|Date||01 Jan 2006|
Pei Huai Li.
The Yue Ya Cha, or Monk's Spade was a Shaolin weapon derived from agricultural implements of the Chinese peasants. A practical variation was also frequently used by monks to bury the dead, but like so many other farming implements, in times of war or strife these tools were adapted for other purposes. Mster Pei works hard to twirl this heavy weapon (typically around 10-15kgs) over his back, relying on good wrist strength to keep hold of the shaft. The occasional in-out thrusts show another devastating use for the often sharpened 'spade' edge of this weapon, yet you'll have to look a bit closer to see the contribution the small crescent-shaped blade makes...