What is staff?

Staff is a hard stick  with two fire heads at both ends. It is most often made of aluminum or duralumin (recommended) tube, and there is anti-slip grip in the middle. Staff is a commonly used device in fire shows.

Kinds of fire staff

Long / contact staff

The long staff is usually 150 cm long and about 20 mm in diameter, with heads 10 cm wide at both ends.
US measurements the staff is 59 inches long, 13/16 inch in diameter, with fire heads 4 inch wide.  

It can be rotated with the help of the hands around the body, like poi and fans, it can be thrown, but the most specific thing is that contact movements can be made. Contact tricks with staff are the performed  as the pros is controlled with the help of the body. The parts of the body that are mostly used are the neck, the shoulder, the armpit and the elbows. Using  the center of gravity of the staff and balancing it, makes the prop to rotate around to body.

One of the most impressive movements that is performed is the “fire spitting” with staff, which is performed by swirling the staff around its axis and scattering fine droplets of fuel.

Short staff / double staffs

A very interesting fire tool is the short staffs. They usually are being spined in pairs, but some people use three. They are about 85 cm long and have heads of 6.5 cm. The US measures 33 inches and a head of 2.5 inches.

Due to the fact that the fire heads are 4 in number, people who spin double staffs have the opportunity to create a very interesting illusion and can use a wide range of movements.

Because short staffs are lighter, they are also easier to throw. In this way you have the opportunity to keep throwing in the air, where the juggling of staffs comes from. As I mentioned, the classic version has two, but you can use more.

Short fire staff

Dragon staff

One of the interesting wick arrangements for fire staff is the Dragon staff. The structure of the prop is a bit different; in the ends of the metal tube there are 3, 4 or 5 kevalr heads, which gives the staff more rotational inertia. The dragon staff is able to create incredibly intricate patterns of fire and itrs more interesting for the audience, because there is more fire. A Dragon staff is similar to a contact staff in that it rolls over a performer’s body and isn’t held, but requires a different set of skills to manipulate because of the larger ends and the extra momentum generated by the rotation or rolling of the staff.

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Wooden staff

If you want to spin a staff, but without lighting it, then the wooden staff is right for you. It is also combined and used with some martial arts, as the movements very much overlap and resemble each other.

Led staff

Like any other flow prop, the staff has its own version that lights up. It is perfect for indoor spaces where it is not possible to rotate fire.

Fire staff spinning is a mesmerizing and ancient art form that has been practiced for centuries around the world. It involves spinning a long staff that is lit on fire, creating a stunning display of movement, light, and fire. In recent years, fire staff spinning has gained popularity around the world as a form of performance art, exercise, and meditation. In this article, we will explore the benefits of fire staff spinning for both physical and mental health, as well as its cultural significance and entertainment value.

Firstly, fire staff spinning is a great workout for the body. It engages the arms, shoulders, and core muscles, providing a low-impact, full-body workout that can help to build strength, endurance, and flexibility. Additionally, the fast-paced spinning motion can help to increase heart rate and improve cardiovascular health. Fire staff spinning can be a great option for those looking for a unique and engaging form of exercise.

Fire staff spinning can also be a form of meditation, helping to clear the mind and reduce stress levels. The focused concentration required to spin the staff can help to quiet the mind and promote relaxation, making it a great form of mindfulness practice. The rhythm of the spinning staff can be used as a focal point to help quiet the mind and reduce stress, making it an excellent option for those looking for a meditative practice.

From a cultural standpoint, staff spinning has deep roots in various cultures around the world, including ancient India and China. It is believed that staff spinning was used as a tool for training warriors and improving coordination and dexterity. Today, fire staff spinning is still performed in cultural festivals and events as a way to celebrate and honor these cultural traditions.

From an entertainment standpoint, fire staff spinning is a captivating and unique form of performance art that can be adapted to fit any theme or setting. Fire staff performers can create a variety of styles and techniques to fit any occasion, from slow and graceful movements to fast and high-energy routines. This makes it an excellent choice for events such as weddings, corporate events, and festivals.

In conclusion, fire staff spinning is a versatile and captivating art form that offers many benefits for physical and mental health, as well as cultural significance and entertainment value. Whether you’re a performer, spectator, or practitioner, fire staff spinning is an art form that can provide a unique and mesmerizing experience. Fire staff spinning is a great option for those looking for a unique and engaging form of exercise, a meditative practice, or a cultural experience. Additionally, fire staff spinning is an excellent choice for events, adding a captivating and unforgettable element to any occasion.

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