Evildman
Evildman

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Location: Oregon
Member Since: 11th Jul 2003
Total posts: 46
Posted:Or how I learned to love asymmetrical staff.

I have recently made myself a fire Halberd on a whim. For those not up on their medieval pole arms a traditional Halberd is effectively a sword on a stick. In this case my new toy is a 6ft long 1.5 in diameter oak staff, with 8-10 inches of wicking on one end, and a 2.5 inch solid oak ball on the other.

I have really come to love playing with this prop. Not only do I get to do almost all of my staff moves, barring those which require a much shorter stick, I have the option of sliding my hand down to the butt end, where it is stopped by the attached ball, and do some very large moves indeed.

I have found that not only does this look fairly unique, it has made it easier to work on some moves in practice. Since the ends are completely different, I can more easily focus on the exact number of rotations in a particular move, as well as focusing on exactly where I enter and exit into the move as well.

I also love the weight of this massive beast, as it makes it much easier to learn many contact moves. The hardest part I had learning with a lighter tool was that it did not carry momentum well. This means that the exact entrance and exit speed are extremely delicate and important. This staff is heavy enough that I can do contact moves much slower than otherwise possible, thus feeling every nuance of the motion.

If anyone else has tried this variation on the traditional staff I would love to hear what feedback they could provide, as well as entertaining any questions that anyone else may have.


We are all atheists, some of us just believe in fewer gods than others. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-Stephen F. Roberts

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darkpoet
darkpoet

Irish
Location: Dallas.........ish
Member Since: 14th May 2003
Total posts: 525
Posted:i thought a halberd is an axe meant to take the legs off a horse during a calvary charge
and at the end of the axe is a spear head for the rider............
if what youve got is a staff w\ a blade (or equivalent) its a naganita


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Evildman
Evildman

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Location: Oregon
Member Since: 11th Jul 2003
Total posts: 46
Posted:Unfortunately the naming of many ancient weapons is a bit of a grey area. Yes many ancient Halberds were effectively pole axes. However the shape of the bladed end of these weapons varied from something closely resembling a modern axe head, through long narrow blades, to even thin sharpened spikes. All carrying the name Halberd.

The prop I am using does more closely resemble the Japanese Naginata, which is why it is in the title. I simply included both names for completeness/clarities sake.


We are all atheists, some of us just believe in fewer gods than others. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
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thor
thor

Flaming Lesbian
Location: Portland, Oregon
Member Since: 19th Feb 2004
Total posts: 181
Posted:sounds sick, any chance of pics or video of it in motion?

is it basically just a REALLY long torch? or is there actually blade on the end?


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Evildman
Evildman

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Location: Oregon
Member Since: 11th Jul 2003
Total posts: 46
Posted:There is no blade on this prop. I have simply replaced the blade with Wicking and heat shielding. I will post some pictures and possibly video of this on my site once I get some time to have them taken. I do have a few stills of the prop itself shortly after I made it that I will try to remember to post when I get home from work today.

I would also like to mention that I love having the ball stop on the butt end of this. It allows for some very simple, but impressive looking moves.

Such as transitioning from a simple overhead palm spin which I then allow to slide out, catching the end, and spinning for a 12 ft circle of fire.

Or doing one handed figure eights over my head, holding the end making a large X of fire, again with a 12 ft span.

I have also been working on incorporating some Spear and Naginata poses and transitions for added drama.


We are all atheists, some of us just believe in fewer gods than others. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-Stephen F. Roberts

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darkpoet
darkpoet

Irish
Location: Dallas.........ish
Member Since: 14th May 2003
Total posts: 525
Posted:lol try meteors using snake poi tied together, it makes the same effect ubbloco
but then again, not that many ppl are crazy enough to do meteors so yeas...


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Evildman
Evildman

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Location: Oregon
Member Since: 11th Jul 2003
Total posts: 46
Posted:As it so happens, I do also practice with Meteors already. I tend to go with the more unusual props, Devil Sticks, fans, metoers, so on. Though right now my main focus has been on the DS which I practice during lunch at work, and the Halberd which I do when I get home.

We are all atheists, some of us just believe in fewer gods than others. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-Stephen F. Roberts

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Frederick the Reckless
Frederick the Reckless

Troupe Leader and founder, Fire and Steel
Location: Oregon
Member Since: 5th Aug 2004
Total posts: 241
Posted:having seen evildman's act in person, i must say it's got a good look to it. he's constantly evolving, never settling for good enough, and i look forward to seeing what he's come up with this next spring.

Frederick the Reckless,
Troupe Leader,
Fire and Steel

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Gnor
Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth
Member Since: 31st Mar 2003
Total posts: 5814
Posted:We have made a glaive with wicking to use with the firesword.
Its heaps of fun to play with.


Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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Evildman
Evildman

member
Location: Oregon
Member Since: 11th Jul 2003
Total posts: 46
Posted:Thanks for the vote of confidence Frederick.
As a matter of fact, I am looking into a new perversion for next season.
I am currently testing the feasability of combining contact staff, with fire palms.
If I can get this to work out, I believe the visual effect will be, well...interesting.
Now I just need to find time to practice.

I think I need to get together with you sometime IRL, and get some stick time in.


We are all atheists, some of us just believe in fewer gods than others. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-Stephen F. Roberts

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Jeunau
newbie
Location: england, devon, exeter
Member Since: 26th Nov 2004
Total posts: 14
Posted:ahve you tried palm spinning that thing?? you should try it. from one end to another and catch it at the wieghted end and do something spectacular

the time has come to talk of many things of shoes and ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings.

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