Picking out sticks, Do's and Don'ts for Beginners

Discussion in 'Modern Arnis' started by Bob Hubbard, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    Everyone has their personal preferences on what makes a good stick.

    Mine are a comfortable grip about 1" in diameter, a smooth surface, and a length equal to my arm length. I prefer the "raw" rattan look, and tend to avoid the sanded, peeled or burned varieties. I also avoid hard woods, and synthetics at the moment.

    What do you look for, and what do you advice your students to use?
  2. Rich Parsons

    Rich Parsons Member

    I like to find something that fits the hand grip properly. Not to small so your fingers are wrapped too mouch or too big where you cannot get a proper grip.
    I also like the rough or natural rattan if I do not tape. I like the knots and ridges for they offer grips and hand holds.

    Hard wood is nice for weight but, for everyday practice and use it can splinter and be a safety issue. In a fight who would care.

    I also like to tape my canes to avoid the break down, and adds in a factor of texture.

    I try to avoid the too light as they fall apart for me.

    I try to avoid once that are too straight, I like a little character.
  3. ryangruhn

    ryangruhn New Member

    Personally I am a big fan of logs. 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" at around 30". I like to have at least four nodes not too close to the ends and a solid piece without any worm holes, chips etc.

  4. Dalum

    Dalum New Member

    26-28 inches for me. I like about 2 nodes at 1 inch. Nothing too thick unless I'm endurace/"weight" training. Heavier sticks allow me to hit faster and harder with lighter sticks. :)
  5. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    This is what I like...two nodes, about 26", not too thick.

    Hmmm, I'm not sure I had quite thought about my "node preference" before, but I do have one!
  6. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    The more nodes the happier I am! I have noticed in
    recent years that finding good rattan sticks is harder
    and harder. I gave up buying anything other than
    lengths of 6,8 & 9 feet and then cutting them to my
    desired length. Definately I prefer 1 & 1/8 to 1 & 1/4
    width but sometimes it is good to workout with a thinner
    dimension. Rich's rattan are monsters and definately few
    can weild them as effectively as he can. I like working
    with 20", 26" & 28" and also with 36", 49" and 72" there
    all good in my book.

    Brian R. VanCise
  7. Palusut

    Palusut -== Banned ==-

    I prefer sticks with three to four nodes with the rattan skin still on.
  8. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    The best stick I have ever had, which I still have buy the way
    has six nodes on it. It is a more rare type but just fantastic.
    It is also has a large diameter as well. I have had this baby a long,
    long time and it just started to splinter. So I wrapped up the part
    where it was splintering and am using that area as the handle at the
    moment. I will rewrap the whole stick once it splinters some more.
    I definately want at least three nodes on a stick, preferably four like palusut. The more nodes the better.:)

    Brian R. VanCise
  9. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Six nodes? How long is this stick?!?
  10. Datu Tim Hartman

    Datu Tim Hartman FMA Talk Founder Supporting Member

    The first thing I look at is the diameter. I prefer 1 ¼ inch in diameter. The next thing is density. I don’t care about how many nodes. I have sticks that are over 10 years old and are in good shape. No matter what you use for a stick I find it important to rotate the use of your sticks making sure you don’t use the same one all of the time.
  11. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Arnisador, it is 26" long. That's why it is a little rarer.
    I have only seen one sight that offers something similar
    but have not been able to find it right now. I will hunt
    down that link sometime today.

    Tim, I am definately with you on rotating sticks. That is
    a good way to keep them in good shape as well as giving
    you a different feeling during your training.

    Brian R. VanCise
  12. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Here is a link to a site that sells multi node sticks up to
    10 or more per stick.
    My stick is not quite like one of these but it sure has
    held up through the years. It is very dense and just
    over 1 1/4 or so in diameter. I got it in a bundle with
    about thirty sticks, most of the other sticks were
    completely junk and lasted less than six months.

    Brian R. VanCise

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