The French Parliament (Parlement français) is the bicameral legislature of the French Republic. It consists of the Senate (Sénat; 348 members) and the National Assembly (Assemblée nationale; 577 members). They may meet as a single house, the French Congress (Congrès du Parlement français),
which is by tradition convened at the Palace of Versailles.
Here is a link to a YouTibe video of the French Congress singing their national anthem, “la Marseillaise”, in tribute to Paris victims after President Hollande’s speech.
單個硬盤的俱樂部 – literally ‘single hard club’; more commonly and more tersely known as 錘 (chui) = mace.
These are 36 inches long so intermediate between the shinai and half-staff.
The maces are quite heavy (solid steel rectangular tapered ‘blade’) and take some skill to move gracefully and effectively.
Montara Beach August 31, 2013. The Goose Wing Saber (鵝翼刀) is shrouded in mystery – a very elegant sword called the Yan Chi Dao has similar complex edges near the blade’s tip. All three of the Yan Chi Daos we have seen are longer with much slimmer blades, more closely related to a straight sword than to a saber. We have enquired if the blade shown above might be from the Wudang Mountain tradition.
Montara Beach is north of Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County. It was actually quite overcast, and the drive on Highway 92 was a very slow grind. Upon reflection, so as to speak, blue silks might have worked well also. In the light caused by the weather, the time of day and the surroundings, we thought neither white, yellow nor black silks would have worked well. That just means time to buy green, purple, orange, brown … silks. Two weapons were brought along: a Butterfly Wings sword and a Goose Wing Saber.
A very odd weapon – the crescent blades add some protection to a vulnerable middle section while the blades at the ends handle more like daggers than sword blades. They are longer but not as rigid as spearheads, even though the weapon itself fights much like a double-ended spear. There is a fair resemblance to the rarely seen sun moon spear which has curved blades on the ends. In both cases the blades lack the muscle or heft of something like a kan dao or a pu dao where one might imagine crashing through wooden armor or hacking through
a thigh or ribcage. Grandmaster Wing Lam suggests that the Butterfly Wings come from one of the Mantis styles. If anyone knows of a commercial video (DVD, VCD, VCR) on either of the weapons please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we have emailed a few San Francisco Bay Area Mantis teachers if anyone knows of someone (any art) teaching either of these weapons we would be grateful for any contact information.