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More from Kung Fu Direct (see previous posts for address, two carbon fiber composite staffs and several traditional normal-length staffs)

http://www.kungfudirect.com/proddetail.php?prod=TLW015

Lengths of 108″, 120″ and 130″. $100, $105 and $110 respectively. I will try to obtain tapers and weights.

Nice photo, by the way. Due to its length and color, the long pole is not the easiest subject for a portrait, and is even more challenging to film in a movie.  In the Chen Family Style Long Pole 13 Movements set there are a fair number of times in the set that the tip of the staff impacts the ground. Not recommended for steel spear points – or their colorful fringes.  Anyone who films or even practices outdoors here in California has learned two words: foxtails and mud. So if the swords or spears or whatever have tassels or fringes you really need to keep them comfortably off the ground. I admit, the brightly colored tassels look good – until you have to clean debris off them. When we filmed at Black Diamond Regional Park even with very little weapon to ground contact I had to keep switching sword tassels because of all the foxtails. We called it wringing the mop.
Because of the length and the fact that many moves are done at full extension the tip of the staff might be 12 or 13 feet from your body. This makes it challenging to keep the person and the weapon in the frame even when the camera-person knows what is going on.  While the wooden pole does not reflect much light (unlike, say a saber) many cameras struggle to keep the pole looking sharp and crisp as it moves from light sky above to golden grass below. It is not always simple during a multi-year drought to find a place where the lawn is watered frequently and is dry enough to film on. Besides avoiding problems with intense light and heat during the middle of the day,  filming early or late usually has the advantage that the sky is bluer.

Coming next: long pole videos from different martial arts and some comments on extra long spear tassels

 

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