5 foot staff – The five foot staff is the Kali, Arnis and Eskrima staff. There are quite a few long range and mid range drills combined to develop the long and mid range fighting skills. In competent hands, this is a great weapon for defending against other weapons. They work especially well in multi-man attack situations.
Contrary to popular belief back in ancient times, steel was rare and an expensive commodity, so rattan was used very skillfully against those who had shorter impact weapons or swords from invading tribes or from foreign invasions. Rattan is plentiful throughout SE Asia so like all cultures throughout time, they made weapons out of what was available to them. Having the length advantage with a staff was in their advantage. However, closer range combat effectiveness from a skilled staff fighter is just as deadly. Sometimes a point was carved using fire to create a hardened point to have that extra advantage during combat situations.
Please note, these staffs (the 4 foot and the 5 foot staff) can be used in any style that uses a staff! They are all made of hard Indonesian Rattan so these will last a very long time if you practice a lot of contact drilling in whatever martial art style you do.
The 4 foot staff is found on this page – http://traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/shop/staffs-of-the-philippines/