As my bio says, many things intrigue me. Knowing that, you shouldn’t be whiplashed by today’s change in topic. If not, hold on for the ride!
Very few people know that I started teaching myself staff manipulation in August of 2019. (I think July 31 was technically the first day.) I may or may not have seen the throne room scene of The Last Jedi and became inspired, despite everyone’s hatred for the movie, but I had an interest in stick fighting way before I ever saw my first Star Wars movie…which was The Force Awakens after seeing the throne room scene and getting excited about lightsabers. Yeah, I was behind. Then I saw The Phantom Menace and fell in love with Darth Maul and I never looked back.
Thank you Clones Wars for bringing Darth Maul back 😀
If that was a spoiler…my bad.
To start off, I do have a background in twirling from my childhood. I think I took 2 years at my local performing arts studio while under the age of 12; however, I learned most of what I know from Michelle C. Smith, who you can check out on YouTube. She is a crazy talented stunt performer and teacher who has worked on movies such as Deadpool (and also has a history in twirling, although much more extensive than mine). I have dubbed her my impromptu sensei (‘teacher’ in Japanese), although I have learned things from a few others as well, including Sifu Kuttle, who actually goes more into the martial arts sides of things. I encourage you to binge watch his videos if you are interested in anything martial arts, not only staff manipulation or flowery stunt fighting.
I say all of this to announce that I am about to start videoing my practice sessions and start doing a few tutorials. I am in no way a Master, but I do have a handle on some of the more advanced techniques and extreme comfortability in the basics.
Now that I have started learning the rope dart through Flow Mayhem and a few others, I feel more comfortable trying to teach the basics of staff manipulation, for whatever reason. I still have much to learn myself, but I feel led to share what I have learned and perfected on staff manipulation, because you have to start somewhere. I may also add a few rope dart practices for fun, although I am in no way qualified to teach that at the moment. Something like that may be bonus content on my Patreon page, who knows.
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