The complete list of all the martial arts’ weapons

All the martial arts weapons (ancient and modern)

With this guide, we aim to create (and update) an, as much as possible, complete list of martial arts’ weapons and the (eventual) relation that 6 Dragons Kung Fu has with them.

Note – This article has been asked by one of our Core Course practitioners on Patreon (see how to attend our home study classes here Learn Kung Fu online: a beginner-to-expert course).


  • We are working to fulfill and deepen the list
  • We have started with the most famous weapons but we will gradually add more and more details

The full list of martial arts’ weapons


  • 3 section stick – Similar to a Nunchaku with a third section, it is a very complex weapon; used in many martial arts, it is one of the last weapons of 6 Dragons Kung Fu)
  • 9 section chain whip – It is a metal flexible weapon divided into 9 sections; used in Shaolin temple it is one of the most dangerous weapons of 6 Dragons Kung Fu (read The Shaolin 9 Section Chain Whip)



  • Bang – In Mandarin, the chinese version of the Bo
  • Bo – A wooden staff of about 180cm (used in Okinawa); it is held with two hands and has a relatively long-range
  • Bong – It is the Korean version of the Bo


  • Chinese spear – Traditionally known as the “king of all weapons” it can be found on various lengths (but always more the than the height of the practitioner) and with different types of tips (with 1-3 tips) and with a red ornament at the base the metal part


  • Darts – Used in many martial arts, are similar to small knife, balanced to be thrown (read An exercise to learn to throw darts)
  • Double hammers – A couple of big hammers with a long handle, sometimes with a parallelepiped at the top, sometimes with other shapes (eg. with triangular faces)
  • Double tiger hook swords – A couple of Chinese swords with a hook at the top


  • Hachiwari – See Kabutowari



  • Jian – It is the classical double-edged Chinese Tai Chi sword
  • Jiu jie bian – See 9 section chain whip
  • Jo – A wooden stick with a length between a sword and a staff (used for example in Aikido)


  • Kabutowari – A Japanese knife-shaped weapon carried as a side-arm by the samurai (used to broke the helmets of the enemies)
  • Katana – Extremely famous, it is the most important weapon of the Samurai (read also Buy junk Katana); used even today by the Japanese army, it is a single-edged curved sword (very sharpened); its best implementation is in open fields
  • Ko-Naginata – A Naginata with a smaller blade (typically used by woman)
  • Kun – Okinawa, see Bo


  • Meteor Hammer – A very long and complex Shaolin weapon; it is composed of a long rope with a metal weight at its end (read The Shaolin Meteor Hammer)


  • Naginata – A Japanese long-bladed pole, heavier and slower than a Katana
  • Ninjato – A Japanese sword that, in the twentieth century, has been connected to the modern figure of the ninja; there are several versions, straight, curved, etc. (in some cases they were even obtained from broken Katanas)
  • Nunchaku – After the Katana, it is one of the most famous oriental weapons; it is substantially composed of 2 wooden sticks connected by a chain (its length rarely overcome the 70-75cm, read Starting with the Nunchaku)


  • O-Naginata – The Naginata of the male warrior (see also Ko-Naginata)


  • Pang – In Cantonese, the Chinese version of the Bo


  • Qiang – See Chinese spear


  • Rope – In 6 Dragons Kung Fu, it is an elastic cord used in training (to prepare for more complex weapons); at an advanced level it can also be used as a defensive tool itself (read Stance and basic rotations of the rope)
  • Rope dart – A Chinese weapon made of a long rope and a metal pointed dart at the top


  • Sanjie gun – See 3 section stick
  • Sarong – A kind of solid fabric scarf sewn in a circle that is carried over the shoulder in silat; it is used to perform various techniques of control, strangulation, etc.
  • Sheng Biao – A Chinese rope dart typical of Mei Hua Chuan
  • Shuanggou – See double tiger hook swords
  • Shuang Chui – See double hammers


  • Tanto – It is a very sharpened Japanese knife; it is the third weapon always with a samurai
  • Tengpai – A Chinese shield made of wood (rattan)
  • Tonfa – It is a wooden stick slightly longer than a forearm with a perpendicular handle


  • Wakizashi – Slightly shorter, it is the younger sister of the Katana; the samurai used it in closed / small spaces (where the Katana has less mobility options)


  • Ya – The arrow of the Yumi
  • Yumi – A Japanese asymmetric bow (over 2m)


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