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About Joe Varady
Joe Varady, M.Ed.
Black Belt - 6th Degree - Cuong Nhu Martial Arts
Master Joe Varady began his martial arts training in 1985. Over the past three decades, he has cross trained in eastern martial arts including karate, tae kwon do, judo, wing chun, and eskrima (to name a few), and various western martial arts, such as boxing, fencing, long sword, sword and shield, and various methods of armored fighting.
Joe currently shares his martial arts knowledge as the head instructor of two programs: traditional martial arts through Satori Dojo and eclectic weapons systems through Modern Gladiatorial Arts, both located in Phoenixville PA. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2016
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This book stands apart from other staff training manuals. While most titles focus on forms and twirling, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting emphasizes the dynamics of combat. The author draws on thirty years of martial experience, presenting the best of both Eastern and Western traditions.
Joe Varady lays out a comprehensive course of study in nine levels, from beginner to expert. He guides readers through such fundamentals as stances, striking, blocking, and footwork. In advanced lessons, readers learn disarming techniques, groundwork, and facing multiple opponents.
But this book is not just for staff enthusiasts. Even those unfamiliar with martial arts can adapt these techniques, increasing their skill and confidence in defending themselves.
"Our environment is usually full of improvised weapons,” Varady writes. “Staff fighting techniques can be effectively applied in a self-defense situation using a walking stick, coatrack, curtain rod, floor lamp, hockey stick, fallen tree branch, broom, mop, shovel, or rake.”
Equipped with this knowledge, readers will begin to realize that, in one way or another, they are nearly always armed—and capable of defending themselves.
This book features
• Nine levels of instruction, progressing from easy to expert
• Over 600 photos with motion arrows
• A “nondenominational” approach to staff, utilizing the best of Eastern and Western arts
• A comprehensive, methodical approach to building staff skills
If you are already a student of the staff, these lessons will not conflict with your katas or current style. Instead, they will augment your techniques, broadening your options.
Whether you are an experienced staff fighter or a layman seeking practical techniques for self-defense, The Art and Science of Staff Fighting will help you develop the skills you need.
“Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.” ― Bruce Lee, The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
The best of both Eastern and Western stick fighting techniques
The Art and Science of Stick Fighting is a unique, non-style specific, approach to fighting with the short stick. Its curriculum is streamlined and divided into nine logical stages of training that allow the reader to quickly and methodically learn and develop the skills needed for fighting with the stick. Whether you are just starting out, or have been practicing stick fighting for years, there is something for everyone in this book. Also included are systematic workouts and descriptions of how to make and use specific training equipment as you learn and master The Art and Science of Stick Fighting.
The Art and Science of Stick Fighting features
- Nine levels of instruction, progressing from easy to expert
- Over 700 photos with motion arrows
- A “nondenominational” approach to the stick, utilizing the best of Eastern and Western arts
- A comprehensive, methodical approach to building stick fighting skills
This book stands apart from other stick fighting training manuals because it emphasizes the dynamics of combat. Many other books focus on forms and twirling. The author draws on thirty years of martial experience, presenting the best of both Eastern and Western traditions.
The Art and Science of Stick Fighting begins with the basics, upon which everything else relies.
- A stable stance
- Basic footwork
- An effective guard
From there you learn different types of strikes and how to practice them in helpful, easy-to-learn patterns. The aim is to grow so comfortable wielding a stick that it is as though the stick has become an extension of your body.
Once the basics are in place, you learn the strategies and tactics of fighting with the stick at long, middle, and close range. By controlling the distance, you control the fight!
- Learn important guidelines for sparring, from light contact up to full-contact training.
- Learn how to construct your own padded weapons.
- Learn effective fighting tips that will rev up your game.
Also included are chapters on advanced techniques; combating short ranged weapons such as a knife to long range weapons like the staff. Even detailed techniques to use when your opponent is armed but you are not!
Whether you already study the stick or are just starting out, if you want to learn how to get an edge , The Art and Science of Stick Fighting is for you!
The Art and Science of Self Defense Training provides you with a condensed system of distilled self-defense skills and techniques, each carefully selected for its reliability in a high stress environment. Topics include situational awareness, avoidance, and how to take action should you need to physically defend yourself.
Martial arts, combat sports, and self-defense are different realms; although interconnected they are not entirely the same. — This book can help bridge that gap.
This curriculum is streamlined and divided into nine logical stages of training that allows both martial artists and those with no formal fighting experience to quickly and methodically learn and develop reliable skills for self-defense.
While training in the martial arts or competitive combat sports can aid you in a self-defense situation, it does not prepare you for those aspects that are unique to actual self-defense.
The book begins with the basics, upon which everything else relies – awareness, avoidance, and anticipation skills – before moving on to building a reliable arsenal of self-defense techniques. You will progress through a series of carefully selected actions for high stress situations.
The aim of this curriculum is to improve confidence and skills in a structured and logical way.
- Awareness skills including situational, spatial, and environmental
- Avoidance skills to deal with fear, escape, and de-escalation
- Anticipation skills for being approached, posturing, and reading body language
- Action arsenal including targeting, striking, yelling, evading, and countering
- Advanced arsenals for dealing with ground fighting, weapons, and multiple attackers
Whether you are just starting out, or have been practicing martial arts for years, there are important self-defense skills for everyone in this book.