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
Some preliminary webpages about forks and a renegade trident or two are at
so far, the only wushu fork video I have located is a short on YouTube
It features the dragon whisker fork – long xu cha as performed by
Sijo Abdul Mutakabbir a student of the famed Sifu Chan Tai San.
ax, bagua saber, butterfly wing, flail, Gold coin spade, halberd, horse blocking knife, kwan dao, long pole, long sword, Miao Dao saber, monk's spade, nine point rake, pu dao, spear, sun moon spear, trident, wolf tooth mace
While the painting of the white box is going on I have been thinking about what to use as a liner. Among the candidates are blankets, towels, sheets, cardboard and bubble-wrap. The goals are to minimize dings and dents in the weapons, not add too much more weight, and be quick and cheap to replace.
I may build two similar-sized experimental boxes – one out of PVC and one out of wire mesh. I have not found a cart big enough – 12″ or more higher, 24″ wide and 48″ long.
Next up at some point would be one or two boxes for long weapons – probably one box for weapons 48 to 72 inches long and one box for weapons longer than 72 inches. I have 20 of the former: 11 are staffs plus a bagua big saber, a Miao Dao saber, a flail, a long sword, a spear, a gold coin spade, and three hybrid weapons (butterfly wing, sun moon spear, horse blocking knife). I have 17 of the latter: eight are kwan daos; a nine-point rake, trident, a halberd, a long-handled ax, a pu dao, a wolf tooth mace, a gold coin snake spade, a monk’s spade, and a lau gar long pole.
Both available from http://www.wle.com
1. Dan-Dao-Dep or “Rattan Shield and Single Broadsword technique” was used by infantry soldiers against cavalry in battles on ancient China. As the Dan-Dao-Dep technique is very difficult to be countered with ordinary weapons, some kung fu experts found that only the Tai-Pa (trident) techniques could effectively deal with a Dan-Dao-Dep attack.
The Leung Ting Company of Hong Kong(Grandmaster Leung Ting is on the left) ) is still selling this recording – checking to see if it is still only on VHS or if there is a DVD version
2. From Hung Gar – why bother with a shield and a bladed weapon when you can use TWO shields (see http://www.wle.com/products/VHG30.html)
Weapons without blades like the staff and half-staff (jo) can be thought of as radially symmetric because there is no need to hold them in any orientation in order to strike an opponent. For maces with a square cross section this is the case also – whether defending against an incoming blow or delivering a strike it does not much matter whether a flat surface or an angled surface is leading.
Tactically, turning a trident parallel to an opponent’s axis of attack so the tines are in a column perpendicular to the floor seems ill-advised as it reduces horizontal protection. There’s a fair amount of debate about whether all three tines should have the same effective length: the argument goes that shorter side tines provide no advantage and that most of the time an enemy need only focus on following the longer central tine – track it and block it and the side tines are not much of a threat. I have never heard of a five-tined “fork” weapon with four tines arranged around a center tine like the five side of a six-sided die.