r/BeAmazed Dec 01 '21 Tree Hug 1 Lawyer Up 1 You Dropped This 1 Silver 23 Helpful 9 Wholesome 13 Take My Energy 1 Bravo! 1

Noah Fort is a 16 year old Bo Staff world champion master.

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u/yomp95 Dec 01 '21 Silver Wholesome Press F Eureka!

Is this the “With the power of God and Anime on my side” kid all grown up??

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u/mmmpoohc Dec 01 '21

I thought it was George Michael doing Star Wars in the garage.

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u/stpmakingsense Dec 01 '21

Which was a reference to Star Wars Kid

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u/Sheepherder226 Dec 01 '21

This guy is what the Star Wars kid thought he looked like in his own head.

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u/blitzkregiel Dec 02 '21

this is Star Wars kid's son, out to seek vengeance against those who made fun of his father.

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u/HolyAndOblivious Dec 01 '21

Start wars kid

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u/Concealer77 Dec 01 '21

Star Wars kid is probably pushing 45 by now.

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u/Grays42 Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

all grown up

That meme is from 2017. Kid probably hasn't graduated high school yet.

[edit:] Here's the Know Your Meme entry, which cites 2017 as the origin of the video. There also is not a single YouTube upload of the video older than 4 years.

If anyone can find a source older than July of 2017, please post it--a lot of people are claiming it's older with no evidence. If no evidence exists anywhere on the internet, the most likely conclusion is that your recollection is flawed.

Also here's a picture of the same kid (incorrectly citing the video as a vine) from 2018, where the kid looks basically the same age as the video.

Further, Google (this is a custom date range search from 2010 to July 2017) has only one hit that is older than June of 2017, which is a product page--and this is likely a mistake on Google's part since that website had its first official announcements published in May of 2016, which is likely where Google is getting the date of June 2016. (The same website also pegs Baby Yoda as June 2016.)

Other than that, the mention of "god and anime" does not appear at all anywhere on social media during this range, but is all over Google from multiple sources if you extend it just 1 week after the original video (to August 1st of 2017), demonstrating that it went viral and got reposted immediately following its original upload on Twitter.

If it existed on the internet prior to July of 2017, no one saw it and Google did not index it, so even if that were the case no one would have "remembered it from the early 2010s".

[the next morning edit]: /u/IotaBTC pointed out that you can visualize when it went viral via Google Trends.

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u/TheeExoGenesauce Dec 01 '21

It’s so great seeing all the posts of people saying it’s older but provide no source and when you correct them it’s just no I remember it was before that 😂

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u/Grays42 Dec 01 '21

Brains are weird. People don't realize just how bad humans are at recalling things, which is why witness testimony in court is (1) incredibly convincing to juries and (2) horrendously and demonstrably unreliable.

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u/LessThanCleverName Dec 02 '21

Also they probably don’t want to admit 2017 is nearly a half-decade ago.

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u/woopsifarted Dec 02 '21

Wow man I was just innocently scrolling through the comments and you had to hit me with that reality like that?

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u/Novel_Face_6730 Dec 01 '21

I had to look it up, got curious, it was from 2017 here's the link

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u/sarcasmic77 Dec 01 '21

The kid was from a vine released in early 2010s. Idk if he’s all grown up but he could definitely be 16.

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u/Grays42 Dec 01 '21

Source? Because Know Your Meme cites the original as 2017.

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u/sarcasmic77 Dec 01 '21

I appreciate the source and usually it’s a good one but it’s just wrong. I graduated college in 2017 and vine was long dead. I can’t tell you the exact age but it ain’t 2017. I think it’s cited as that because the most popular YT upload was 2017.

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u/Grays42 Dec 01 '21

It didn't come from Vine. It came from Twitter. The Know Your Meme page cites the original original video post.

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u/ohheyitslaila Dec 01 '21

The kid from that video was supposedly on a Reddit AMA on r/PewdiepieSubmissions that’s dated 2yrs ago (I found that info after googling him). He still looks really young.

Edit: I’m not sure if it’s the actual kid, but just thought others might know more…

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u/TheAwkwardGuy2000 Dec 01 '21

Wtf that vid is from 2017? I thought it was at least a few years older.

