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Alongside the empty-handed forms of Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu, there are the Traditional Weapons sets. In martial arts, weapons are an added training tool to enhance the body’s connection with an inanimate object whether it be long, short, flexible, single, or double-handed. The aim of the training is that the weapon becomes an extension of the body. Practicing with weapons helps develop heightened coordination, strength & dexterity, and spatial awareness depending on the type of weapon you train with.
Typically, there are 18 types of weapons practiced at the Shaolin Temple. These are broken down into 5 sub-classes consisting of Poles (staves & sticks), Blades (swords & knives), ‘Soft’ Weapons (ropes, whips, & chains), Projectiles (archery, spikes & needles), and Combination weapons (halberds/spears, joined, & specialty).
Students at SHAOLIN Martial Arts Canada learning Traditional Martial Arts Weapons in Aurora begin with what is commonly referred to among Chinese styles as the ‘4 Gentlemen of Kung-Fu’: