In the last few years there's been a new phenomenon of Chinese weapon recreationists springing up. I can kind of understand Jack Chen's Chinese longsword project, although I think it's now expanded in scope in ways that have become problematic. However we're now seeing groups teaching Dadao recreated from manuals. HEMA recreation from manuals is OK because it's all they've got, and people went through a prolonged study group phase before they started running professional schools. However for Chinese weapons there are extant living traditions. Chinese longsword is practised by Pigua groups, and prior to his untimely death was being very well disseminated by Mike Martello. Dadao is widely practised in TCMA, I teach it, and if I remember correctly from my time studying his system Tom Bayley does it too. Therefore manuals aren't the only option remaining and these groups don't seem to have gone through prolonged testing periods. I look at some of the material and just see people who can't move properly. I'm starting to understand how the Koryu people on here feel about modern JSA. What do you guys think?