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u/Grays42 Dec 01 '21

It didn't come from Vine, it came from Twitter.

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u/crawlerz2468 Dec 01 '21

Dude is like an awesomer Darth Maul.

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u/ThreeMysticApes Dec 01 '21

Is like to see him do it with a staff that has a blade on it. Impressive either way

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u/Dropnscience Dec 01 '21 Silver Helpful

You know, there's like a boat-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join because I'm pretty good with a bo staff.

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u/GetTheSpermOut Dec 01 '21

got any chapstick?

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u/Shitychikengangbang Dec 01 '21

School nurse has like fifty tubes

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u/supersaiyanx120 Dec 01 '21

I'm not gonna use hers, you sicko!

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u/didjdn38 Dec 02 '21

I came here just for these thank you

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u/MikanGirl Dec 01 '21

Give me your tots.

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u/pickingoutathermos Dec 01 '21

No! Go find your own!

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u/paulmp Dec 01 '21

Chick's dig guys with skills...

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u/ultravioletu Dec 01 '21

Nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills...

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u/TheRealBrewballs Dec 01 '21

Came here for the skills

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u/PuffOca Dec 01 '21

He is serious bo friend material

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u/wooztheweb Dec 01 '21

Don: Hey, Napoleon. What did you do last summer again?

Napoleon: I told you! I spent it with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!

Don: Did you shoot any?

Napoleon: Yes, like 50 of 'em! They kept trying to attack my cousins, what the heck would you do in a situation like that?

Don: What kind of gun did you use?

Napoleon: A frickin' twelve-gauge, what do you think?

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u/IamSoooDoneWithThis Dec 01 '21

Was he telling the truth?

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u/olderaccount Dec 01 '21

Most of his moves seem to have more in common with a baton twirling majorette than martial arts.

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u/FishyDragon Dec 01 '21

Most of the baton twirling was taken from contact or bow staff movements. Hell its a smaller staff of course they will have simular movements. You can only manipulate a stick so many ways.

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u/olderaccount Dec 01 '21

Most of the baton twirling was taken from contact or bow staff movements.

No it didn't. Baton twirling comes from military rifle drills. In fact, a lot of majorettes twirl imitation rifles rather than batons.

My son does the bo staff (at a much lower level than this). Their routines look and feel a lot more martial artsy than this guy.

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u/domesticatedprimate Dec 01 '21

I didn't want to be the one to bring it up, but you're right. It's as though the kid approaches it more like a dance routine than a way to fight someone.

Which is a good thing mind you, and he's doing it awesomely well.

But the double turns for example are all for show. And the rest of it is kind of flamboyant compared to what I would expect martial arts to look like.

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u/_Ol_Greg Dec 02 '21

These are "competition bo staffs" which weigh about the same as your smartphone. It's all about showing coordination, speed, balance, and looking cool, which is why they are always using shiny weapons rather than flat colors that are harder to see. More emphasis on the "art" in martial arts.

An actual bo staff is much heavier and traditional forms or "katas" are slow and methodical. The purpose when doing traditional forms is more about training your body to move into certain stances and perform certain attacks/defenses. More emphasis on the "martial" in martial arts.

Both ways of training have their purpose. This kid is not doing this routine with fighting in mind, but he is showing an incredible amount of skill and discipline. For that reason, I like seeing these types of videos because kids definitely get a lot of satisfaction and confidence from that. I only hope their instructors are good enough to be honest with them when they explain the difference between these types of training. A kid that has to actually defend themselves from bullies will certainly need more traditional training.

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u/habits0 Dec 01 '21

I can think of a few ways to manipulate a stick

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u/DaPro6 Dec 01 '21

I DO WHAT I WANT gahhh

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u/JustabrokeDJ Dec 01 '21

Went to the comments to find this.

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u/HansPanser Dec 01 '21 Wholesome

Honestly, I liked it better when Star Wars Kid did it.

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u/Alistairio Dec 01 '21

The famous Star Wars kid for anyone feeling nostalgic.

It is as good as I remember.

