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Flow patterns with the Bâton à Deux Bouts (two-ended staff) at Kickstart Arts

Learn basic patterns and signature moves from 16th century France

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Welcome to Kickstart Arts’ Creative Exchange: Workshops in Everything

Historically, the two-headed spear known as Bâton à Deux Bouts, was a required arms of study for French fencing masters.

This session will cover a few of the simpler formal movement patterns that make this style of “dancing with a staff” a distinctive martial art.

Beginning with the basics of how to move your feet and body, Graeme will continue to teach hand and grip swaps, circular ‘Moulinet’ swings, and thrusts.

You will not cover fighting applications. but will concentrate on the solo forms as an enjoyable activity in itself.

WHAT YOU’LL GET

  • Knowledge of the basics of this form of exercise so you can continue at home
  • Printed instructions for a few of the basic patterns
  • New connections to people with a similar interest
WHAT TO BRING
  • Loose, comfy clothing
  • Water bottle

About Creative Exchange: The Kickstart Arts Centre in New Town is fast becoming a community hub for arts and culture.  Creative Exchange is a flagship project offering an ongoing program of workshops led by and for people from all walks of life.  If you have a skill to share, please get in touch.

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About the teacher:

Graeme is a prominent authority in Australia on reconstructing Baton A Deux Bouts. He has taught it at workshops around Australia, including the Australasian Western Martial Arts Conference and the Tasmanian Swordplay Symposium.

Graeme’s swordplay interest began during formal lessons in Foil and Epee in 1975, becoming a member of various fencing clubs since.  However, his primary interest continues to be the solo training exercises and forms of the Baton a Deux Bouts.