Fan art speculating about the Aquaman character.
We’ll have to hope video of him practicing a fork or trident set shows up in the trailers
As the 16th century came to a close the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) was struggling to survive. Mongol raiders under the Altan Khan (1507-1582) had attacked China several times – they even burned parts of Beijing in 1550. At the same time China’s coastline was under attack by pirates alleged to be Japanese. Qi Ji Guang was assigned responsibility for the defense of Zhejiang in 1555. He published two versions of the Jixiao Xinshu, his commentaries on military tactics. The first version was printed in 1561 and had 18 chapters. Qi was forced to retire some years later and published a revised version with 14 chapters in 1584. Here is one of the drawings of a squad-sized (5 or 10 men) tactical unit that would be arrayed in a formation known as a Mandarin Duck. Note the forks
Scientific name: Aix galericulata – related to the North American wood duck
The male (above right) changes plumage and more closely resembles the female when not in his courting colors.
In Chinese known as yuanyang (simplified: 鸳鸯; traditional: 鴛鴦; pinyin: yuān yāng), and often used as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.
But there is a weapon (from Bagua Zhang, I think) that is used in pairs and sold by WLE.com (Product ID W552)
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I find my own short-handled Zhan Ma Dao (leftmost image) to be heavy and slow. Of course, once it gets on target it is very difficult to parry, and would likely deliver a lot of damage. I am not altogether sure what use the spur (about two-thirds of the way up the blade on the inside edge) is. One conjecture is that on a lunge it serves to keep the blade from penetrating too far and getting entangled the enemy’s ribs and other hindrances. Obviously, not all blades are made with them. Given the weight challenges and balance problems I suspected that the Zhan Ma Dao really needed to have a long handle in the manner of a Kwan Dao or Pu Dao.
On quite another mission I stumbled across two variants of a long-handled Zhan Ma Dao on the everythingwushu website (images on the right above). Further searches at everythingwushu looking for a keyword on zhanmadao produced 10 weapons so I have added some new webpages starting at http://www.silverwolfwushu.com/WeaponsSaber09.html
go to either the sabers page from the Weapons page
the Surveys page from the presentations and surveys page
For readers, if you know or teach a set for the Ghost Head saber, there’s a medium-length survey about the weapon at http://www.silverwolfwushu.com/WeaponsSaber.html – click the text with the yellow background above the image. I will publish tallies – probably in late autumn.
A survey about the Goose Wing saber is coming soon. Probably a survey about forks after that.