Spear and other Long Range Weapons

Spear and other Long Range Weapons

The Chinese martial arts culture is rich in having thousands of weird and wonderful weapons. Among them the spear, the weapon of the hunter and the warrior, holds a place of honour. Read on if you want an introduction into this world. Read more

Horse Halberd

Horse Halberd

JINAN

There are many different types of the halberd (Ji) varying by the number and shapes of the extra blades attached to the spear head. The single crescent shaped blade belongs to the Horse Halberd (Ma Ji). If you compare this video to one of the many spear videos on Wushu Scholar you will immediately see the similarities in movement. Of all the long weapons the Ji is most like the spear in weight and flexibility and so many of the same principles apply, however the extra blade on the side allows you to hook and slash your opponent as well as stab. Performed by Master Li Chang Ren in Jinan City, Shandong. View clip

Spear vs Broadsword & Crutch

Spear vs Broadsword & Crutch
JINAN

In this two man pattern the spear takes the defensive role. The spear is a long range weapon so once the attacker wielding the broadsword and crutch (both short range weapons) is able to enter close in, all the spearman can do is use the shaft of his weapon to block the strikes and rely on the flexibility of his waist and the speed of his footwork to try to open up the distance he needs to gain an advantage. As soon as he gains that distance the spear head shoots forward to deliver a lethal strike ? for safety, all the spear strikes in this pattern are targeted just above the shoulder to the side of the head. View clip

Buddha Hand (Fo Shou)

Buddha Hand (Fo Shou)
JINAN

The Buddha Hand or Fo Shou is a less lethal variation on the basic spear design. Because it was often carried by Buddhist clergy for self defence, the deadly spear point is replaced by a flat metal hand shape. This is still sharp enough to do damage, but unlike the spear it is not designed to kill, as befits a religious weapon. In other respects the Fo Shou is very similar to a normal spear and allows for many of the same movements, with the energy transferred to the tip of the weapon from the practitioner?s waist. View clip

Guan Dao

Guan Dao
HANGZHOU

The Guan Dao is the heaviest long range weapon in the Chinese arsenal and this weight, which can get to as much as 100 kilos, is used to move and power the weapon. Momentum is built up in large circular swings and strikes and, if you notice, the weapon never quite stops moving throughout the pattern, the energy of one swing is just converted into another, directions are changed smoothly, seamlessly. It takes a very strong person to wield this weapon properly, which is why a giant Guan Dao often served as a badge of rank for a general in the Chinese Army and it was the weapon of the God of War, Guan Yu. Performed by Master Zhao Rong Fu in Hangzhou. View clip

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