Weapons

Basic weapons

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Sword

The "gentlemen of all weapons". In ancient China scholars wore swords. For a good sword technique, you need tranquillity in the heart, peace of mind, purity of spirit, precise footwork, and wrist control. The sword if for fast strikes.

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Staff 棍

The "father of all weapons" is a trademark of Shaolin Kung fu. Many techniques of other long weapons are variations of the basics of staff. The staff requires long stances, and vigorous and powerful movements.

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Saber 單刀

The "Marshall of all weapons", since it was mostly used by military soldiers. The saber is also linked to the "fierce of the tiger" because of its fast and vigorous techniques.

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Spear 槍

The "king of all weapons", is very effective on the battlefield. The spear is a long range weapon and uses firm and flexible movements. Footwork is agile and light. The spear's speed and simplicity make it a good opponent for most weapons.

Section weapons

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3 sect. staff三節棍

The "first patriarch staff" is made of three parts connected by chains. The 3 section staff can be used a short or long range, since it can be handled by grabbing the two ends, by rotating it from the middle section, or by grabbing the last section. Movements are fierce.

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Nunchaku 雙節棍

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9 section whip chain 九節鞭

It is made of 9 sections chained together, with a metal handle and a sharp medal bullet. The bullet makes it a very dangerous weapon. Additionally, it is easy to hide, because very flexible.

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2 sect. staff 梢子棍

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Double weapons weapons

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Double sword 雙劍

Two swords are handled simultaneously.

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Double saber 雙刀

Two sabers are handled simultaneously.

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Tiger hooks 虎頭雙鉤

Historically used during the Warring States and Spring and Autumn periods.

Tiger hooks can be used to stab, hook, and block, at various ranges. Traditionally Northern Kung fu weapon.

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Double daggers

雙匕首

Traditionally daggers were carried as a back up weapon, not as the main weapon. Daggers are mainly for close distance self defense.

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Butterfly knives 蝴蝶刀

Very popular in Southern China. Good footwork and flexibility allow efficiency against other weapons.

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Deer horns 鹿角刀

Used as a extension of the hand, to tie up or break the opponent's weapon. Deer horn knives are originated from the school of Bagua quan.

Long weapons

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Guan dao 關刀

The weapon of the general Guan Yu, during the Three Kingdoms. It ws used in battle to chop off horses' legs. The other side can be used for stabbing and striking. The  kwan dao  was traditionally very heavy and training with it provides body conditioning.

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Pu dao 朴刀

It is a called the horse cutting knife because it was used in battle to cut at the legs of horses. The ring was used to disarm swords.

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Monk spade 月牙鏟

Historically, it was used by Buddhist monks to dig holes and bury the dead from famine and wars. Additionally, it was used for self defense, during their travels. The shovel can be used to attack the opponent's head and feet. The crescent moon can be used to hook weapons.

Other weapons

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Fan 扇子

Historically the fan became popular when weapons were prohibited in imperial palaces and other public places. The fan can quickly be opened with a rapid movement of the wrist, that allows to strike in rotation.

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Horse tail 拂塵

Typical weapon of Wudang kung fu. Traditionally , the horse tail whisk was used to cleanse stress, evil thoughts, and energy. The horse tail is used on pressure point, to attack and defend, and to snatch an opponent's weapon.

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Damo cane 达摩杖

Popular Shaolin weapon, it is one of the weapons traditionally used as a tool; it was used by older monks to walk, for leg injuries, and to dig holes.

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Miao dao 苗刀

It was used by Chinese troops during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Schools of Pigua and Xinyi train with miao dao. The miao dao is a two handed sword with a cureved blade.

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Saber & shield

少林盾牌刀

Shields were traditionally used in Chinese martial arts and were made of rattan or wood cover with leather. The shield is used in combination with the saber in Shaolin.

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Sword & horse tail

The combination sword and horse tail is part of the Wudang program.

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Walking cane 手杖

A walking stick used as a weapon. The walking cane can be used to stab, to block, and to disarm weapons.

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Short staff 棒

The short staff is a basic weapon that is taught before the saber and the sword. Movements are fast and circular and includes stabbing, blocking, weapon disarming.

Weapon vs weapon

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Sword vs sword 對劍

The weapon of the general Guan Yu, during the Three Kingdoms. It ws used in battle to chop off horses' legs. The other side can be used for stabbing and striking. The  kwan dao  was traditionally very heavy and training with it provides body conditioning.

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Saber vs saber 對單刀

It is a called the horse cutting knife because it was used in battle to cut at the legs of horses. The ring was used to disarm swords.

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Staff vs Staff 對棍

It is a called the horse cutting knife because it was used in battle to cut at the legs of horses. The ring was used to disarm swords.

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Spear vs Pu dao

朴刀對槍

It is a called the horse cutting knife because it was used in battle to cut at the legs of horses. The ring was used to disarm swords.

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Spear vs saber 槍對刀

The weapon of the general Guan Yu, during the Three Kingdoms. It ws used in battle to chop off horses' legs. The other side can be used for stabbing and striking. The  kwan dao  was traditionally very heavy and training with it provides body conditioning.

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 3 section vs spear

三節棍對槍

It is a called the horse cutting knife because it was used in battle to cut at the legs of horses. The ring was used to disarm swords.

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Spear vs T-cane

达摩杖對槍

It is a called the horse cutting knife because it was used in battle to cut at the legs of horses. The ring was used to disarm swords.

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Spear vs 2 section

梢子棍

It is a called the horse cutting knife because it was used in battle to cut at the legs of horses. The ring was used to disarm swords.

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