Wind and fire wheels

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A matched set of two wind-and-fire wheels

Wind-and-fire wheels (simplified Chinese: 风火轮; traditional Chinese: 風火輪; pinyin: feng huo lun) are mêlée weapons, wielded as a pair, associated with Chinese martial arts such as baguazhang and taijiquan.[1] Visually, they are similar to chakrams.

Each wheel is a flat metal ring approximately 38 cm (about 15 inches) diameter. One quarter-segment has a padded grip with a cross-guard; the other three segments have protruding flame-styled blades. With one wheel in each hand, the practitioner can slash, stab, parry, or disarm an opponent.[2]

In the mythological story Fengshen Yanyi, the Immortal Taiyi gave Nezha a wind-wheel and a fire-wheel. These were tread on whilst chanting incantations, to serve as a magic vehicle.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sun, Steve L; Tai Chi Chuan Wind and Fire Wheels, S L S Publication Center, 1998 ISBN 978-0-9671182-0-8
  2. ^ Sun, Steve L; Advanced Tai Chi Chuan Wind and Fire Wheels, S L S Publication Center, 1999 ISBN 978-0-9671182-1-5
  3. ^ Liu Ts'un-Yan. Buddhist Sources of the Novel Feng-Shen Yen-I. p. 92.