The Short Staff

The short staff, in my opinion is one of the most universal weapons. Something like this can be found in almost every culture, and it is one of the traditional weapons that is absolutely appropriate for modern Martial Artists, as common items from broom or mop handles, dowels, pipes, to pool cues are of a similar length and can be adapted to use as a weapon.   Donn Draeger & Kaminoda Tsunemori – Muso Ryo Jojutsu   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Short Staff Seminar (Buluh Runcing)   Irish Stick Fighting Methods     Kashi Porrazo: Meso-American Stick Fighting (Yaomatchia)   Long Staff Methods Juego del Garrote Canario-A Maestro Paquito Santana   Sanatan Shastarvidiya – Lathi (Long Staff Fighting)   Chinese Shaolin Method   Last but not least: The Kung Fu Bear Staff...

Katori Shinto Ryu

Way of the Warrior – Katori Shinto Ryu This is a wonderful BBC documentary series from 1982, originally broadcast on the BBC 4 TV channel. The series is comprised of 8 episodes, each about 40 minutes long. This episode features the Japanese Koryu school of Katori Shinto ryu. This is Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu – Japan’s oldest and most traditional sword school – considered the pinnacle of classic Japanese martial arts. Features part of a rare interview with Otake Risuke, the school’s instructor. See the full clip as part of the feature length movie, Art of the Japanese...