Investors - buying weapons
There are seven issues. (1) With some management and luck we will will
be able to convince everyone to buy standard batons, sabers and swords.
We note that many people with autism spectrum disabilities like the
visual, auditory and tactile experience of wushu-style (flexible) sabers
and swords as opposed to the older style more rigid weapons. (2) A second
choice is whether to buy double sabers and double swords at the beginning.
(3) Because people with autism spectrum disabilities are often very tactilely
discriminating, weapons, especially staffs and spears (because the
hands move up and down a great deal), are often a matter of individual taste.
We would NOT be surprised if a student eventually owns several staffs:
various combinations of wooden, graphite, metal, round, hexagonal ... There
are several "heads" (blades) for the kwan dao - eagle, elephant, dragon and
wushu - and students may prefer a two-piece weapon (shaft halves can be
screwed together) as these are far easier to transport. These usually mean a
day is taken to have the class go shopping at a warehouse.
(4) We expect student short weapons will be kept either in lockers or in
racks at school. We anticipate either more racks or a closet will be needed
when long weapons are studied. (5) This might imply the student buys a
second weapon to practice with at home. (6) The objective would be to avoid
the student (or parents) being obliged to transport weapons.
(7) Depending on student interest, weapons from other arts may be taught.
There are non-canonical tai chi weapons like the Wind Fire Wheels. Bagua has
a large saber, a double-ended spear and deer horn knives. Hung Gar and
Shaolin each have at least a dozen weapons.
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