The “ nunchucks” most likely have their origins in Okinawa, japan but may have some ties to being developed from the asian flail used to thresh rice from from the husk. Our style teaches the basic movements to our novice level students. A freestyle approach is practiced in a stationary position and then with body movement as a student's control increases over time. Ultimately the nunchaku provides a great way to increase ones coordination of movement in conjunction with a rapidly spinning flail and unleashes a students untapped dexterity over time with diligent practice. The nunchaku is the beginning stage of learning to the 3-sectional staff.
The staff is the most simple and readily available weapon to most martial styles. The staff is roughly eyebrow to head height and can be made from the flexible Chinese wax wood or harder woods as preferred by our instruction. Proficiency, technique and speed result from strength training through the use of heavier and thicker iron rods.
As common to create and implement as the staff, the short stick in itself is more inconspicuous and doesn't evoke threatening or defensive responses quite as quickly. Implementing the short stick techniques for defense is quick and decisive. It's use is borne of subterfuge on the part of the weilder and magnified by the underestimation of the attacker. The short stick techniques are taught at the green belt level.y over time with diligent practice. The nunchaku is the beginning stage of learning to the 3-sectional staff.
Chinese broadsword (Dao)
This blade initial form and techniques are taught at the brown belt level. It involves correct blocking and slicing techniques with attention to proper movement and rooting needed to correctly wield the blade. Beginning students start with wooden swords and as they progress are encouraged to use heavier versions until they can quickly utilize combat steel incarnations of the blade. Shaolin Do students end up using heavy 6 kilo versions and not the wushu competition foils that have been made popular in tournaments.
The sais have their origin in the china-indonesian area of the world. The sais provide the ability to strike with both ends utilizing the sharper end as a stabbing weapon and the rounded handle-end as a striking weapon of pinpoint accuracy. The form is taught to the upper level brown belts and provides a good basis for countering long weapons and edged weapons.
Possibly used by General Guan Yu, the long staff with a spike at one end and a thick curved knife at the other end became more of a conditioning tool rather than a practical combat weapon. If you were attacked by a lion or a grizzly this might be the weapon to use. The Kwan Dao is the last weapon to be learned before advancing to black belt level.
The most lively and fluid weapons with reach is the spear. The spear is usually 1-2 ft taller than the practitioner. It is made of flexible waxwood for the invaluable whipping motions used in its applications. Spear combat techniques are taught at the black belt level. Drunken techniques are reserved for higher belt ranks which ultimately require greater flexibility and control of the body.
Tai chi or straight sword (jian):
Considered to be the most elegant of the Chinese martial weapons, the straight sword often accompanies the internal kung fu regimen. The use of the straight blade is more akin to a flowing ballet of movement than the broadsword, which is not unlike a large meat cleaver in its application. The straight sword has wonderful forms in hsing I and tai chi applications for the more advanced students.
We also provide instruction and forms on a multitude of more exotic and unique weapon systems. The listing above is the majority of weapons that are taught in the beginning to black belt levels.