Don't mean to be disrespectful, You did give me a few good advice like going slow, the videos on full contact stick fights where the grappler rush and take the guy to the ground. I might not know stick fight, but I do have a few years experience in MA and I watch enough videos and sparred enough to know what is fancy vs what works.If you understand the basics then you can easily weed out the unrealistic stuff. I find that most people who see a lot of "Fancy" in martial arts are either focusing on the wrong things or don't have the necessary knowledge to understand how it works.
If you don't know the basics or never sparred with a cane, stick, or staff then a lot of this stuff is going to look fancy and feel foreign. This is especially true if you don't get any formal training in it.
I remember there was a time where people thought my Jow Ga was fancy and unrealistic.
Oh by the way. I gym just opened up close to me with some heavy bags. I'm excited about that. I just got my booster and the gym is open 24/7. But that's another story.
Lets take a look at some realistic things here. There are 3 ranges (zones) of fighting.
- Long range
- Close range
If you have a cane and you and I are sparring. I'm going to deny you your long range attacks. Most people only know "Beat someone with a stick" or "Swing a stick" Must of that knowledge that they have about that is in range #1. Long range.
So how do I deny you #1. Long range fighting ability. Easy. I sneak up on you and grab your cane. If I take your cane, then I know you can't hit me with it. You will either try to keep it or you'll let it go.
So my question to you is. What do you do?
1. Do you know how to free your cane from a grab?
2. Do you know how to use the cane when someone is tugging on it like that? It's possible. There are techniques that do just that.
You may have answers for these questions or you may not. It just depends on how you train and what you understand. There have been so many times where I hear "Fancy" and I think to myself "What's fancy about it?"
All the fancy stuffs, it was only Lamont Glass that talked about Casting, Tony Dismukes actually talked about body mechanics. I cannot help but to laugh at all the fancy stuffs. Casting and body mechanics are what I consider important. You can laugh at it, I've been around. In MA, I only practice how to punch with body mechanics, how to hit hard, hit as fast as possible, how to close the distance and how to move away from harm's way.
You linked some good videos, but I watched the videos you linked, but I will never even want to learn this:
Sorry. How hard can he hit, all the turning around, switching the ends back and fore. It's just not me, I honestly never even watch to the end. Show me a video that this work in real fight, I'll take a second look. I mean actually competition or fight.
Again, you are one of the few here I respect, I think about this a long time before I respond this.