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hello i can use the 3 sectioned staff but i always play with a normal Fire Staff now i want to use the sanjiegun with fire any advice well i have one thats is made of wood but i dont know if is gud idea to put fire on it thx have a nice day EDITED_BY: guiermo (1228678492)
Personally, I think doing 3-part staff on fire is a little corny... Some of the performances I've seen with it have so much energy it'd be inappropriate to distract from the performer with fire. Then again, maybe I'm just old fashioned that way! Still, now I want to dig mine out and play with it!
Robnunchucks, you're thinking of "san-setsu-kon," which is basically the Japanese equivalent of san-jie-gun - each mean "three section staff". A simpler term for the tool you're thinking of (the shorter variety, yes?) is sanchaku - nunchaku is the Okinawan word for "two section staff".
Guiermo, if you have a wood staff it could work, depending on what kind of wood, and whether it's treated and/or painted. If it's chemically-treated wood, don't use it; the fire will make all the gunk in it seep out and it's really gross and possibly hazardous - I've seen it happen on a curtain rod we were using for testing. If it's only painted, you can sand it off and it'll be fine. If it's another material like rattan, I suggest getting another sample of it so you can test it before you construct a prop with it; most rattan martial arts tools are treated and probably won't be suitable for use with fire.
If you want extra protection, you can wrap any wicked section with aluminum foil tape - it's inexpensive and quite useful to have on hand! Again, if the wood is treated, the heat will cause the stuff to seep out and the foil tape won't stick. Apart from that, decide where you want the wicks and attach them as you would an ordinary staff.
I used to have a practice one of these - and yes a bit easy to smack yourself out - Thank goodness it was padded
*In the car while Pink is playing on the radio* Tristan aged 4 : "Mum is this Pink?" Flame:"Yes mate this is Pink?" Tristan:"Are you going to Pink?" Flame:"Yes i am" Tristan:"Cool well I'm going to BLUE"
.. it's a very chinese weapon - took me several years to polish enough wushu style movements to develop a flowing routine.
Knowing what i know now, if I make another set i'd make em alot lighter. The walnut wood ones i use simply won't move fast enough without risking concussion! The other issue is flame size. Because of my staff background, I hate having less than the equivalent of 6" of wick on any firetoy, which incredibly skews the handling of the end sections. If grace and form are important to you, then this is a significant disadvantage - If machismo is what you're after then it's no big deal.
And for the sake of the Mighty Kligon empire please shell out the $AU40 it takes to buy a foam practice set. You will hit yourself from unexpected directions alot and even more when you are starting out. $AU40 is a small downpayment on the reduction of injury.
play safe and feast on the entrails of your enemies! b