Lately I've dug out my old rattan staffs and dusted of some old forms and drills, and have even been teaching a couple of students the basics. One of the students spent many years in his younger days back in the 70s and 80s doing hard, old school TKD, and had some training with a bo. Ironically, he really struggles with the Escrima staff work we do. My own background is mainly Escrima and Wing Chun, so my staff work, especially power generation is very different. And that seems to be the problem. For example when gripping the staff in the center (as compared to using one end) we tend to favor the double palm-down grip, stand and basically move a lot like a boxer. This tough old TKD guy keeps his body straight back and square to the front, snapping the staff with his arms and a bit of hip, but without engaging his whole body. He seems to miss out on mobility, angling and most of all power generation. So I took a tour on-line and have to say, most of what I found was either a lot of showy and useless twirling, or very rigid old style kobudo that looked a bit like the way my student moved. I found almost nobody doing what I was taught until I came across this, a fragment of an old video from the early 90s by Rene Latosa. It's basically what we were doing today. For a briefer look skip ahead to about the 7:00 mark and watch. So, my question is, Why is this (apparently) an unusual way to apply the staff and generate power. To me it's totally natural. And not even new. It's escrima, boxing, ...heck even a bit like Paulus Hector Mair. Any thoughts???