Now, for a weapon like a pointy stick, you want to focus primarily on thrusts and parries. Keep your moves compact. After a thrust, bring your stick back to where it was. If you don't know what a parry is, it is basically redirecting the force of a blow. A block takes the full force of a hit. The pointy stick should break after blocking Monsieur Gearwire's dueling can two or three times. Don't forget to aim for the sensitive parts of the body.
When you have your bowstaff, you'll want to avoid excessive spinning. Again, keep your moves compact and efficient. This will allow you to be faster. Grip the staff tightly, but not too tightly. When you go go in for a thwack, step into it for more power. Don't forget that you can also thrust with a staff. I'd recommend aiming for the jaw and the gut.
Don't forget that what you do with your feet is every bit as important as what you do with your arms. Move into your blows and try not to jump. This gives your opponent an opening for him to throw you off balance.
Take a page from the book of MacGyver and view everything as a potential weapon. Tables, desks, ropes, block-and-tackle assemblies, cannonballs, your clothes, automaton remains, et cetera.