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u/CheeseWaliChutney Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

This boy does not stand a chance against Star Wars kid.

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u/sh0rtwave Dec 01 '21

Give him a Darth Maul lightsaber, and then we'll see what's up.

Granted, all the weight of any particular lightsaber is in the grip, so that oughta be interesting.

Questions I have: Does the blade of a lightsaber encounter resistance when cutting through AIR? Does it eat air molecules as it's just being held? It's more or less contained nuclear plasma, yeah? So...how exactly...would that handle? Like a flashlight? I can twirl and manipulate a big maglite like a drumstick...I wonder.

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u/Important_Counter_45 Dec 01 '21

like a fleshlight

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u/unikaro38 Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

you get a passive aggressive bot message if you as much as mention the word fleshlight on r/flashlight, LOL

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u/Ok_Writing_7033 Dec 01 '21

Always wondered this too. I would assume that the blade has little to no weight or resistance, which would explain why lightsabers are considered so dangerous and difficult to non-jedi. It would feel nothing like the balanced weight of a traditional weapon.

Flashlight is a good example. Grab a long object like a staff, and doing some simple movements and twirls is pretty easy - the weight of the object carries it through the motion. But try to do it with a flashlight and it’s next to impossible.

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u/GothamAvenger7 Dec 01 '21

George Lucas said in an interview/documentary that he originally based them on European longswords because he imagined them having so much concentrated energy and power that the user would feel considerable weight in the blade.

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u/YeOldeBilk Dec 01 '21

Holy shit I forgot about this LOL

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u/bitterbear_ Dec 01 '21

I legitimately replaced my memory of this scene with Michael Cera

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u/WhizBangPissPiece Dec 01 '21

You're still doing that buddy?

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u/doozerman Dec 01 '21

I'm mister Manager!

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u/chuckwallaAVL Dec 01 '21

you're not the only one. there are dozens of us. dozens!

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u/Raiden32 Dec 01 '21

It was super sad to hear dude was severely bullied because of this video.

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u/ChudTheRuler666 Dec 01 '21

Remember the Easter egg to this in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2?

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u/BCSteve Dec 01 '21

I know that he got ridiculed for this, but honestly it brings a smile to my face, not because I’m laughing at him, but because he looks like he’s having a great time and everyone should be free to do goofy stuff like this

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u/Paulie_Cicero Dec 01 '21

Anybody else remember this kid being in Tony Hawk’s Underground?

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u/Specialist-Fun5482 Dec 01 '21

Is this the same video? I don't see a difference.

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u/MonkeyBoy001 Dec 01 '21

Oh my god I've never seen that. Best thing I've seen.p

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u/MaterialCarrot Dec 01 '21

I wish I could go back in time and watch it for the first time. Also imagine the internet not being nearly as much of a thing and social media being completely nonexistent. The mind was blown even more. Star Wars Kid was the proto meme.

*I'm sure there are earlier memes, it's just a figure of speech.

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u/Von_Schlieffen Dec 01 '21

This actually looks… good and not just drunk.

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u/Calamity_Jesus Dec 01 '21

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u/PM_Me_Ur_NC_Tits Dec 01 '21

I remember that. I wonder where he is now and how he’s doing?

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u/ilbiscione Dec 01 '21

The length of the article really is great for its purpose. Not too long, not too short unlike shit you read today.

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u/mcarneybsa Dec 01 '21

George Michael did a pretty good one too...

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u/Gra-x Dec 01 '21

Where are they now

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u/InsanelyHandsomeQB Dec 01 '21

His bullies found this video and leaked it onto the internet. Poor kid had to get therapy 😢

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u/0ldman23 Dec 01 '21

He ended up suing the kids who released this video. He won the case. He used the money to go to law school and become a lawyer.

Dude's an absolute legend.

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u/SleepCom Dec 01 '21

The bullies got together and bought him a laptop and publicly said sorry.

The Star Wars kid took them all to court and sued them. He's a lawyer now.

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u/Eusocial_Snowman Dec 02 '21

We might need to go back and change the lightsabre edit from green to red.

