Stick Is Best?
Traditional sticks used in the Philippines for training are made
from 'Oway' rattan. Of course their are other types of rattan
used in the Philippines, but this particular type is the most
popular. Rattan sticks are usually first dried out in the sun
and then cooked in flame to harden.
The skin should not be removed and cooked
thoroughly to harden because 50% of the stick's strength resides
in its skin. Although sanding the skin off does remove the imperfections
severely weaken the stick!
some unscrupulous suppliers have been stocking semi-cooked skinned
sticks to force you to replenish them more often! If your instructor
is selling this kind beware, insist on 'FMA
Direct' sticks as all our sticks are traditionally
hand made, unskinned and only use the highest quality rattan from
at FMA Direct we make things to last at a price you can afford
- we will NEVER stock inferior Non-Filipino Rattan!
are used for tournaments and training and should not be confused
with bamboo which is weaker and hollow. It is recommended that
only rattan sourced from the Philippines is used for training
as rattan from India or China has long proved to be inferior in
terms of quality and strength due its type and lesser density.
is 'Oway' rattan sourced?
Oway rattan can only be found deep in the Philippines forest and
is vine like, so is therefore not straight naturally. It not until
it is heated that it can be straightened and hardened by hand
- hence the reason why rattan sticks are more expensive than bamboo,
because they require more work to manufacture, unlike bamboo which
is much weaker, but quite straight naturally.
In the Philippines
'Kamagong' (iron wood) sticks are also used. However these are
mainly used for combat and are not often used in training because
they are made traditionally from hard 'Narra' wood which is rare
and takes a long time to grow.
thickness is best?
The thickness of the stick is also another consideration,
most Filipinos prefer their stick to be thin because they like
to coil the fingers round for a firmer grip. However, some like
having a thick stick sacrificing grip for extra weight. Many of
you maybe be thinking ...well if I have a thin stick won't it
break more easily? Not so! ...Because the sticks are so thin they
are more flexible (elastic) so they absorb blows better and are
less likely to fly out of your hand in a stick fight!
length is best?
The length of a stick
is the final consideration, some Filipinos prefer their stick
to be long for greater range and weight, however this is not without
its disadavantages. Long sticks may have the range and greater
weight, but what they make up for in this area they lose in terms
of speed, control and close quarter ability.