Sifu (master) Michael Parrella caught his first look at antique Chinese weapons while attending a trade show in Florida in 1989, although the price of such weapons were a bit out of his range."We only hoped to smell them at that point," said Parrella from his school, Master Parrella's Kung-Fu Center in Glen Oaks Shopping Center on Union turnpike.Parrella said as his training in kung-fu and the weapons involved in the fighting style progressed, he made a few connections with dealers in China through his teacher, Grandmaster Chan Tai-San, a world-renowned martial arts teacher. Parrella said his suppliers are different than many of the other weapons dealers who come from China. He said his dealers sell exclusively authentic antiques whereas others often sell reproductions passed off as the real thing."If you look on eBay, there are hundreds of weapons for sale," said Parrella. He added that many of the weapons for sale on the Internet are not listed as reproductions and can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. "Some manufacturers leave the swords on the roofs of buildings so the acid rain gives them the appearance of being old," said Parrella.He maintained the weapons for sale are considered non-lethal because age and use have dulled the blades.Parrella said it was a natural progression to move from buying the weapons for his personal collection to selling them out of his school. "I thought this would be a great market to get into," said Parrella. "There are only a few people on the Internet selling these." Donning the walls of his school are some of the weapons for sale on his newly established Web site, www.antiqu
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