Double Stick

Double stick isn't something that I practice or teach much. It's highly unlikely that you'll ever find yourself in a situation where you have two sticks against an attacker. Double sticks can be used to represent two blunt objects, two sharp objects, or a combination of the two, but if I'm going to use a weapon I generally prefer to have one hand free. With that said, double stick practice can be fun, and it's great for coordination.

Below you'll find a series of instructional images from my upcoming book on weapon use and defense, demonstrating a simple double stick "pattern" that can be used with the 4 Step Matrix. Notice that the first two strikes can be used as a covered entry, the second and third pairs are covered follow ups to the arm and head, and the final two represent a covered exit. The backward step or return that coincides with the fourth pair of strikes could be used in a self defense situation, but other exiting footwork would generally be better. However, returning to the original starting position allows the drill to continue repeatedly. This pattern can be practiced with a training partner doing the identical pattern across from you, hitting sticks, but one of you will need to change the angle of the horizontal blows in order to avoid hitting each other.

Ready Position Right Inward Swing

Ready position. Step forward with the left foot and execute a right #1 (inward and diagonally downward swing) as the left stick is chambered under the right arm.

Left Backhand Right Backhand

Execute a left #2 (outward and diagonally downward swing) as the right stick is chambered at the upper left shoulder. Rotate clockwise using a Pekiti Tirsia style side step and execute a right #2 as the left stick is chambered at the left shoulder.

Right Inward Swing Chamber Position

Execute a left #1 as the right stick is chambered behind the right shoulder. The left stick follows through to chamber under the right arm.

Right Horizontal Strike Left Horizontal Strike

Bring the right foot back, rotating your body counter-clockwise as you execute a right #5 (horizontal inward strike). Execute a left #6 (horizontal backhand) as the right stick is chambered above your left shoulder.

Right Backhand Left Inward Swing

Bring your left foot back, bringing your feet together, as you execute a right #2. Execute a left #1 as your right stick chambers under your left arm. This completes one series of the 4 Step Matrix.

Right Backhand Left Backhand

To begin the next series, take a forward triangular step with your right foot and execute a right #2. Execute a left #2 as your right stick chambers over your right shoulder.

Right Inward Swing Left Backhand

Rotate counter-clockwise using a Pekiti Tirsia style side step as you execute a right #1. Your left hand should simultaneously chamber under your right arm. From the same position, execute a left #2.

Right Horizontal Strike Left Horizontal Strike

Bring your left foot back and rotate your body clockwise as you execute a right #6. Execute a left #5 as your right stick chambers over your right shoulder.

Left Backhand Right Inward Strike

Bring your right foot back so that your feet come together, simultaneously executing a left #2. Execute a right #1 as your left stick chambers under your right arm. This completes another series of the 4 Step Matrix.

You can see the same patterns with the addition of the next two series of the 4 Step Matrix using a single stick here.

Below is an example of a double stick application. This application is obviously staged to show the use of the above training pattern. In a real self defense situation the pattern may or may not work exactly as demonstrated.

Ready Positions Inward Attack

Black shirt attacks with a right #1 to draw gray shirt's block.

Striking Follow Up Striking Follow Up

When gray shirt blocks, black shirt hits his hand and arm.

Striking Follow Up Striking Follow Up

Black shirt continues to follow up, hitting gray shirt in the arm and face.

Striking Follow Up Striking Follow Up

Black shirt does one more strike to gray shirt's head, and then strikes the back of gray shirt's head as he exits.

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