The GADA is an exciting tool with its large mass located at the very top, throwing the movement away from you to create a pulling motion. Because of its rounded tip, you get beautiful highlights and textures.
It is made for slow and wide movements and is a delight to work with. The BOLD makes beautiful rich gradations with touches of highlights, and the ART is very rich in textures with layered gradations.
Designed to be used as twin pairs… But follow your feelings above all!
INSPIRATION: The Gada (Sanskrit: गदा gadā, Tamil: Gadai, Malay: Gedak, Old Tagalog: Batuta) is a club or blunt mace from the Indian subcontinent. Made either of wood or metal, it consists essentially of a spherical head mounted on a shaft, with a spike on the top. Outside India, the Gada was also adopted in Southeast Asia, where it is still used in silat.
The Gada is the main weapon of the Hindu God Hanuman. Known for his strength, Hanuman is traditionally worshipped by wrestlers in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Vishnu also carries a Gada named Kaumodaki in one of his four hands. In the Mahabharata epic, the fighters Bhima, Duryodhana, Jarasandha and others were said to be masters of the Gada.
Designed with freestyle light painting in mind; these kata blades will influence your movements based on weight distribution so they will move differently in hand.
For example, the KUNAI and the GADA are mid-heavy blades at 68grams each, but the weight focal point is located differently.
The KUNAI is faster since the weight point is closer to your light, and its movement stays closer to your arm. The GADA has its weight distributed all the way at the top, so it pulls your motions away from your body and opens you up to a very different result.
This also depends on the positioning of the blades in the KYO. They have been designed to place in any position you like, changing the weight and movement they create. As you can see in the video, blades can be used in many creative positions and designed to be used in pairs.
One of the highlights of this design is the contrast between the softness of the white engravings and the sharpness of the outer edges. It gives the impressions of soft and sharp focus, in the same light painting. We call it Dual Texture Effect.
In brief, the main composition elements are the 6 shapes, the 12 different engravings giving the Dual Texture Effect, the Weight Distribution Point and the Creative Positioning of the blade on the KYO system. Combined with colour filters, these elements offer infinite possibilities for you to explore, find your creative style and keep uncovering new magic with light.
We have seen light painting grow and become an international passion for many of us. Thanks to the web, to technologies and especially to the passionate hearts of light painters, we are now a large and growing community practising in over 60 countries. All of this is because you are sharing your passion and sharing your light.
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