong, yet very pliable, so you can bend it. It has a lot of flexibility,
but yet it’s still strong. [cracking]>>Oh jeez. [laughing]>>Now if I take this staff and I do that>>Yeah.>>This staff will probably shatter.>>Yeah, I would imagine it wouldn’t feel good on your wrists either.>>Yeah.>>Is this more of a
primarily defensive weapon, or offensive?>>The staff is a defensive weapon. It’s also a non-lethal weapon, considered a non-lethal weapon, whereas you know swords
and bladed you know weapons are lethal. Shaolin Temple is Buddhist
and so abhors violence. So the teaching is that you
know we don’t want to kill the opponent, we just want
to take care of them enough to where we can get out of the situation if we have to defend ourselves.>>And plus if someone comes asking you, “Why are you carrying a weapon?”, you’ve just got a walking stick.>>Exactly. [chuckles]>>And plus also this is a
much more credible threat because if you flash a
sword, then you’re implying “I’m about to murder
you,” whereas this is like “No no no. I’m just going to give
you a real big ass-whooping.” And it’s like, “I believe
you will use that. I may not believe that you’re going to use a sword.” I said as if I know anything.>>Now different
techniques can be employed with this as well. So traditionally in the
Japanese martial arts you fight from the middle of
the staff, using the ends, so on and so forth. Chinese martial arts we like to fight from the end of the staff to keep
our opponents at a distance. So if I hit you I have a
further reach, you know, rather than here, although
we do come into the middle and use all of them.>>I’m surprised to see
that it it really is just a straight-up baseball
swing to take at somebody.>>It can be. It can be a poke like that. It can be a hit like that,
up to the groin, you know, or the jaw.>>So where do we begin?>>First thing we’re going
to start out with is just learning the most basic
spinning technique that we use. So if you’ll stand like this,
arms at shoulder length, we’re going to fold it
under our arm like this.>>Okay>>Okay, try to keep your feet closer in. There you go. So I’m going to go down. I’m going to open up on this side, in here to this side,
then I come down again to the other side.>>Got it. So we’re starting momentum–>>Right>>Following it through to the terminus.>>Exactly. And then to maintain the spin, we just keep on going with it.>>Now how much of it is in your chest? I assume–>>It’s in your waist.>>Okay.>>So the spin actually
takes place on the sides. So imagine that you’re
standing in a hallway and you have two walls here. You don’t want to spin like
this, because you would mar up the walls and hit the walls. So you want to spin on the side actually. So the spin take place here. Yes. Good. Very good.>>So if I were to
punctuate it, would it be Is that correct?>>Yeah, that’s correct. And then just keep going. Don’t stop.>>Okay.>>Just keep a flow to it. [chuckling]>>Be careful.>>Okay, now I’m seeing–>>Yeah yeah yeah yeah>>It’s like there’s two different dances being done with the two different hands.>>Relax your shoulders. That’s the most important thing. Keep your shoulders nice and relaxed. Sometimes it helps to think
about what you’re doing and why you’re doing
a spin, because a spin is really a series of blocks and strikes.>>Is that anywhere close?>>Mmm yeah, it might be
nicer to have it a little closer in to your body.>>Okay.>>So you’ve got it right here. Just point it down, turn
your waist, but don’t turn, don’t dip your body into
it, just point it down, turn this way, swing it around, get back here, point it down, turn this way.>>Okay.>>Washing machine.>>Washing machine? Okay.>>You want to make sure
this is a strike down. You’re striking back
down here, strike down, striking back down here. So think about where you’re hitting.>>Some [mumbles]>>Oh my god. Don’t. Oh, you guys. Perfect. Yes.>>That’s all part of it.>>Excellent.>>That’s the learning curve.>>Ah, nice.>>Oh no.>>Now the trick is to
not use your shoulders.>>Ooh, that’s tough.>>Keep your back straight.>>Nope>>You guys are brave.>>I am a tree. I am a tree.>>Oh, she is the brave
one, and the smart one. So I can feel my body not
cooperating and over-correcting. So I’m trying to dial
in on that awareness.>>That’s looking a lot better though because you seem more relaxed.>>Concentrate.>>SCOTT: Yeah, your
shoulders aren’t so tight.>>Oh and also I’m not so
afraid of hitting you guys. Like we’ve learned in other martial arts, it comes from you center of gravity. You’re the one that is rooted and grounded and this is just the effect. The motion begins>>SCOTT: That’s correct, yes.>>Right here.>>Mm-hmm.>>Keep it close to your body and then you won’t struggle with it as much.>>Ah.>>JENNIFER: Hey, we’ve got
some determination here.>>SCOTT: Uh-huh, look at that face.>>I know, right?>>That’s awesome.>>[muffled] hard work.>>Good zen, good concentration.>>You look smooth Ben.
