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.
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- 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)
- Arnis – A wooden stick of about 75 cm (also used in 6 Dragons Kung Fu); it is made of wood (kamagong, rattan, etc.) or metal (read The basics of short sticks: safety and grip)
- 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
- Darts – Used in many martial arts, are similar to small knife, balanced to be thrown (read An exercise to learn to throw darts)
- 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
- Improper weapons – It is a group of tools that do not born for combat purposes but that are exploited for that use (read The ideal improper weapons for defense)
- 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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