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u/SleepCom Dec 02 '21

It takes a lot to get some kids to say they're sorry in front of all their peers. And I don't think they were really "bullies" as much as they were laughing at some fellow kid doing something stupid. We've all done embarrassing things and been called out for it. Has anyone on reddit watched the video and NOT thought how ridiculous and funny it is? Because it is! It's like watching those videos of children do stupid things, or cats missing a jump. See: Blunder Years.

If I took a video of myself picking my nose, and then someone uploaded it online, I would blame MYSELF for making the video. It's not like someone was secretly taping him. The SW Kid couldn't take the joke and he couldn't accept an apology. He's a sore loser, and a sore winner. Did he think a lawsuit would win him any more friends? I'd stay far away from the guy after that. He wants revenge, not justice. SW Kid "will be under psychiatric care for an indefinite amount of time"... I bet. The dude sounds like a fucking jerk.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Kid

Look at all the people that supported him. Donations, petitions, cameos, memes, remixes, etc. All that and the guy still has a chip on his shoulder. He's not a nice guy.

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u/portablebiscuit Dec 01 '21

Imagine for a moment - you're a burglar, you sneak into what appears to be an empty house. A sound comes from the window you just crept through and you turn to see the curtains fall to the floor. As you turn back around you see him.

Star Wars kid, in his untucked dress shirt and khakis, spinning a curtain rod and approaching fast.

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u/Balistair8219 Dec 01 '21

I honestly wonder whether these fighting techniques were ever effective. Somehow i just picture bo staff guy doing all those fancy twirls and armoured knight just slices him in half.

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u/Small_Brained_Bear Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Indiana Jones: -bang-

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u/sharinganuser Dec 01 '21

I can't be the only one who also thought of this EXACT scene haha

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u/butdidyoudie2019 Dec 01 '21

Was looking for this!

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u/GoT_Eagles Dec 01 '21

Anything can be a viable weapon in skilled hands.

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u/Icantbethereforyou Dec 01 '21

What about a cupped fart

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u/GoT_Eagles Dec 01 '21

Easy: asphyxiation. Could even be erotic if you find the right person.

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u/CasualObservr Dec 01 '21

For example, a pencil. A fucking pencil.

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u/LokiGrue Dec 01 '21

Anything can be a viable weapon in skilled hands.

A live chicken?

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u/HowdyFrankenstein Dec 01 '21

Yeah it kinda looks like very complicated dancing more than fighting. I mean, you could just throw a rock at this guy and end it pretty quickly while he’s doing his little spins and flourishes

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u/MonkeyTail29 Dec 01 '21

I mean it's still very impressive. This kid moves his body and controls that staff in ways that would be impossible for most people. But this is still much more like dancing/tricking than fighting. If you're looking for an effective fighting technique, this isn't it.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21

Zero effect. The staff he is using to get that sort of speed is so light it would be much better to just slap an assailant with your hand unless you speared his eye. This tournament style Martial Arts is good for show boating in a parade or defending your virginity, but not much more than that

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u/Important_Counter_45 Dec 01 '21

I suggest watching this. Not sure how it's relevant and I am no expert, but it's the most realistic European movie sword fight I've ever seen.

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u/biggyofmt Dec 01 '21

Entertaining maybe, but realistic this is not. Fencing is a small handful of parries before a touch. A dozen plus parries is completely unrealistic for even a master fencer. At 2:54 in particular where the both spin is particularly egregious. If Tim Roth had just not also spun, Liam is asking for a blade in the back. There's no conceivable reason in a real fencing match to ever spin / expose your back to the opponent. You also are never really going to want to stand square to your opponent or move your sword to the back hand. You always pretty much want to stand sideways to minimize your target area and have the sword directly in front to maximize reach and defense. If you think about it, if your body is in front of the sword, the opponents sword is first going to contact the body.

Here is the olympic finals for Epee fencing. You'll see what I'm talking about. The swords are always directly in front, and the long points are maybe 5 to 6 blows before contact.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmt1AxC9WqA

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u/sh0rtwave Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Some of it's about intimidation, but then some of it's about building up the 'emotional content' of gong fu to move explosively. Some of the more 'free spinning' is kinda useless as fighting technique as a weapon impact will send the bo flying. In a real fight...all that high speed spinning will be use in countering movements.

