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The Art and Science of Stick Fighting


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Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Introduction

  • Overview
  • Why Learn Stick Fighting?
  • A Brief History of Stick Fighting
  • Traditional versus Progressive
  • Getting Started

Warming Up and Cooling Down

  • Warming Up and Stretching
  • Training Equipment: The Jump Rope
  • Cooling Down
Level 1: The Foundation
  • Choosing a Stick
  • Holding the Stick
  • Stances
  • Basic Striking
  • Ready Positions
  • Types of Strikes
  • Snap Strikes
  • Range and Distancing
  • Footwork
  • Training Equipment: The Floor Pattern
  • Twirling: Figure Eights
  • Power
  • Training Equipment: The Tire Dummy
  • Level 1 Workout
Level 2: Long Range
  • The Outside Game
  • Controlling the Distance
  • Training Equipment: The Evasion Bopper
  • Long-Range Defensive Tactics
  • Long-Range Offensive Tactics
  • Training Equipment: The Target Stick
  • Feinting
  • Twirling: The Six-Count Flower
  • Training Equipment: Striking Point
  • The Long-Range Battle Plan
  • Level 2 Workout
Level 3: Crossing the Gap
  • Entering Offensively
  • Entering Defensively
  • Level 3 Workout
Level 4: Middle-Range Offense
  • Understanding Middle Range
  • Center, Centerline, and the Line of Combat
  • Targeting at Middle Range
  • Basic Middle-Range Combinations
  • Speed-Striking
  • Training Equipment: Weighted Clubs
  • The Middle-Range Battle Plan
  • Level 4 Workout
Level 5: Middle-Range Defense
  • Checking
  • Blocking and Parrying
  • Middle-Range Disarms
  • Level 5 Workout
Level 6: Close-Range
  • Infighting
  • Punching
  • Butt Strikes
  • Hubud
  • Hooking
  • Double-End Grip
  • Chokes
  • Training Equipment: Compression Dummies
  • Level 6 Workout
Level 7: Single-Stick Sparring
  • The Moment of Truth: En Garde!
  • Safety Equipment
  • Training Equipment: Padded Sticks
  • Armor
  • Types of Matches
  • Controlling the Fight
  • Intensity
  • The Seven Principal Rules
  • Level 7 Workout
Level 8: Short Stick versus Other Weapons
  • Mismatched Weapons Stick versus Knife
  • Training Equipment: Padded Knife
  • Stick versus Staff
  • Training Equipment: Padded Staff
  • Stick versus Unarmed Opponent
  • Level 8 Workout
Level 9: Empty-Hand Defense against the Stick
  • Introduction
  • Crossing the Gap
  • Evasion
  • Improvised Armament
  • Level 9 Workout
Appendix: Training Equipment
  • Jump Rope
  • Floor Patterns
  • Tire Bag
  • Indoor Tire Dummy
  • Evasion Bopper
  • Target Stick
  • Striking Point
  • Weighted Clubs
  • Arm Compression Dummy
  • Neck Compression Dummy
  • Padded Sticks
  • Padded Knife
  • Padded Staff
About the Author

About the Author

Joe Varady is an award winning author of The Art and Science of Staff Fighting, and a sixth-degree black belt with over thirty years of experience in martial arts. He has trained in numerous Eastern and Western disciplines, including karate, judo, eskrima, boxing, fencing, and long sword. He has won numerous awards competing in full-contact weapons tournaments around the world. Joe holds a master's degree in elementary education. He is the head instructor at Satori Dojo and Modern Gladiatorial Arts. Joe Varady resides in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.


"The beautiful but complex art of stick fighting and distilled it down to its fundamental core. A must have book for martial artists."

-Juan (Little John) Cruz, 3rd degree black belt, Doce Pares Multistyle System

"I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about learning more on the art of stick fighting."

- Brian Scott, 8 time WEKAF World Full Contact Stick Fighting Champion

"The perfect balance between self-defense and sport methodologies. Provides a sound foundation relevant to any martial style."

- Michael J. Gallagher, USA Taekwondo National Weapons Champion

"This book is in every sense a complement to his [Varady's] first book and should be in every martial artist's library."

- Dave Dickey, author, founder of Live Steel Fight Academy and founder of Live Steel Magazine

"I predict The Art and Science Of Stick Fighting will be a welcome and much used text in many martial artists' libraries."

- Alain Burrese, J.D., martial artist, author

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