available from http://www.suddora.com – we will have to experiment with how these fit over long-sleeved shirts / tops such as the black cotton semi-formal outfits or the formal silk outfits
I was doing some electrical wiring at the time and had plenty of thin-wall conduit (see upper image below) around. It came in convenient 10 foot long sections; was reasonably inexpensive (and still is) and gets advertised as “easy bending, cutting and joining while resisting flattening, kinking and splitting.” A couple decent whacks was enough to both bend and flatten an empty piece. I was not happy with the feel either, so I added a section of 1/2″ rebar (see lower image below). This helped with the weight but not much else, and inspired an annoying rattle. There was a brief workout with a piece of long-handled pool cleaning equipment.
Grandmaster Wing Lam doing Hung Gar Lau Gar
Millions of years ago when I first studied long pole it was not easy to get waxwood poles. They are not a high-margin item, they are awkward to store, often are flawed and at about ten feet long not easy to transport. Back then, they could not be mailed, but had to be picked up at the store or warehouse. It was unusual for them to be shipped by sea at all.
I have accumulated some spears with copper and brass shafts. To my sensibilities I would NOT want to extend those shafts a meter or more for long pole. As it is, the tactile feel of metal spears take some getting used to if I have just done another weapon set, especially a wooden staff set.
I also have a stainless steel Monkey King staff from my Hung Gar days. It is longer and thicker than the usual eyebrow height staffs, so more like a Bagua Zhang staff. The Monkey King staff works well enough in its own set, but its length and speed are usually a problem in sets from other arts. I don’t feel the Monkey King staff really works well even in other Hung Gar staff sets designed for eyebrow height staffs. My teacher said out of the question to use it in a lau gar set. So we were motivated to find a readily available domestic substitute.
It seemed like the cheapest and easiest material was thin wall white PVC pipe. As readers can guess, the empty pipe felt silly, and sand-filled PVC shattered pretty quickly. I switched to thick-wall PVC which lasted a while longer – about a week or so. We experimented very briefly with alternative fillings like (uncooked) oatmeal and (uncooked) pinto beans. These could best be described as failures. Then the teacher upon finding out about the PVC pipes told one of my fellow students (roughly translated) “Have you zero brains? You are rubbing toxins into your hands!”
I am very fond of my hickory staff. As botanically inclined readers probably know, hickory is quite a widespread genus (Carya from Ancient Greek: κάρυον = nut) – 5 or 6 species in China, probably a dozen in the US, probably 4 in Canada (poor immigration control – I think there are 2 that are more or less unique to Canada) and several more in Mexico and India. The generic, so as to speak, characters are 山胡桃木 (= Shān hútáo mù) so I wound up calling my staff Lao Hutao = a bad translation of ‘Old Hickory’, the nickname of American President Andrew Jackson (seen on the $20 bill).
It is probably a warning sign when you start naming weapons.
A sure sign that you have too many weapons is when the weapons start talking to you whispering that you should practice with a particular weapon.
It is definitely a sign of second stage hyper-weapon-ophilia when you talk back.
At the moment the http://www.bujinkanweapons.com web site is down while the owner /woodworker recovers from serious knee surgery. He used to make hanbo, jo and bo. They were available in lengths of 66 to 96 inches and woods of hickory, white oak, ironwood, purple heart and cocobolo. I am checking on his status, but things do not sound promising
I am informed that generally if the teacher’s children are also students, then within the school they are considered to be just another student as far as address. The teacher’s son would be “Shi Xiong” (師 兄 = senior brother) or “Shi Di” (師 弟 = younger brother) depending on his relative seniority where Shi (師) = teacher.
A teacher’s brother is a “nobody” if they do not train in martial arts and are generally not addressed in any special way. If they are a martial artist though, then they would be a “Shi Shu” (師 叔 = teacher-uncle).
The teacher’s daughter would be “Shi Jei ” (師 姐 = senior sister) or “Shi Mei” (師 妹 = younger sister) depending on her relative seniority.
A teacher’s sister is a “nobody” if they do not train in martial arts and are generally not addressed in any special way, albeit very politely. If they are a martial artist though, then they would be a “Shi Ayi” (師 姨 = teacher-aunt).
As in chess, titles are gender free: a teacher can, of course, ask to be called whatever he or she wishes. The default would be last name followed by “Shifu” (which might be pronounced as “Sifu”, depending on the teacher’s preferred dialect). I am reliably informed that addressing anyone as Grandmaster implies being old, so some caution is required.
A female teacher’s husband would be referred to as Shizhang. 師丈.
A male teacher’s wife would be called Shimu. 師母
I don’t yet know the protocol for registered domestic partners and so on.
As astute readers will remember, Hao Zhi Hua, by some called Patti Li, was a superstar on the Beijing Wushu Team, and now teaches in Oakland just east of San Francisco. The video is from the Intel Developer’s Forum in Shenzhen China in April
We wanted to see how the orange colored robes photographed with particular attention
to reflections in the metal areas like the blades. We were also interested in how various
colors of flags and tassels looked. The consensus was dark colors like black, navy blue and
purple were too Stygian to be visually effective; green was too ‘pumpkiny’ (technical term); and red is made to look more like dark orange. Everyone thought yellow, white and the cyan blue accessories worked well.