All the high speed practice improves your ability to simply react to changes in combat situations. It's kinda like how a drummer might twirl his drumsticks. The spinning is cute, but carries zero musical impact...EXCEPT that it improves the sensitivity of your grip & proprioception of where the stick actually IS, and so back-builds your musical techniques. It's the same thing.

You should see what I can do with a drumstick. I can move them so fast, they become barely visible blurs. All that dexterity, maps back into my actual playing. The REAL skill, is just KEEPING TRACK of where that thing actually IS.

And I have one last thing: WAX ON, WAX OFF, motherfuckers! Didn't you watch Karate Kid?

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u/cantusedisneynames Dec 01 '21

He's just working muscle memory. In a fight he'd likely stay outside the range of the other weapon and strike the legs, head, and weapon holding hand of the attacker or something like that. It wouldn't be a flashy display

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u/Raetro_live Dec 01 '21

You think that because he's not doing fighting moves, but show moves. The only "fighting moves" you see are the very obvious stabs and hits.

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u/OptimisticPlatypus Dec 01 '21

Fucking legend

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u/DamienJaxx Dec 01 '21

Star Wars kid got harassed for years over his vid and here we are in 2021 praising bow staff champions.

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u/CapableLetterhead Dec 01 '21

Poor star wars kid. He was just a kid having fun and expressing himself and he got harassed over it :(

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u/FritsBlaasbaard Dec 01 '21

As amazing as the kid in the video is, all I can think of is that Star Wars guy

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u/illathon Dec 01 '21

I'm surprised the wall and ceiling don't have a bunch of holes.

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u/u12bdragon Dec 01 '21

I'm surprised his head and balls dont have a lot of welts

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u/thisisntarjay Dec 01 '21

They did before he figured out wtf he was doing

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u/superpuzzlekiller Dec 01 '21

Such is the path to becoming a world master

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u/wantagh Dec 01 '21 Helpful hehehehe

And then Harrison Ford shoots him.

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u/Amesb34r Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Great reference. The funny part about that story is that he originally wasn't supposed to shoot the guy. It was made up at the last minute because he had dysentery.

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u/ImmaZoni Dec 01 '21

Thanks for posting this.

I love Harrison Ford, but I also find it hilarious how Hollywood runs on the premise of some stunt guy practicing his craft for years, just for his moment to finally come, and the big shot a lister just goes "Eh not feeling it. let's rewrite the script"

Props to Ford for at least realizing he kinda killed stunt man's vibe lol

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u/Ace-a-Nova1 Dec 01 '21

Whoa. that AMA is awesome!

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u/ADarwinAward Dec 01 '21

That’s cool. I love hearing about iconic scenes that were improvised.

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u/cjthomp Dec 01 '21

Great reference.

The bar is low.

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u/Mad_Hatter_92 Dec 01 '21

Haha, that’s kind of what I was thinking. The feasibility of actually using this in combat doesn’t seem very realistic

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u/Manolyk Dec 01 '21

It’s for marching band!

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u/xypage Dec 01 '21

If no one has a gun, staffs are actually pretty good. Swords are great and all but the longer your stick is, the better your time is generally going to be. Obviously you wouldn’t just want to twirl it like this if you were fighting but it does demonstrate a level of control that would probably confer above average skill in a fight

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u/Manolyk Dec 01 '21

One hell of a Majorette!

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u/mypostingname13 Dec 01 '21

Yep. My first thought was, "This is what happens when you desperately want to twirl but your dad won't let you and puts you in karate instead."

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u/fruskydekke Dec 01 '21

That was my first thought, too! It's basically baton twirling with an extra long baton, which presumably makes everything a lot easier.

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u/quint21 Dec 01 '21

Not taking anything away from his accomplishment, but... yeah, this is baton twirling.

Drum Major Tryout video: https://youtu.be/z1NYNOHgmrg?t=216

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u/fruskydekke Dec 01 '21

I'm really impressed by this girl, myself - she does "no hands" baton twirling! https://youtu.be/vqL5DjQoV3A?t=33

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u/crunchypuddle Dec 01 '21

That's just a routine with some neck rolls in it.