You look like water.>>It feels like smooth water. [laughing]>>SCOTT: Well, like Bruce
Lee said, be like water.>>Feeling a little bit
more like a Slurpee. [Brian laughing] A little sluggish.>>So from the spin, we’ll
turn that into techniques to strike with, okay, and block with. We go horse stance–>>Horse stance?>>Horse stance. [speaks in
foreign language] in Chinese. [speaks in foreign language] So feet double shoulder-width apart. You’re going to have one hand
at the end of your staff, the other hand’s here loosely holding it. What you’re going to do is you’re
going to push the staff through and we’re going to turn to [speaks
in foreign language], okay, which is bow stance. So your front leg is bent slightly. Your back knee is locked out. Foot faces 45 degrees, and
we’re going to pull back to horse stance from [speaks
in foreign language]. So this is how we develop our power. The power is utilized in the waist. So you go here and push through like that. And pull back. Push through like that. Yes.>>So there’s really no
extension of the body. It’s all the staff.>>Good. Extend your arms fully. Yes. And try to keep that
foot flat on the ground so you’re stable.>>So that back part
>>Your heel>>I’ve got you.>>Yeah, heel on the ground.>>What’s the preferred like level here. Is it up, my shoulders up?>>Shoulder level low.>>The shoulder level?
>>Yeah.>>Okay.>>Okay, turn your hip so it’s forward, and push this foot out like that.>>Oh, okay.
>>Yes.>>It feels more like a lunge.>>So you’re going to be here. Like this. turn, and push like that. Pull back. Push.>>You’re pushing this,
and getting into here. And you want to stay straight. When you thrust,
everything is going to come from this twist right here to here.>>That’s probably where
most of my power comes from.>>Right, but for this one
the pivot is right here. For this one the pivot’s back here. [exhaling] Oops, I lost my>>And then back.>>That’s a lot better.
That’s a lot better.>>They arrive at the same time.>>Oh, got it. So you
strike and then you’re back.>>This more around your>>Got it>>And then this just
stays straight and relaxed.>>Got it. [whooshing]>>BRIAN: You know what’s crazy is I feel it in my hip flexors. Like I can feel myself
running out of steam and not able to hold the stance, and I’m getting sloppier and sloppier.>>That’s why we will
use the staff to develop our leg strength and our core by setting the staff here.>>MARIO: That’s it.
That’s all you’re doing.>>Like this.>>MARIO: You’re pivoting,
but you’re kind of pushing.>>Oh my goodness.>>You’re still driving
power from the ground right here, and going pfoo [whooshing].>>With your back straight.>>Yes.>>And then balancing it
for various periods of time. Not bad.>>You want to try this one?
>>What are you doing? No.>>I’m strengthening my core.>>Are you getting punished? What did you do wrong?>>[chuckling] I’m becoming
strong sir. Join me.>>What what what.>>Double shoulder width apart.>>Oh god.>>Sit down till your
thighs are flat, and then balance the staff here.>>Laoshi, this sucks.>>Back straight.
