I’ve previously expressed my glee at beginning weapons training at White Lotus. I will now be squeeing some more.
On Tuesday, my very own Chinese white maple staff arrived. After using it for a few days, I’ve decided to name her Whisper.
|From 2009 Photobook|
As you can see, she is formed from the trunk of a slender white maple, knots and all. This gives her character and a wonderful feel in the hands.
Unlike the other staves I’ve worked with before, she is neither one diameter nor tapered on both ends. She is uneven, one end thick and one end thin. This makes finding the center by feel more difficult. It also means there is an appropriate end to be striking with, though either will do in a pinch.
We have been learning figure eights (two-handed and one-handed) and spins, helicopters and behind-the-back maneuvers. Some moves still make me flinch, but I’m getting more comfortable every class, especially now that I have my own weapon with which to bond.
As another grandmaster told me once, the goal is to get so comfortable with your weapon that using it feels like playing with a toy. Tonight I started to understand, as we free-formed spins and experimented with connecting moves. I only bonked myself a half-dozen times, and couldn’t stop grinning.
I don’t understand why I love weapons so much, but I do. And it has nothing to do with fighting.
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