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solaris
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

solaris

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Location: , New Zealand

Total posts: 13
Posted:so i would like to start with the staff....and i need something for the beginning..are there any advices for making a beginners staff...with what did u all start...

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squid
BRONZE Member since Apr 2007

squid

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Location: sur, USA

Total posts: 382
Posted:first thing to do is check out the sticky at the top of the staff forum page by MCP on the Absolute Beginner's guide to Spinning Staff. She does have links back to her site, tepooka.com and a few hints on how to make your own fire staff.

But to start, it really can be anything. I'd go with a simple wooden pole though, as you might be dropping it a lot at the beginning. I used a broom pole with piece of foam pool noodles taped to the ends for padding and balance and for something visual to latch onto. Some tennis raquet grip (4 rolls, to be exact) made a very excellent grip and then your choice of colored electrical tape to mark the balanced middle of the staff. Something bright and contrasting to whatever your grip is, though. It will help you to see where you are trying to grab when doing many moves.


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NathanielEverist
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

NathanielEverist

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 315
Posted:I used a bamboo stick I got from the bamboo tree in my backyard. Worked well.

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FerroMancer


FerroMancer

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Location: Buffalo, NY

Total posts: 6
Posted:Do you find that training with a heavier staff helps get your wrists 'into shape' for faster moves with a lighter staff?

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Pogo69
SILVER Member since Apr 2006

Pogo69

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Posted: Written by :FerroMancer


Do you find that training with a heavier staff helps get your wrists 'into shape' for faster moves with a lighter staff?



yes... but probably not in the way that you think.

I think that the biggest benefit of a heavier staff (provided that it's not so heavy as to cause discomfort, or worse, damage, to a wrist that is not yet strong enough to manipulate it) is that it will slow you down; this, coupled with the heavier staff's greater momentum, has the benefit of making your movements more deliberate and allow you to more easily discover how you and the staff can move together; to guide the staff, rather than force it.


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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:ditto Nicely worded too.

The inertia of the heavier staff means that it can be spun smoother and slower, and it also is more "willing" to keep in plane. Though as touched on above, you want to ensure it's not too heavy so as to damage your wrist.

Unless it's particularly thick bamboo, i think it'd be both a bit too light, and a bit too bendy. At the least i'd look at adding some weighting on the ends.

The old "broom stick with tennis balls on the end" strikes a happy balance between cost and useability. You can also put some rice/grain in the ball if you want extra weighing smile


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Fire_Moose
SILVER Member since May 2007

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Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Total posts: 3597
Posted:One note one bendy staves.....

If a staff is bendy, and you add weight to the ends, this will make the staff very bouncy which can be fun and painful


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