Hi, just wanted to share some jogo do pau videos...
some free practice:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHBX7sZOY7o
you can join a jogo do pau group on youtube i created, hope i can make more videos.. http://www.youtube.com/group/jogodopau
and here lots of different examples of jogo do pauhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSDSsereOdg
this videos also shows full combat with armor, that now is not necessary due to new sticks that don't hurt much and you just need a helmet for full contact
i will talk a little about it(in my opinion and in my terrible english), what it is and what its not etc..
It is a stick to stick martial art based on efficiency and effectiveness. it is also a traditional portuguese martial art. The effectiveness and efficiency is not lost to the traditional here since it was used in duels and for self defense for many years and never lost that or suffered stylizations for modern application just to reach larger groups of people.
It uses a long wood stick (150cm) and more recently master Nuno Russo developed the technique for small stick (80cms).
It uses sticks as sticks, and not as swords, the strikes are strong but you donít need to be strong yourself to do them, because it uses your body movement and rotation to deliver very fast strikes with few energy spend, instead of just arm strength.
As sticks dont cut as sword do and what with a sword could be lethal, with a stick might not do much... the strikes must be very strong to knock down an opponent, because a weak strike can look pathetic to someone that is just a little bit stronger than you, and could probably just slap you in the face if you strike weakly or timidly. That strike strength as I said comes from the speed and rotation of the body and not from arms strength making it very fluid. Also uses block bouncing(hard to explain here.. look at videos) to counter attack at high speed using the energy from one strike to the other with fluidity.
the blocks are a very important part here, they are very solid and defined, because without that, you cant effectively block a high speed attack and could only move back to not get hit. They also keep your hand protected, far away from the blocking area, since in sticks you dont have hand protections, so the posture for blocking must be really emphasized or else even in slow training you can easily be hit on the hands.
It avoids grappling, hand to hand combat, doesn't have hand to stick disarming techniques because it avoids close combat, and we practice distance a lot so in a real situation someone that tries to get close would easily be strike down before they get close. Also if someone moves the body too forward, we are trained to trust them before he can deliver an attack.
really.. sorry for the English, but hope you get an idea, cheers!