The "gentlemen of all weapons". In ancient China scholars wore swords. For a good sword technique, you need tranquillity in the heart, peace of mind, purity of spirit, precise footwork, and wrist control. The sword is for fast strikes.
Saber (Dan Dao單刀)
The "Marshall of all weapons", since was mostly used by military soldiers. The saber is also linked to the "fierce of the tiger" because of its fast and vigorous techniques.
Staff (Gun 棍)
The "father of all weapons" is a trademark of Shaolin Kung fu. Many techniques of other long weapons are variations of the basics of staff. The staff requires long stances and vigorous and powerful movements.
The "king of all weapons", is very effective on the battlefield. The spear is a long-range weapon and uses firm and flexible movements. Footwork is agile and light. The spear's speed and simplicity make it a good opponent for most weapons.
3 sect. staff 三節棍
The "first patriarch staff" is made of three parts connected by chains. The 3 section staff can be used a short or long-range, since it can be handled by grabbing the two ends, rotating it from the middle section, or grabbing the last section. Movements are fierce.
2 sect. staff 梢子棍
The two-section staff is made of a long staff with a smaller part connected through a chain. The two-section staff can be more dangerous than the staff because even if blocked by the opponent, the smaller piece can still strike.
The nunchaku was developed from a farmer's tool and became especially popular in Japanese Karate. The ninchacu allows high speed and to reach in various directions and with a long range distance.
Nine-section whip chain 九節鞭
It is made of 9 sections chained together, with a metal handle and a sharp metal bullet. The bullet makes it a very dangerous weapon. Additionally, it is easy to hide, because very flexible.
Two swords are handled simultaneously.
Traditionally daggers were carried as a backup weapon, not as the main weapon. Daggers are mainly for close-distance self-defense.
The weapon of the general Guan Yu, during the Three Kingdoms. It was used in battle to chop off horses' legs. The other side can be used for stabbing and striking. The kwan dao was traditionally very heavy and training with it provides body conditioning.
Historically, it was used by Buddhist monks to dig holes and bury the dead from famine and wars. Additionally, it was used for self-defense, during their travels. The shovel can be used to attack the opponent's head and feet. The crescent moon can be used to hook weapons.
Historically the fan became popular when weapons were prohibited in imperial palaces and other public places. The fan can quickly be opened with a rapid movement of the wrist, which allows it to strike in rotation.
Typical weapon of Wudang kung fu. Traditionally , the horse tail whisk was used to cleanse stress, evil thoughts, and energy. The horse tail is used on pressure point, to attack and defend, and to snatch an opponent's weapon.