If your interest tends to get piqued by being a ‘buffer’ to someone who is transitioning, it would be more beneficial to evaluate why this is attractive to you.
Fifth, I will continue to do research on the cane and short staff, and continue to improve this webpage.
I use a 40" pure hickory heartwood combat cane for all my weapons practice; and, adapt other short staff, sword, and broadsword routines and techniques for practice and performances with my hooked wooden cane.
The only weapon I practice with on a daily basis is a wooden cane; and the only weapon I teach now in my Taijiquan classes is the cane.
During 2013, this webpage on the short staff will be researched and expanded so as to exclusively focus on my practice and knowledge of the Way of the Short Staff.
By "short staff" I mean a straight wooden staff or cane from 30" to 50" long.