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Stick-Fighting

Stick-Fighting is a type of martial arts which use a hand-held long slender wooden stick for fighting. The 'stick' can be a staff, cane, walking stick, baton or similar. Includes variations such as singlestick and da canne de combat.

The styles of stick fighting developed as a form of safer training rather than wielding heaver and more effective dangerous weapons, but also as a self-defence when lightly armed. Sticks of various sizes are common weapons in many Asian martial arts.

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Stick fighting battles are usually in the form of one-on-one duels, using a single stick held in the hand. Many of the early forms of stick fighting are not currently practised, having fallen out of favour when fencing became more prevalent. The French system of la canne is still practised as a competitive sport, as is singlestick mainly as a training method for the sport of fencing.

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