GRABONG (quarterstaff) is a traditional weapon-based martial art, that uses body long objects, such as staffs, quarterstaffs, spears or even broomsticks as improvised weapons.
Ever since southeast Asian wanderers and monks have used simple bamboo staffs to carry provisions and luggage – or to defend themselves against waylays and wild animals.
According to the legend “Zaiyuh” it was a monk named Tam Gam Jang, who repeatedly used a magical long staff, while traveling through the area of Nunjauw in order to bring Buddhist teachings to China.
But more likely is that Pahuyuth free warriors have used such staffs ever since to defend themselves against way layers and wild animals.
A typical free warrior GRABONG is an even, body long quarterstaff made from solid wood. Ancient war staffs were additionally coated with metal wire meshes or plated with metal in order to provide resistance against sword blades.
The specialty of GRABONG are the complex spinning techniques, that distinguishes this unique discipline from most other staff-fighting martial arts and allows to use long weapons in close-quarters or difficult terrain.
It is said, that a good GRABONG warrior can make a bulky long staff look as smooth and flexible as a rope.
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