When I was young I did a little traditional kungfu. When i got older I did jutusu. When I got older I became unhappy with structured learning and also had little time to regularly visit a dojo. So I decided to take up a new martial art at home. At the time my wife was doing Kendo and I too wanted to learn to fight with a weapon to spar with her. So I watched a lot of videos and did some research and settled on bojutsu. Which is using a staff like weapon.
I watch and download videos from you tube for my lessons"
There are lots of them and there are different styles. The advantage of not using a structure learning system such as a master from a dojo is that I am able to pick the styles and moves that I like. It gives me greater flexibility and allows me to focus on the bits that I like. Downside is that I do not learn the full range of moves and the full range of combos. It could go either way if i was to spar with someone that had formal training.
I mostly practice in front of my TV after dinner as I do not have much spare time. I still practive with a piece of PVC pipe.
There are 3 main sizes you are able to train with, being that I am quite tall and want to increase my reach as much as possible, I am training with a 2.2m pipe. It is probably for the best I dont have a real staff, as I have already hit the ceiling in the house and damaged it and hit multiple other things as I train. Downside to doing it inside is that I also cant to many high strikes or over head moves.
The main reason I chose this as my weapon as I can use almost any smooth stick or pole as a weapon in a pinch. You are also less likely to be hassled by cops if your carrying a brook stick around. Also because of the long range. You learn spear skills and can wield it (while clumsily) like a sword. I find it a very flexible weapon.