Beginner Contact Staff Article
So you wanna learn contact?
1) get a staff to practise with. Possibly you already have one. Any bit of metal or wooden tube will do, it should be approximately your chin height, bigger or smaller doesn't have much of a difference. Weighting doesn't really matter at this point.
For learning contact however, the staff you use IS important. And we are doing that right now, so here is the skinny: mcp - article on contact staffs mcp - how to build a contact staff
All of the movements in the following sections are related but might not be exactly identical. They should give you a good idea of how the movement works and what the simplest form of the movement is, so you can build it up from there. Once you have learned the basic version of the move, there are usually many different directions you can take it in and many ways to to make it look good.
Sometimes there are also links to 'category' sections where you can find many more movements based on the 'base' movement reaching right up to very advanced. So if you particularly enjoy a movement, you can build on it if you desire.
Don't feel like you have to learn these in order. Some of them, thou the movement is small are very tricky and technical to get right, fishtails for example. Don't get hung up on them, thinking you have to learn them before you advance to the next move. You can totally learn any way you like. Most of the moves here don't build on the ones before, apart from the Steve and the SNES.
Again, don't get hung up on a move you can't do. Find on you enjoy. You're learning how the staff physically moves and how you can get your body to control and manipulate it. You're not really learning "tricks". Play around with the moves you know, sometimes trying to keep the staff in contact with your body for as long as possible, planes (and generally speed) be damned, sometimes trying to get an individual move extremely clean. Try and be mindful of what your body is doing, develop spatial awareness for where your body is and where the staff is. (this will save your head from a bashing)
The staff is set spinning horizontally supported under it's centre point by the palm of the hand.
A very simple contact move, but quite enjoyable. The staff wraps over the wrist of the hand.
Quite a deceptively tricky movement. Watch the tutorials closely...
a very basic move, the staff rolls/steps on your upper back from one side of your body to the other.
AKA conveyor belt, quite a technical move, not entirely basic. You have to have the centre point of the staff in the middle of the triangle you create with your arm and your body.
A very basic move, the staff wraps the back of the neck.
Belly / Back wrap
You release the staff from behind the back, it wraps over the belly, and then you catch it behind the back with the other hand. Tricky, but pretty easy with a big long staff, you should those club jugglers doing it with a club...
AKA: an armroll then neck wrap then arm roll down the other arm. One of the first decent contact moves I learned, and still one of my favourites.
aka: shoulder neck shoulder. A slightly more advanced move, with much ability to bop you in the head. staff wraps the shoulder, then does a neck wrap, then wraps over the other shoulder...
Ever useful for that 'occasional' drop when you're learning...
References: (and further study)
This website and....
Yuta/Shion Youtube Video - JAPANESE
www.geocities.jp/performerjin - JAPANESE
www.interq.or.jp - JAPANESE
www.feuershow.de ENGLISH + GERMAN + SPANISH
YouTube user 'yamesoq' - POLISH