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Singlestick / Cudgels

Singlestick (also known as cudgels), a form of Stick Fighting, is a martial art that uses a wooden stick. It began as a way of training sailors in the use of swords, but evolved into a competitive sport. Competitions started in single sticks as early as the 16th century but by the 20th century it was becoming rare.

The singlestick weapon is a slender, round wooden rod, traditionally made from of ash, with a basket hilt. They are typically around 36 inches (91 cm) in length and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, becoming more narrow at the tip.

The sport was contested as a part of the Olympics in 1904, and was discontinued after that due to lack of participation. The sport is now not practiced widely. The art of singlesticks was revived by the Royal Navy in the 1980s, and is used occasionally as a form of weapon training.

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