Fire Staffs Resources & Price Comparison
Tossing and twirling, wrapping and twisting, the spinning of fire staffs is never lacking in spectaular crowd-pleasing moves. But staffs have only recently joined the performance arts; before that, they had been used in various, mostly Eastern-oriented, martial art techniques. Once people figured that Kevlar goes well with the staff-ends, we lit it up, and fire staff spinning/tossing/twirling/twisting was born!
Coming a long way since then, staff spinning now presents a legit, recognized fire dancing modality with its own set of moves and styles. Given its rapid development in recent years, spending a few words on it is the least we can do.
Choosing one particular staff among many can take some time, albeit probably not as much than it is the case with other fire toys. The most important decision to make here is the length of your staff. Opting for shorter one will have the qualities of lower weight, ease of transport, causing less blues upon hitting yourself (trust me, you will be hitting yourself when starting out), but also burning yourself more easily as the flames are not so far between. Longer staffs are heavy, a lot easier to do contact moves with, easier to spin due to the momentum they create, but can be limiting in terms of the sheer number of moves you can perform.
Difference In Style
There’s more than one way to wield the staff, all of which require different states of mind and, of course, different levels of skill.
Rotational (non-contact) spinning is your everyday staff manipulation. The first one to learn, the last to perfect, this style relies on manipulating the staff around itself and around your body. Coupled with throwing and other acrobatic moves, spinning staff rotationally is, although sufficient in itself, a necessary step towards the learning of other styles.
Contact spinning, compared to rotational, has one big difference: you don’t grip the staff, ever. You rather wrap it around your arm, wrist, shoulder, and other parts of your body. But as you wrap the stuff around the body, you need to wrap your body around the staff as well, otherwise it won’t work. I know, it’s not easy, at all; but it’s just as fun as it is tough to learn.
Fire staff juggling is perhaps the people’s favorite. Not because it is extremely difficult to perform, no; but because it looks so damn great! It’s not as poetic as contact spinning, but there is something fascinating in juggling three or more fire staffs with some velocity.
I couldn’t resist mentioning the dragon staff. It’s every bit as cool as it sounds. Think of it as the two fire fans attached to the both ends of the staff. What this particular wick arrangement, due to the rotational momentum, allows is a whole set of new moves built atop the contact staff spinning style. It really is something!
Nowadays, fire staff spinning is more diverse than ever before, and there has never been more opportune moment to share in to this fascinating art form.