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hey what do you think's better for someone starting out with the sticks, single or double? i'm trying to learn double but i'm thinking of going over to just one, i'm basically putting all my power into the right hand anyways, out of habit. is it better to learn the fundamentals on one, then branch out to two when you can use the single with either hand? while i'm on the subject, can someone with one stick go up against someone else, same skill level, with two?
I think it's better to learn double first as learning just one may lead to bad habits, such as a non-active/limp, complimentary hand. Plus, being able to fight with either hand is necessary in competition, street, etc.
When I started I often wanted to work my strong side because my other side was terribly weak. Although this stroked my ego, I didn't imrpove my left side at all. If you are going to work just one stick, start with your off-hand, and work on improving it. Make your bad side good and your good side better.
A person with one stick can do fine against a person with two.