>>Already.>>Back straight.>>If I poop myself, make sure the camera are rolling, all right. [Brian laughing] Oh Lord.>>It hits you pretty [speech
drowned out by moaning] doesn’t it?>>I’m going to need some orange slices. [Brian laughing] Oh god. All right.>>So that’s one method we use
to develop our core strength, to be able to generate the power that we need when we do this.>>This is what my
doctor was talking about. Core strength.>>So let’s go over some
basic blocking techniques. So again we’re going to utilize
[speaks in foreign language] for this, so say somebody is coming in swinging at your head. You’re just going to go like that, and then like that. Or you can do this in a retreat as well. Mario is going to swing at my head. So I go like that, then again.>>So we learned a little bit at the Historical Weapons Guild
about the difference between stepping in versus stepping back.>>Mm-hmm.>>How present are you in the distance between your opponent
are you at all times?>>It just depends on you
know what you want to do. So if I step in to a swing,
I’m taking the power away. So if he swings, I step in like this. Then I can come down. Sorry. Then I can come down like
that on top of the head, or I can come underneath
here, and then follow up here. This is just purely defensive. If we’re moving backwards,
he’s pressing the attack, but at some point I want to come forward. Part of that’s the spin too. So if he attacks me, swing
again, here, I come here, I use this end to come down
like this, and then I hit here. So you see how the swing works.>>Oh yeah. It’s just a
derivation of what we were doing.>>Yes. Basically the
spin is just a series of blocks and strikes. One person can be the attacker.>>Okay.>>The other person can just do blocking.>>Do you have any really
smelly purple body armor? [laughing]>>That’s been a hallmark of our previous Okay, so I’ll slow-motion, so>>Good.>>And then you complete. Up.
>>Yes>>Like that
>>That’s good>>But it’s all–>>Try to shove the staff
down more out of the way.>>More of the spin?>>Yes yes yes.>>Yeah. Okay. So bam. Out of the way.>>There you go. And
then come over the top.>>Hut.>>Oh heck. What was one move becomes two moves. Like down, and crack.>>Hut.>>Okay. Okay. All right. All right.>>Okay.>>Hut.>>Like that. Should chest be chest-to-chest,
or should you be kind of side-saddle.>>You should be giving him as little body as possible as a target.>>Oh, yes.>>There you go.>>Yes.>>Hut.>>Oh, oh [speech drowned out by laughing] I didn’t expect that. I didn’t
know what to do with that. How would you block against that strike?>>I’d step in.>>Yeah.>>And down like that, and then I could move that out of the way,
come around and hit there. Like that. And then I could
follow up to the knee.>>So much like we learned in Austin Historical Weapons Guild, you’re just guiding your enemy’s weapon slightly out of the way,
so that you can get in and nail them.>>It really is like a
game of chess. Of feints. Of getting into somebody else’s like I’m talking like I know what’s going on. I don’t know what’s going on.>>You’re right, it is a game of feints because I can use that as
a feint to come around here like this, and then
come down like that.>>But I got it. You see that though. [laughing]>>He did. He’s learning good.>>He looked away. See that’s
our thing. That’s our thing.>>The secret is
>>Brian asked a question I hit you in the head.>>The students
>>All you need>>become the masters
>>is three cameras, a soundman, a co-host, and a successful YouTube channel, and you can take down a master.>>I’m pretty sure the temple is mine now. Right? That’s the rules.>>Okay.>>JENNIFER: Now you have to challenge me.>>Okay. Good luck.>>It was his idea.>>So we learned how
spinning is a form of both blocking and attacking at the same time. We learned how striking
originates from the core from the hip, and you go straight in.>>That’s correct.>>We learned how the
same moves of the spin can be both a block and then a strike. You were doing some fancy like double second tertiary moves there.>>Yes. So the move that I
just did stems off the spin. We come here like this,
we turn, we switch, and then come around. One, two, and then [staff cracking] slam down onto the ground.>>If I didn’t know better, it sounds like you’re saying that there’s more to learn than in a 20 minute lesson
on a YouTube tutorial.>>Oh yes.>>If people want to learn
right here in Austin, where should they come out.>>They can come to us at
10401 Anderson Mill Road, Shaolin Temple Cultural Center, or internationalshaolinaustin.com.>>I’m already sore, and I thought that I would be in pretty good shape from all the Kung-Fu movies I’ve watched.>>Like dude, let’s go
back to this contest is all I’m saying. I’ve got you on this one.>>SCOTT: Who can last the longest?>>Oh, it’s Brian. Oh it’s Mario.>>If Mario’s in the competition.>>Mario’s already out in
the warp zone or whatever. He’s just gone.>>SCOTT: It’s only been 25 seconds. [triumphant chuckling]>>No shame.>>Brian’s–>>SCOTT: 30 seconds>>Oh I’ve got you man. Ready to go.>>I think Brian’s
going to beat me because>>What
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