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Weapons

At the School of Shaolin, we use all of the traditional Chinese weapons you see below.  Please look around and find out more about the weapons that we practice with on a day to day basis.

Broadsword

The Dao, or broadsword in common translations, is one of the four major weapons in Chinese martial arts. The dao is primarily a slashing and chopping sword with a single edge. Chines folklore refers to the dao as “The General...

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Chain Whip

Uncommon in most martial arts, the chain whip is a traditional Chinese martial arts weapon. Characterized by several metal rods connected by rings to form a flexible chain. The chain whip consists of a handle at one end and a...

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Double Edge Sword

The Jian, or double edge sword, is one of the four major weapons in Chinese martial arts. Dating back 2,500 years in China. Ranging from 18 to 31 inches in length with both edges sharp it is known in Chinese...

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Hook Swords

The hook sword (fu tao) is a Chinese martial arts weapons traditionally associated with Northern Shaolin styles. Hook swords have no known origination date but antique examples date from the late Qing era (1644 to 1912). Also known as tiger...

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Kwan Dao

The Kwan dao (yanyuedao), is similar to the European fauchard or glaive. It is a heavy blade, often in a crescent or half-moon shape with a spike on the other end of a 5-6 foot pole. Due to the deep...

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Spear

The spear (Qiang) is known as one of the four major weapons in Chinese martial arts. Having an overall length between 9 and 14 feet, the spear consists of a leaf shaped blade with a red horsehair tassel just below...

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Staff

The staff, (Gun in Chinese), is literally a rod or stick. It is one of the four major weapons in Chinese martial arts. Chinese folklore calls the staff, “The Grandfather of all Weapons.” Made from wax wood or rattan, in...

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Three Sectional Staff

The three-sectional staff (sanjiegun) is a Chinese flail weapon. The weapon is made up of three wooden sections connected by metal rings or rope. The staves can be used to strike around a shield or defensive block or spun to...

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