The Plum Blossom Double Ended Staff Core Form is a stout little set that has a lot of key staff concepts.
First of all, it is done with a "double ended grip". That means both of your palms are facing downward when you grip it, kind of like motorcycle handles. This way you can slide the staff and use all parts of it.
So let's get into the main techniques here:
Hong - this is like a big blocking technique with the middle of the staff.
Lah - this is an out-to-in low sweep-strike. The motion is almost like hitting a hockey puck. The way I like to remember the name is, "La la! I scored a goal!" (I know, I'm strange, lol)
Pah - this is an in-to-out low sweep-strike. The motion is almost like paddling a canoe. The way I like to remember the name is, "I'm Pah-ddling the boat!" (lol)
Saht - this is a downward slamming/smashing hit. Pretty powerful stuff.
There are others, but those four are some of the biggies. When we get into the full form, I'll have a more comprehensive list of names with descriptions.
So, yeah...watch out for that twist step-Pah, cross step-overhead twist, into horse stance-Don Lon...that's a tricky move. And the follow up jump, turn, into the overhead block (if you've done the Breaking Holds Core Form, you're somewhat familiar with this mechanic).
Really punch the staff downward when you do the Saht technique, you can get a rattan wooden staff to bend, the way you see me doing it in the video. It takes a little practice to get that wobble, but keep at it. You are sending your energy through the staff, with just the right snap and pop to make it happen.
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