My Favorite Martial Art Weapon of Choice
When I first started my martial art training in Sil-Lum Kung-Fu in 2002, the first weapon I was trained in was the staff. The second form of weapon I was trained in was with wooden blades – using the real thing can kill somebody, and that was not the intention in martial art class. (Learning how to control the blade and the blade technique was).
I got my first training with the staff when I was a white belt, to learn the yellow belt 1st staff form, which consists of 18 moves. As I was being taught the 1st staff form, I fell in love with it, because it reminded me of my baton lessons I took for 6 years when I was a kid. The only difference is that the staff is about 5- 6 feet long, a lot more heavier, is made of bamboo wood, and can kill somebody. A baton is silver, about 1 1/2 – 2 feet long, and has two rubber ends on the end of it. And then there’s the flame baton, but that’s getting off topic. Hence, the staff became my favorite martial art weapon of choice, and still is to this day.
Getting used to the length of the staff took awhile to get used to. But the speed of swinging that staff was like twirling a baton when I was a kid. I vaguely remember the conversation between my Tuhon and I about my speed I had with the staff, because he mentioned I was rather quick with it. When I told him I used to be a baton twirler for 6 years, he had said, “That’s where you get it from,” and he was rather impressed with it. I was only a white belt at the time. So, when I earned my yellow belt and started learning the green belt form, I was rather excited and eager to learn because I knew I would forever love the staff forms since I was quick with it.
When I learned staff sparring, it was AWESOME! Learning the 5 Element Staff form in Emperor’s Long Fist was even MORE AWESOME! During the last few months that I was there before I moved to Roanoke, VA, I was learning the 5 Elements with a Sword. I have a feeling the sword would have been my 2nd favorite weapon in my martial art training had I not moved. I was so loving it!
I miss those days. Someday I see myself going back to Boone to get my black belt from my Tuhon. I miss him and the senior instructors – especially Eric – I trained with and in my favorite weapon of choice.
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