List of Traditional Martial Arts Weapons
This page provides details on a wide variety of traditional
martial arts weapons (i.e. Bo staff, Nunchaku, Sai and " Meteor Hammer"). These martial arts weapons come from a variety of countries (i.e. China, Japan and the Philippines) and martial arts styles (i.e. Ninjutsu, Eskrima, Karate, Kobudo and Kung Fu). These weapons are used for demonstrations, katas & forms, etc.
For information on martial arts weapons techniques (i.e.
Bo staff techniques), please visit the main Martial Arts Weapons Techniques section. You should also visit the Martial Arts Weapon Katas section in order to view katas, patterns & forms that use these traditional martial arts weapons.
To learn about martial arts styles that focus almost exclusively on weapons training, please see our
Weapon-Based Martial Arts section.
List of Traditional Martial Arts Weapons
Bagh Nakh - The Bagh Nakh is an Indian martial arts weapon known as "Tiger Claws". Baraw -
Arnis, Eskrima & Kali knife Bankaw -
Arnis, Eskrima & Kali staff
Bo Staff - Staff Bolo -
Arnis, Eskrima & Kali machete
Bokken - Wooden practice sword used in Japanese martial arts such as Kendo and Aikido.
Canes - Canes or walking sticks are used as weapons in martial arts such as Hapkido.
Daab Song Mue - Thailand two-handed swords
Dan Bong - The Dan Bong is a very short wooden Hapkido weapon. Dao - Chinese saber
Eku - A Japanese weapon that originated from an oar
Hanbo - Japanese half staff
Hu Cha - Chinese "Tiger Fork" or "Hunting Tiger Trident"
Iaito - Iaito is an unsharpened metal practice sword used in Iaido.
Jang Bong - The Jang Bong is a 6 foot wooden staff used in Korean martial arts such as Hapkido.
Jian - Straight sword used in Chinese martial arts such as Wushu and Tai Chi. Jingum - Metal sword used for cutting practice in Korean martial arts such as
Jiu Jie Bian - Jiu Jie Bian is a Chinese "chain whip" weapon.
Jo - Japanese short staff
Jutte or Jitte - Japanese weapon similar to the Sai Kagum - Blunt metal sword used for training purposes in Korean martial arts such as
Kama - A Okinawan/Japanese weapon based on a small scythe for cutting rice.
Kanabo - Kanabo (or Tetsubo) was a metal mace used by Japanese samurai.
Karambit - Southeast Asian claw-like weapon
Katana - Japanese sword Krabi - Thailand curved sword
Krabong - Thailand staff
Kunai - Japanese Ninjutsu dagger-like weapon
Kusari Fundo - Japanese chain weapon
Kusarigama - Chain and scythe weapon
Kuwa - Japanese weapon based on the garden hoe
Kwan Dao - The Kwan Dao (Guan Dao) is a heavy Chinese pole-based weapon with a "sword" at the top.
Kyoketsu-Shoge or Shogee - Hooked dart-rope weapon used in Ninjutsu.
Lathi - Stick weapon used by Indian and other Southeast Asian police.
Liu Xing Chui (or Meteor Hammer) - The Meteor Hammer is a traditional Chinese weapon consisting of iron balls on a chain.
Lujiao Dao - "Deer Horn Knives" or "Duck Blades" Metsubushi - Pepper or powder used in
Ninjutsu in order to blind or disorient an opponent. Mokgum - Wooden sword used for training purposes in Korean martial arts such as
Nagamaki - Japanese weapon
Naginata - Japanese halberd-like weapon
Nunchaku - Also known as Nunchucks
Nunti Bo - An Okinawan spear with hooks on the side.
Pho Bak - The Pho Bak (or Rope) is a traditional Hapkido self-defense weapon. Plawng - Thailand long staff
Police Baton - This traditional law enforcement tool has been used for centuries.
Pu Dao - Chinese weapon known as the "Horse Cutter Sword". Qiang - Chinese spear
Quarterstaff - This is a British wooden staff about 6-9 feet long. Famous from the tales of Robin Hood.
Sai - Three pronged weapon
Sanjiegun - Wu Shu three section staff
Sansetsukon - Okinawan three section weapon.
Sarong - Sarong is a flexible rope-like weapon used in martial arts like Silat.
Shaolin Spade - This Chinese weapon is also known as Yue Ya Chan and Chan Zhang.
Shuang Gou - Chinese hook swords
Sheng Biao - Chinese rope dart
Shillelagh - Irish stick weapon
Shinai - Bamboo practice sword used in Japanese martial arts such as Kendo. Shinken - Japanese sword used in martial arts such as
Shuko - Claw-like weapon used in Ninjutsu
Shuriken - Throwing stars which are usually associated with Ninjutsu
Surujin - Surujin is an Okinawan weighted chain or rope weapon.
Tambo - A very short staff (similar to a baton) used in martial arts such as Aikido, Jujutsu, etc..
Tanto - Japanese dagger. A wooden version is often used in Aikido knife self-defense training.
Tekko - Okinawan (Japan) knucklebuster or brass knuckles
Tessen - Japanese war fans
Tetsubishi - Metal caltrop
Tinbe Rochin - Okinawan spear and shield combination Tomahawk - The Tomahawk is a Native American hatchet-like weapon and is used by martial arts such as
Tonfa - Two baton-like weapons
Yantok - Arnis, Eskrima & Kali stick weapon
Yari - Japanese spear
Yumi - Bow used in Japanese archery-based martial arts such as Kyudo.
Modern Weapons of Opportunity - These are everyday items that you would normally be carrying (due to the rain or an injury) that could be used in a self-defense situation. These are not concealed weapons.
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Turtle Press, Korea's Traditional Weapons,
http://www.turtlepress.com/articles/traditional_korean_weapons.aspx, Added - 6/5/13 Confucius Institute Online, Kung Fu Weapons,
http://kungfu.chinese.cn/en/node_842.htm, Added - 06/05/14 Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association GB, Weapons of Ryukyu Kobujutsu,
http://www.rkagb.com/weapons_intro.htm, Added - 06/05/14
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