Re: Woman's Staff vs. Multiple Attack
Transitions Big to Small
In terms of taoism, the staff would be seen as a "male" energy. It is large, expansive and "showy" much akin to the male peacock with his colorful feathers.
The hidden knife is Yin. She is female, dark, deep, hidden and most importantly the recepticle for knowledge.
Once the female student learns to use the knife with finesse and facilty she moves on to the "long staff". She transmutes her skill to the staff. Instead of muscling the staff. She learns to finesse it. This is altogether different than how a how strappling man would be first taught to use the staff.
Joseph T. Oliva Arriola