The Flying Claw is used to ensnare a foe and throw them off balance. It originated in China during the Sui Dynasty and is one of the flexible, or soft, weapons in the Chinese martial arts. It is in the same family as the meteor hammer, rope dart, and chain whip.
The flying claw is constructed in a manner with a spring mechanism within the metal claw that allows the claw to open and close as the tether is pulled or released.
The flying claw varies in reach and chain/rope length. it is different for all users of the weapon. example lengths of the chain or rope can be 9 meters or 15 meters
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The flying claws appear in the following kung fu movies. "Tiger and Crane Fist" The footage was later used in the comedy movie Kung Pow! Enter the Fist