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Flexible Weapons

Three-Sectional Staff

 

Three section staff demonstration

A Chinese flail weapon that consists of three wooden or metal staffs connected by metal rings or rope. The staves can be spun to gather momentum resulting in a powerful strike, or their articulation can be used to strike over or around a shield or other defensive block.

Nine Section Chain Whip

 

Nine section chain whip demonstration

I was one of the first students learn any weapons from my Sifu. As a result my training was a little unique. For instance typicially you would start your weapons training with some thing fairly easy to handle like a staff but in my case we started with the nine section chain whip.  It was an amazing and painful way to start to my weapons traning.

The nine section chain whip consists of nine metal sections, which are joined end-to-end by rings to form a flexible yet often heavy chain. The whip has a handle that swivels at one end and a metal dart, used for slashing or piercing an opponent, at the other. A cloth flag is often attached at the dart end of the whip with a second flag below the whip's handle. The flag or flags help the practitioner control and adjust the speed while the whip is in rotation by creating resistance.

The nine section chain is unique in its ability to be concealed because of its small size and yet can be used a mid to long range weapons not unlike the rope dart. Strikes generated by the nine section chain whip can be at varying distance by wrapping the chain whip around various parts of the practitioner's body prior to striking. 

Double Chain Whip

 

Double chain whip demonstration

The double chain whip form is one the last and most advanced weapon forms taught in the Chuan Tao Kung Fu system.