Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day #2: Fundamentals: Grips

Welcome to Inktober 2018 Day 2!

Inktober is an event where artists draw 1 picture for each day in the month of October. This year's focus/theme will be on the staff/spear with my notes. Please forgive my crappy picture of the page.



  1. Palm Up/Down grip - Fight initially at long ranges and can rapidly shift hands to center of staff for close-quarters. Powerful long and short strikes using 'push-pull' action of the hands.
  2. Palms Down grip - For close-quarters and levering. Effective for blocking and pushing.
  3. Baseball bat grip - Facilitates rapid, circular, flourishing attacks, where the staff makes a series of vertical spins to block and strike. Best for 5-6 feet staves. If hands closer together, can deliver powerful strikes like holding a baseball bat.
  4. Single-end grip - Used at long range. Facilitates long- and medium- range fights. Can deliver fast long-range thrusts.
  5. Reverse grip - Good for ascending strikes or levering between legs for takedowns/trips.


  1. Some grips may be better for attacks, blocks or both.
  2. Practice various grips in various situations.


  1. McLemore, Dwight C. "The Fighting Staff". Paladin Press, 2009.
  2. Demura, Fumio. "Bo:  Karate Weapon of Self-Defense". Ohara Publications, 1976.
  3. Varady, Joe. "The Art and Science of Staff Fighting". YMAA Publication Center, 2016.

My drawings for Inktober 2018 (this will be updated daily to add links to each subsequent picture in the series):

Inktober 2017's focus was predominately knifefighting and if you want to check it out, please visit my Projects page.



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