The long stick is approximately 120 cm in length. It
should be the height of the floor to your armpit. Many
martial arts have have syllabuses involving sticks of similar
The long stick is not so much a practical weapon in modern
times - not as practical as the smaller siblings of walking
stick and short stick. Nevertheless, there are some important
lessons to be learned from practicing with the long stick.
The technical inspiration for the programme comes from the stick
arts of Japan (jo) and Indonesia (where it is referred to as
The Indonesian methods for using the long stick are closer to
and arguably relate better to the short stick, whilst the Japanese
methods arguably relate better to use of the walking stick.
However, these are broad generalizations and the fact is that all
methods have their use in the right time, place and
circumstances. For the stand alone stick course, the long
stick utilizes aspects deriving from both Japanese and Indonesian