Comparing maces and half staffs.
Some insights from China on teaching martial arts to students with autism spectrum disabilities as well as students with epilepsy. One notion was to reduce variance in the assessment of prescriptions and regimens by having regular and consistent exercise. There was a great deal of e-discussion about how competition standards could be used to evaluate the forms done each week or each day and so provide numeric data that could be correlated and be subjected to covariance analysis.
This is VCD #1747 from Plum Publications (http://plumpub.com/sales/vcd/coll_TCvarious.htm)
After a lot of emails to various corners of America sifu Michael Rosario-Graycar wrote “The sticks Master Chen is using are actually small bamboo shinai. The real mace is between 28″-32″. WING LAM ENTERPRISES carries a version. It’s called the single hard club and they are heavy.”
We remain skeptical of how deadly the Elephant Kwan Dao would be. There are regular (Reclining Moon / Green Dragon – sometimes even Black Dragon in some translations) Kwan Dao sets in at least eight arts. No answer yet on what art or arts use the Elephant, which may indirectly answer the question of how fierce a weapon it is. But the cinematographer liked the green and white flags over the white tassels.