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18 Weapons


18 Weapons


In Chinese Martial Arts, the uses of weapon is part of the practices. From ancient to modern day, Chinese Martial Arts practicioner incoporation weapons practice in their practice.

Some of the major weapon that are used includes, staffs, spear, sword, sabor, double broadsword, hooks, shoval and many more.



Above: Shaolin Master Shi Yan Hui Practice Broadsword

Dao (刀; pinyin: dāo) is a category of single-edge Chinese Sabre primarily used for slashing and chopping (sabre), often called a broadsword in Englishtranslation because some varieties have wide blades. In China, the dao is known as one of the four major weapons, along with the Gun (staff), Qiang (spear), and the Jian (sword), and referred to as "The General of All Weapons". Dao is actually a generic word used to denote any member of a family of single edge, broad-bladed cutting or slicing tools, but in common, everyday usage means knife. The weapon, also known as dan dao (single knife) when just one is used, is thereby thought to be an adaptation of the kitchen knives common to Chinese Kitchen.

Master Shi Yan Hui was a champion in Dao as a child, he currently teaches many sets of Broadsword skills to the students of the Shaolin Temple Martial Arts Academy


The Sword is also one of the weapon widely used in the practice of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Sword, in mandarin is call Jian.

The Shaolin Temple Martial Arts Academy teaches many different sets of sword routines.


Qiang is the Chinese term for spear. Due to its relative ease of manufacture, the spear in many variations was ubiquitous on the pre-modern Chinese battlefield. It is known as one of the four major weapons, along with the Gun (Staff), Dao (Broadsword), and the Jian (Sword), called in this group "The King of Weapons".

Common features of the Chinese spear are the leaf shaped blade and red horse-hair tassel lashed just below. The tassel serves a tactical purpose, and is not simply for decoration.



Above: Master of Shaolin Temple Martial Arts Academy Performing Staff Form

The Staff is one of the oldest and widely used weapon in the practice of Shaolin Martial Arts. Here at the Shaolin Temple Martial Arts Academy, the student's first weapon is to learn the staff.

Many sets of Shaolin Staff is taught by master Shi Yan Hui.