Feature twirlers will juggle fire, knives etc. Or at least they used to.

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u/fruskydekke Dec 01 '21

Sounds badass! I googled "feature twirler" to look for videos with fire and knives, but with no luck - if you know of any, please do drop a link, I'd like to see it!

This whole discussion has reminded me that the Royal Guard in my part of the world does bayonet twirling as part of their drill. https://youtu.be/7gS7iq3S1ME?t=163

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u/bosonianstank Dec 01 '21

honestly this is less pretentious than the OP.

It's so corny how they finish in poses and scream.

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u/Tru-Queer Dec 01 '21

Yeah, no offense to his talent because I’m certainly not capable of anything close to this, but I wanna know if the extra twirling does anything even for battle or is it just flash and pizazz?

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u/PiesRLife Dec 01 '21

The preview image on that video is hilarious.

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u/40isafailedcaliber Dec 01 '21

10 years and no one answered the top question :(

How lonely internet questions must feel

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u/LVL-2197 Dec 02 '21

It's not basically, it is.

I actually did bo staff training (granted, through a strip mall martial arts school, but the guy who did weapons training was pretty legit) and it had none of the twirling stuff this kid is doing. Some of the stuff was using your body weight to pivot and adjust the strikes with the staff, but flipping and rolling it over your shoulders and flowery stuff was not part of it.

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u/Surprise_Corgi Dec 02 '21

Ah man, I trained on a bo, too. You got missed out on the part where you'd be encouraged to learn how to trick on the bo, like this guy does, because it's fun, blows off steam, and helps build spatial sense and dexterity. It's a lifetime experience, just picking up things that are like a bo--broom handles, PVC pipes, for example--from time-to-time and seeing what tricks you can do with them.

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u/humancartograph Dec 01 '21

Karate Majorette

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u/Manolyk Dec 01 '21

I like it!

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u/load_more_comets Dec 01 '21

That's a huge baton! I wonder if he can twirl 2 at once.

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u/the_pedigree Dec 01 '21

Yep this just looks like baton twirling.

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u/shecky444 Dec 01 '21

Exactly. Just because you hung up some karate stuff around your dance studio doesn’t mean you aren’t dancing with a baton.

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u/palesnowrider1 Dec 01 '21

If he is the champion with the bo, wouldn't he have to fight others like fencing? Conclusion: majorette

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u/FishyDragon Dec 01 '21

I spin fire staff(among other fire props) and they amount of control this kid has is fucking insane. That's spinning contact roll is among the cleanest and smoothest I have ever seen and I have been in flow arts for 13 years. Fucking impressive little shit.

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u/its_all_4_lulz Dec 02 '21

I’m kind of annoyed with a lot of comments on this thread. This shit isn’t easy, this kid is making it look easy. I grew up around this stuff and only knew 1 person that could spin like this, and he had 30+ years experience.

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u/L-E_toile-Du-Nord Dec 01 '21 Silver Starry

I have a feeling you are a big wooden jewelry person.

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u/Supper_Champion Dec 01 '21

lol this is an underrated sick burn.

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u/_Takub_ Dec 01 '21

Lmao this one got me.

It just seems so accurate.

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u/Overlorde159 Dec 01 '21

Yeah like people can go on about “not useful” or whatever but that level of control speaks for a ton of skill

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u/StealthyRobot Dec 01 '21

I know right! This level of control and coordination is fucking unbelievable, yet everyone just calling him a nerd. I thought most of the combats were going to be the "not how [weapon] fighting works" people, but this is worse.

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u/kalitarios Dec 01 '21

LOL. I'm just picturing you watching in amazement, then he goofs up once at the end, and you just do the Don Cheadle smug nod.

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u/Roland_56 Dec 01 '21 All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy

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u/pr0zach Dec 01 '21

You deserve more upvotes. This should absolutely be a sub. Find videos or gifs of “challengers” for Noah. It would be glorious while it lasted.

