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



  • Jian – It is the classical double-edged Chinese Tai Chi sword
  • Jo – A wooden stick with a length between a sword and a staff (used for example in Aikido)


  • 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
  • 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)


  • 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)


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


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • Tanto – It is a very sharpened Japanese knife; it is the third weapon always with a samurai
  • 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)


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