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21st Jul '17 6:49:56 AM billybobfred
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-->-- '''Flavor Text''' from the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=22320 Silkenfist Fighter]]

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-->-- '''Flavor Text''' from the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://ww2.[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=22320 com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=22320 Silkenfist Fighter]]
16th Jun '17 6:03:50 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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In the West, a full-length fighting staff is called a quarterstaff. Contrary to [[DanBrowned general opinion]] or [[HollywoodHistory many movies]], in the medieval age a staff was not held in the middle, but wielded in a similar way to a spear or two handed sword[[note]]With one hand half way up, the other a few feet further back to provide more leverage and the rest of the staff ahead of them. One should note that it is hard to find a consensus for the length of the quarterstaff, which ranges in description from six feet to more than double that. [[/note]]. In Japan, it is called a ''bo'', with a smaller version called a ''jo''. The Japanese also have ''hanbo'' -- short staves that Westerners would call rods. A Filipino fighting art called ''Eskrima'' (or ''Arnis'' or ''Kali'', depending on which island you're from) also makes use of these short rods.[[note]]An interesting side-note is that eskrima teaches its practitioners to strike with one particular surface of the stick rather than just any part of it -- because eskrima is intended to allow the user to switch his relatively non-lethal sticks for ''blades'' if necessary.[[/note]]

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In the West, a full-length fighting staff is called a quarterstaff. Contrary to [[DanBrowned general opinion]] or [[HollywoodHistory many movies]], in the medieval age a staff was not held in the middle, but wielded in a similar way to a spear or two handed sword[[note]]With sword.[[note]]With one hand half way up, the other a few feet further back to provide more leverage and the rest of the staff ahead of them. One should note that it is hard to find a consensus for the length of the quarterstaff, which ranges in description from six feet to more than double that. [[/note]]. [[/note]] In Japan, it is called a ''bo'', with a smaller version called a ''jo''. The Japanese also have ''hanbo'' -- short staves that Westerners would call rods. A Filipino fighting art called ''Eskrima'' (or ''Arnis'' or ''Kali'', depending on which island you're from) also makes use of these short rods.[[note]]An interesting side-note is that eskrima teaches its practitioners to strike with one particular surface of the stick rather than just any part of it -- because eskrima is intended to allow the user to switch his relatively non-lethal sticks for ''blades'' if necessary.[[/note]]
14th Jun '17 3:39:24 PM Linda58
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Sara Lance, the show's version of Black Canary, uses a staff that can disconnect to form batons as her primary weapon (though was shown to be skilled with other weapons as well). She also twice uses an improvised staff, firstly taking the wooden door frame and later a metal pipe, to fight someone who'd attacked her and Oliver when they were out of costume. Slade Wilson, while preferring swords, also showed a fondness for the escrima sticks variant to use while training on the island, and taught Oliver how to fight using them, though Oliver himself mostly sticks to archery or using his bow as a club.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Sara Lance, the show's version of Black The Canary, uses a staff that can disconnect to form batons as her primary weapon (though was shown to be skilled with other weapons as well). She also twice uses an improvised staff, firstly taking the wooden door frame and later a metal pipe, to fight someone who'd attacked her and Oliver when they were out of costume. Slade Wilson, while preferring swords, also showed a fondness for the escrima sticks variant to use while training on the island, and taught Oliver how to fight using them, though Oliver himself mostly sticks to archery or using his bow as a club.club.
** When Laurel becomes the Black Canary she also uses a staff, specifically to honor her sister...and learns she sucks at it. So she switches to DualTonfas, which she is quite good at instead.
30th May '17 9:54:19 PM nombretomado
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* Mat Cauthon from the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' books uses a staff as his favourite weapon, and is good enough with it that early in the series, he beat down two expert swordsmen in a demonstration bout. At once. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome While convalescing from a serious curse/illness]]. (The instructor of those swordsmen then reminded the class that the WheelOfTime's greatest swordsman in history was only ever beaten once... by a farmer with a quarterstaff.) Interestingly, Ishamael also wields a staff during his fight with Rand at the end of the second book. Rand stabs him in the chest, but he gives Rand his first WoundThatWillNotHeal in the process.

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* Mat Cauthon from the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' books uses a staff as his favourite weapon, and is good enough with it that early in the series, he beat down two expert swordsmen in a demonstration bout. At once. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome While convalescing from a serious curse/illness]]. (The instructor of those swordsmen then reminded the class that the WheelOfTime's greatest swordsman in history was only ever beaten once... by a farmer with a quarterstaff.) Interestingly, Ishamael also wields a staff during his fight with Rand at the end of the second book. Rand stabs him in the chest, but he gives Rand his first WoundThatWillNotHeal in the process.
29th May '17 12:02:28 PM nombretomado
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* Koei's [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors various Warriors games]] have a number of characters that use staves as their weapon of choice. Of special note are Dynasty Warriors' Pang Tong who can momentarily surf on his staff through the air, and [[WarriorsOrochi Warriors Orochi 2's]] Sun Wukong, who can annihilate anything within seconds with his at max level.

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* Koei's [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors various Warriors games]] have a number of characters that use staves as their weapon of choice. Of special note are Dynasty Warriors' Pang Tong who can momentarily surf on his staff through the air, and [[WarriorsOrochi [[VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi Warriors Orochi 2's]] Sun Wukong, who can annihilate anything within seconds with his at max level.
15th May '17 7:22:56 PM nombretomado
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* The Irish have the [[http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/AEmblem/Shillelagh.html shillelagh]]. No, not the silly stubby cudgel that gets passed off as such to tourists, an actual stick. Ostensibly used for a walking stick, at least where British nationals could hear it given the British ban on Irish having weapons in the earlier history of TheTroubles, but there were several fighting styles developed using it as a weapon, with the "handle" end serving as an impromptu [[DropTheHammer hammer]] if need be.

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* The Irish have the [[http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/AEmblem/Shillelagh.html shillelagh]]. No, not the silly stubby cudgel that gets passed off as such to tourists, an actual stick. Ostensibly used for a walking stick, at least where British nationals could hear it given the British ban on Irish having weapons in the earlier history of TheTroubles, UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, but there were several fighting styles developed using it as a weapon, with the "handle" end serving as an impromptu [[DropTheHammer hammer]] if need be.
9th May '17 11:00:32 PM Golondrina
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* [[MagicKnight Duane]] from ''{{Unsounded}}'' fights with one of these when not using pymary.

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* [[MagicKnight Duane]] from ''{{Unsounded}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' fights with one of these when not using pymary.
4th May '17 6:05:49 PM Raidrik
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* Monster X [[note]]in human form[[/note]] in ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' uses a broken fence pipe as a staff to disable to Siren's van when they tried to flee the mall he ambushed them in.
30th Mar '17 3:23:04 AM Divra
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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' features the staff as one of the weapon styles.

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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' features the staff as one of the weapon styles.styles, though the "staff" style covers a wide variety of polearms.
** OldSoldier Sagacious Zu wields a steel-shod, weighted staff which has more in common with a polehammer than a common staff, and is easily the most lethal-looking piece of hardware in the game.
28th Mar '17 7:09:05 PM nombretomado
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* Admiral Harper of ''OpenBlue'' keeps a [[SwordCane sword]] in his walking stick, but his ImplausibleFencingPowers allow him to use it just fine in a fight without drawing the sword.

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* Admiral Harper of ''OpenBlue'' ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' keeps a [[SwordCane sword]] in his walking stick, but his ImplausibleFencingPowers allow him to use it just fine in a fight without drawing the sword.
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