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Amusing how despite there being a picture of sticking fighting in Indian martial arts up on this article there's...no mention of it in the list...
I was the one that requested this page (as a summary and hub for the various martial arts stick fighting schools which already have entries). The kendo clone ('White Sticks'?) was not what I had in mind.
NOTE... I do not believe kendo involves sticks, but rather bamboo straightswords called (Japanese) shinai or (Chinese) zhen he. ... Kendo transliterated in Chinese is jiandao, or way of swords, not way of sticks. Jiandao is the inherator of Chinese Jianshu, or ... art of the sword. Kendo is complementary of (japanese) Iaido (Chinese) Juhedao, which are two sword forms. Jianshu on the otherhand ... is complementary to Gunshu, a quarterstaff art of China. oddly, I do not find it listed... ... Oh, and from now on, everyone identify who you are. ... --Taichiwarrior 22:19, 12 August 2005 (UTC)
Kendo is Stick Fighting?
I'm wary of labeling Kendo as 'stick fighting'. It's true that they use wooden weapons, and indeed that, in competition, those weapons are straight rather than curved like a proper katana, but I'm pretty sure Kendo should be classified as a sword school. After all, martial arts that indisputably should be called sword methods (e.g. the many varieties of kenjutsu) use wooden weapons, but they are plainly wooden -swords-.
One meaningful difference is that a 'stick' (a short staff) is wielded very much differently from a sword. While "sticks" can be swung in a sword-like manner, "stick" techniques also employ, for instance, sliding thrusts and grip changes that would be absurd if wielding a sword.
--GenkiNeko 00:23, 8 June 2006 (UTC)
Should it be mentioned that young people use a form of "Stick fighting" as entertainment? I, for one, played stick-fighting games with my neighbors, siblings, cousins...
In the introduction, we find the following line: "but thicker and/or heavier bananas such as clubs or the mace"