Beginner Double Staff Tutorial

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So you wanna learn double staff?


1) get two staffs to practise with. Possibly you aready have one, now you need two. Any bits of metal or wooden tube will do.


Double staffs? long or short or matchsticks? Throwing, spinning, contact or something completely different? The staffs you choose will depend on what type of manipulation you want to do. Light and short for throws and fast spinning, medium sized to try a bit of everything, or long and heavy to make contact easier.

Practise any pattern first with your 'bad' hand. Then with your good hand. If you're having trouble starting a pattern, start up your 'bad' hand first and then bring in your good hand. (then try it the otherway around.)

Learning with your bad hand first will help your dominant hand learn 'for free' as it were, because your brain transfers some of the learning over to the otherside of your body automatically. Win.


Parallel

Spinning the staffs in the same direction, in parallel...


feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 1196

performerjin double staff video

mcp - doubles tutorial


Butterfly

Spinning the staffs in the opposite direction.


feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 1159

feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 1178

performerjin double staff video

benders double's explainations

benders double's explainations

mcp - doubles tutorial


One Beats

The staffs don't make full figure's of eight, but instead single circles on each side.


feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 1191

feuershow tutorial - turns Quicklink-ID: 1195

mcp - doubles tutorial

BTB

Behind the Back stuff.


feuershow tutorial - waistwraps: Quicklink-ID: 3240

mcp - doubles tutorial


Throws

Throwing one staff while spinning the other.


feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 3308

feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 1203

tomo's double baton video

Rubberheart Duo throwing videos

mcp - doubles tutorial


Weaves

Weaving the staffs like you weave poi, arms crossing and uncrossing.


feuershow tutorial - parallel: Quicklink-ID: 3292

feuershow tutorial - 3bt: Quicklink-ID: 3289 then Quicklink-ID: 3290

mcp - doubles tutorial


Isolations

isolating the staffs in relation to each other, ie making them act like one big long staff.


feuershow tutorial - parallel: Quicklink-ID: 1185

feuershow tutorial - butterfly: Quicklink-ID: 1249

mcp - doubles tutorial


Translations

Switching ends of the staffs, or you might say, turning your hands around, while trying to keep the staffs uniformly distant.


feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 1187

mcp - doubles tutorial


Flowers

Long arm spinning, known as flowers. (long arm = where the arm stays straight.)


feuershow tutorial - parallel: Quicklink-ID: 3282

feuershow tutorial - butterfly: Quicklink-ID: 1200


Anti-spin

Anti-spin doubles: where the longarm circle is in the opposite direction to the direction of rotation of the staff.


feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 3287

feuershow tutorial - Quicklink-ID: 3288

imakokode anti-spin document

imakokode anti-spin video


References: (and further study)

www.geocities.jp/performerjin - JAPANESE

www.interq.or.jp - JAPANESE

www.spherculism.net - Check out the videos of mike in here.

www.spinferno.com

www.feuershow.de ENGLISH + GERMAN + SPANISH - loads of tutorials

[Double Staff Main Page] - some tutorials on doubles.

antti.rubberheart.com - compulsive immense staff throwing guys.

imakokode.org ENGLISH + FRENCH - anti-spin document!


Quick cheeky plug: Double Staff DVD