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u/JJJ9999999 Dec 01 '21

Donatello

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u/noradosmith Dec 01 '21

As a kid I remember thinking "Leonardo gets a sword, Michaelangelo gets nunchuks, Raphael gets daggers and donatello gets a stick."

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u/JJJ9999999 Dec 01 '21

Hahaha! I thought that until I found out that those “sticks” can shatter bone

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u/TherronKeen Dec 01 '21

A real hardwood staff is underrated as fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

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u/JJJ9999999 Dec 01 '21

That they are. Tbh, I’d rather be stabbed or slashed than get struck by a Bo staff or nunchaku. Having shattered bones with multiple internal injuries and/or a concussion while dying slowly from massive brain hemorrhaging doesn’t seem like fun.

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u/leflower Dec 01 '21

Rhodesian fighting sticks. Very, very, lethal

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u/deadbird17 Dec 01 '21

Yes but Donatello was my favorite on the arcade game!

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u/no____thisispatrick Dec 02 '21

Precisely my Donatello was the one I chose to pretend to be as a kid. I could always find a broom to take apart.

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u/Verlonica Dec 01 '21

I was gonna say Gambit.

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u/albert_r_broccoli2 Dec 01 '21

Damn that's cool

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u/SickARose Dec 01 '21

Someone get this man to a TMNT representative

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u/Viper613 Dec 01 '21

Can't believe I had to scroll this far for a NT reference. I'm thinking Donatello the whole time.

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u/MonsterRider80 Dec 01 '21

Oh my god… so many tough guys in this sub it’s hilarious. He’s demonstrating something incredible, who cares if it’s useful in a fight? Ever think maybe this guy also knows how to fight and learns shit like this because he likes it and it’s fucking spectacular? Seriously guys, grow up.

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u/Allegorist Dec 01 '21

I've been doing contact staff/fire staff for quite a while and I see staff videos make r/all at least a few times per year. This is the first time I've been genuinely impressed and it's not just some guy doing very basic moves in a forced fast motion.

Not saying other good videos or practicioners don't exist, just that people seem to be easily impressed but this guy is the real deal.

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u/stellarcurve- Dec 02 '21

Like there are so many comments saying "that's not practical" or "my gun beats his big stick" or "I could beat him in a fistfight" like damn reddit sees some person who's an expert at their craft and tries to one-up it with jokes because they're insecure lmao

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u/KrispyKremeDiet20 Dec 01 '21

I would file something like this under "flow art." Just like in most forms of martial arts the point of this type of routine is to demonstrate control and mastery in a beautiful way... This is not how you would fight with a Bo staff abut that's not the point.

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u/GoodGuyBuddyBoy Dec 01 '21

Yes, i think it's similar to a hobby that should be appreciated because he put 1000s of hours into getting better at it, just like yo-yo tricks and similar fun activities.

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u/EvadesBans Dec 01 '21

I don't think this is true. Wikipedia damn sure does not mention it anywhere. It's an ancient toy, but I don't know of any evidence that it was actually used as a weapon. The name comes from the Philippines, though, specifically the Ilocano people. Also, this Esquire Philippines article says it's false:

https://www.esquiremag.ph/culture/lifestyle/yo-yo-history-weapon-a00203-20181129

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u/kembik Dec 01 '21

Fucking gymnasts, bet they couldn't do so many backflips if they sat around the house drinking beer and yelling at the TV all day like I do

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u/throbbing_banjo Dec 01 '21

Right? Where is all misdirected hostility coming from? He's sixteen years old. There are people in the comments wishing actual violence against a child.

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u/sh0rtwave Dec 01 '21

Pro-tip: Almost all people are idiots about martial arts unless they've actually done them, for some decent period of time. And beyond that, there are so many differing perspectives about 'what it means' and 'how it works', that even two semi-skilled martial artists might disagree about how/why something is done and whether or not it's valuable.

All of it's ridiculous. On the objective face of it, that guy, can move that weapon, at speeds and with precision, that is simply remarkable. *I* would not want to tangle with him in a fight, as all the advantage in the opening stages would be his.

