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Kwan Dao

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Instructor Tristan and Instructor Dennis performing the Spear – Kwan Dao form at the Mall of America Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Demo 2014

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 curve of the blade, the kwan doa is solely used for sweeping cuts and gains advantage from range and power.

Forms consisting of strong slashing movements and momentum keep the heavy blade moving through series of spinning cuts. Practice with the Kwan dao is great for overall conditioning of the body due to its size and weight.