Question Mike I recently purchased a short staff or stick at an estate sale. It measures 26 1/2 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. It is somewhat octagon shape and looks to be really old. On one side of it there are oriental markings in circles etc that look to have been burned into the wood. I think maybe it use to be longer and was cut down or broke in half not sure. I would love to know if it was a staff and what it says in the marks. Can you read orient? I will attach a photo later if you like I didn't have one at the moment to post. Thanks for any help you can give me.
Answer Sorry, I can only read English. You might be better off seeking a language expert. I'd recommend contacting an expert here on AllExperts for Chinese or Japanese language. They will likely be able to read it or, at least, identify the specific ethnic origin and then you can seek an expert in that language.
My primary area of "expertise" (for lack of a better term) is in Filipino and Indonesian martial arts. However, I've been involved in the martial arts since 1978, trained in several systems and been exposed to many, many others. I've also done a fair amount of reading about martial arts in general and about various systems. I can answer questions about Filipino and Indonesian martial arts and I can often answer questions about martial arts in general. Feel free to ask me any question about martial arts. Even if I don`t have an answer I can often point you in the right direction to find the answer.
I've been involved in martial arts since 1978. I started in Tae Kwon Do and, when my instructor quit teaching, I began training in Okinawan Goju-Ryu. In 1995 I was introduced to Filipino Kali/Arnis/Eskrima and Indonesian Pentjak Silat. I've been training primarily in them since 1995. I've taught private lessons, classes, seminars and workshops all over the United States, in Europe and in China. I have also trained with a wide variety of martial artists in different disciplines. Between hands-on exposure to various martial arts and reading about many others I have a very well-rounded knowledge of martial arts in general.
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