Escrima Staff Concepts

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The demonstration is quite long, so we will be needing pointers to guide us through this sea of information.

First of all, if you’ve been practicing the escrima staff for quite a while, this might not be the most informative content. Entertaining, sure, but not informative. Now that you what to expect let’s hop in.

The vide can be broken down into 3 sections along with the timestamps.

The first section i.e., The Demonstration introduces you to a escrima staff and the destructive power that comes with it. Unlike a sword or any sharp object, it isn’t able to cut through any obstacles, but it sure can deliver a punch, proven by our dear friend the melon.

The second section of the video takes up most of the screen time as it demonstrates various ways you can attack, parry, strike, thrust the staff. Once again, this video is for absolute beginners. Only the absolute basic are discussed and nothing more.

So, in the learning phase, the instructors show 4 key guard positions. These are the initial positions and act as a base for all your attacks or any sort of movement related to the escrima staff. 

The staff is a powerful weapon but it requires the user to always keep their center of balance in check, which will eventually become second instinct once you’ve put in the hours. 

  • High Guard: The hold (the way you hold the escrima staff) almost never changes, exception includes advanced techniques which are not the scope of this article.

After you’ve gotten a firm grasp on the staff, the high guard is the position is when you hold it perpendicular to the ground, like those rifles soldiers carry during a parade. 

It’s a basic stance, you can strike down but make sure to keep track of your footing as shown in the clip. Balance and footing are the two aspects you should be worried about when handling a staff. 

  • Mid guard: It’s when you hold the staff sort of parallel to the ground. You can transition to thrust or other defensive positions from this stance. 
  • Low guard: This guard is especially useful since the staff is already resting on the ground, you can put all your energy into the strikes without fearing for as much for balance. The low guard is a favorite stance for many professional fighters. 
  • Rudder Guard: This stance is just raw power. In all the previous stances, you deliver strikes with your arms. However, the rudder guard teaches you to slightly twist your body and deliver the blow via the power of your hips and not just by your hands.

A well-placed rudder guard stile might even win you a game.  

It’s an entertaining video, but for those of you looking to take up the staff can also give this a try, the video is simple to digest and as a bonus, you will have a good time.

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