Eighteen Arms of Wushu

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The Eighteen Arms (Chinese: 十八般兵器) is a list of the eighteen main weapons of Chinese martial arts. The origin of the list is unclear and there have been disputes with regards to what the eighteen weapons actually are. However, all lists contain at least one or more of the following weapons:

  1. Dao (sabre, 刀)
  2. Qiang (spear, 槍)
  3. Jian (straight sword, 劍)
  4. Gun (棍) also known as Staff
  5. Halberd (halberd, 戟)
  6. Axe ()
  7. Battle axe (鉞)
  8. Hook sword (鉤)
  9. Trident(叉)
  10. Chain whip (鞭) Biān
  11. Mace (鐧)
  12. Hammer (錘)
  13. Talon (挝)
  14. Ranseur (Trident-halberd) (镗)
  15. Long-handled spear (槊) also known as Lance
  16. Short cudgel (棒)
  17. Walking Stick (拐) also known as Crutches, or Tonfa in western-adapted language.
  18. Meteor hammer (流星 Liu xing)

These weapons are commonly used by the monks at the Wudang Mountains

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