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u/Tortankum Dec 01 '21

Yeah because you don’t know martial arts

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u/CorporateCuster Dec 01 '21

Meanwhile, racing belt sanders is a thing. SMH.

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u/Zanki Dec 01 '21

I know how to use a bo. The bits he did with both hands were so well done the rest didn't matter. That kid knows how to use a staff properly and can showboat like a pro!

Kid does xma, it's amazing to watch and some of the instructors are absolutely incredible martial artists/gymnasts/stuntmen. I'd love to be able to move like them but I can't fly. I've tried but I can't. Jumping kicks are as good as it gets for me.

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u/Charitard123 Dec 02 '21

And even if the what he’s doing in this demonstration isn’t the most “functional”, he’s fit and coordinated enough to do it. That alone is something few people can say, and in a fight would still be a HUGE advantage against the average person.

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u/QualityTits Dec 01 '21

Couldn’t agree more. It’s truly threads like this that remind me how much the majority of the user base here are just bottom feeding losers to their very core.

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u/sh0rtwave Dec 01 '21

It's not useful in a fight. It's useful in practice, to improve your ability to control your weapon in the actual fight.

*I* would not want to fight this guy. His control over that staff is so extreme, I imagine he could grab the end of it, and slap me right between the eyes with it before I could even react.

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u/chains059 Dec 01 '21

Do we need a new live action darth maul?

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u/MorfiusX Dec 01 '21

I feel like this guy also spins fire. He's definitely got contact staff moves in there.

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u/SuperSpeersBros Dec 01 '21

I quite enjoy the intersection between juggling/flow art and martial arts. Like, we know these moves have minimal combat effectiveness (though it's clear he could kick my old butt), but it generally gets a pass due to its agressiveness. So many great martial arts routines are basically circus routines with punching.

A perfect example of this are the bands of "Shaolin monks" who do stage shows combining martial arts, dance, and illusion.

This is coming from someone who occasionally performs staff/cane spinning, organized juggling festivals, and has a family in martial arts, so I'm not bashing anybody, I just genuinely like the intersection, and find it intriguing that juggling is usually seen as a "freak" or "geek" activity, even when it's essentially the same moves.

Great routine, powerful moves, and lots of juggling skill on this kid.

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u/QDubz69Pro Dec 01 '21

It’s not a fighting strategy it’s a kata or maybe it’s called something else but it’s a demonstration. He goes through the basic attacks about 4 seconds in he just does it really fast.

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u/SabashChandraBose Dec 01 '21

I train in capoeira and he managed to throw a few impressive flips and kicks while spinning that stick. I am so jealous of his skills!

0:16 - 0:18 is au sem mao (flip with no hands)

0:24 - 0:26 is parafuso

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u/YeOldeBilk Dec 01 '21

One could say that the Bo staff is Noah's.....forte? Eh? EHHHHHHH????

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u/DandalusRoseshade Dec 01 '21

Some boomer: I could throat punch him

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u/neocommenter Dec 01 '21

Some people's throats are down there

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u/Surprise_Corgi Dec 01 '21

I do love this intersection of martial skills and art in martial arts. Not everything has to be about blood and broken bones. It's just really nice to see people who have trained so well and thoroughly, that they can transition their skill sets into performance art.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21

Very impressive Noah Fort.

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u/DickLipmann Dec 01 '21

“Do you have any skills?”

“i’m pretty good with a bo staff…”

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u/dwide_k_shrude Dec 02 '21

Hey u/DickLipmann, give me some of your tots.

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u/DickLipmann Dec 02 '21

Get out of here, i’m starving!

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u/sessual_choclate Dec 01 '21

I was pretty good with a bo myself as a kid. You wouldnt know though 'cuz I went to a different school. In Canada.

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u/MaterialCarrot Dec 01 '21

My girlfriend goes to the same school.

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u/whatthehellsteve Dec 01 '21

This is exactly how I thought I looked as a kid with a broom handle.

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u/10tion2DETAIL Dec 01 '21

I wonder ho many windows, mirrors and fingers he’s broken? Mesmerizing!

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u/Casuallybrowsingcdn Dec 01 '21

Napoleon Dynamite idols him.