Beginner Double Staff Tutorial
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.
Spinning the staffs in the same direction, in parallel...
Spinning the staffs in the opposite direction.
The staffs don't make full figure's of eight, but instead single circles on each side.
Behind the Back stuff.
Throwing one staff while spinning the other.
Weaving the staffs like you weave poi, arms crossing and uncrossing.
isolating the staffs in relation to each other, ie making them act like one big long staff.
Switching ends of the staffs, or you might say, turning your hands around, while trying to keep the staffs uniformly distant.
Long arm spinning, known as flowers. (long arm = where the arm stays straight.)
Anti-spin doubles: where the longarm circle is in the opposite direction to the direction of rotation of the staff.
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.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