Most people know that Eskrima, Kali, and Arnis primarily focus on stick training.
The firearm is a superior weapon compared to a stick. However the stick can be more practical.
Most beginners understand that if you learn how to fight with the stick, then no matter where you are in the world, chances are you will be able to find a weapon similar in size and shape to a stick. This makes total sense, however this is a beginner level way of thinking.
To head in the direction of higher level training, we begin with the double sticks.
Eskrima, Kali, and Arnis training also has a lot of double stick training. This is where some people begin to moan and groan. They do not like double stick training because they say it's not practical. What are the odds of finding two sticks in a combat situation they say.
At a higher level we understand the importance to adapt during combat. In order to truly adapt to any altercation, we need to ability to use anything around us as a weapon. This is called improvised weapons skills.
To develop improvised weapons skills, we begin with the double sticks. The goal is to transfer your double stick skills to whatever weapon that is in your hand.
We build a foundation of skills with the double sticks and then do what I call a SKILL TRANSFER so that you can fight well with whatever that is in your hand.
To do a smooth skill transfer the most important ingredient is to put in a ton of repetition practice so that even when your not holding the sticks you can still feel the sticks in your hand. I call this sensation Ghost Sticks. When you are at the level where you can feel the ghost sticks, then it becomes much easier to skill transfer.