In the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu as taught by the LFIAA weapon training is a natural progression that all students take in their development of learning and mastering this traditional Chinese internal martial art. The first weapon that we teach to students is the Staff (Gun) for which they will begin to learn by practicing the Feng Shou-Gongfu Staff form, solo Staff fighting exercises that combine footwork with defensive and offensive techniques which allows the student to naturally move in a balanced and skilful manner.
The Chinese consider any weapon to be just an extension of the hands, if your base martial art is a well balanced and deep system then you will naturally progress to learning weapons. The true learning of any weapon and especially the Staff is to be found in the two-person fighting exercises that develop each students agility, dexterity, concentration, reactions, timing, accuracy and precision. In the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu a student will start learning the two-person Staff Linear Rollaways exercise which allows the student to develop fast footwork and the skilful use of the Staff to defend or attack with using either end of the Staff at various heights.
Once the Feng Shou-Gongfu student as become proficient at the ” Straight-line” Staff Rollaways exercise, they will then progress to the Angular Staff two-person exercise, which combines the Linear and Angular together into one exercise which means each student can now attack each other from various angles as well as defend themselves from such angles raising their skill level in the use of the Staff (Gun) to much higher levels of proficiency. The final stage of Staff training for the student is to then learn the Circular Staff training method, they can only learn the Circular Staff training method once they have excelled at the Linear and Angular training methods.
At the final stage of learning how to use the Staff the student of the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu will spontaneously flow in a freestyle exercise that fully allows them to express their skilful understanding of how to wield the Staff using the concepts and principles of Yin & Yang constantly changing and adapting to any situation.