Gun (staff)

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Gunshu event at the 2005 National Games of China

A gun (pronunciation [kwə̂n], English approximation: /ɡuən/ gwən, Chinese: ; pinyin: gùn; lit. 'rod, stick') or bang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Bàng; lit. 'rod, club') is a long Chinese staff weapon used in Chinese martial arts. It is known as one of the four major weapons, along with the qiang (spear), dao (sabre), and the jian (straight sword). It is called, in this group, "The Grandfather of all Weapons". In Vietnam (as a result of Chinese influence), the gun is known as côn in Vietnamese martial arts.[1][2][3][4]

Variants and styles[edit]

A flail-like iron staff (left) in military compendium Wujing Zongyao
Schematic representation of the three main Chinese martial arts staffs

The gun is fashioned with one thick end as the base and a thinner end near the tip, and is cut to be about the same height as the user or 6 foot. Besides the standard gun, there are also flail-like two section and three section varieties of the staff as well as non-tapered heavier variants. Numerous Chinese martial arts teach the staff as part of their curriculum, including (in English alphabetical order):

Bailangan and nangun are frequently found in modern wushu competitions in gunshu and nangun events respectively. The IWUF has created three different standardized routines and an elementary routine for gunshu and two different routines for nangun.

In contemporary wushu[edit]

Gunshu refers to the competitive event in modern wushu taolu where athletes utilize a gun in a routine. It was one of the four main weapon events implemented at the 1st World Wushu Championships due to its popularity. Modern staffs are often made from wax wood or rattan, both of which are strong woods, but flexible and light. Some versions may also feature metal or rubber parts, and the current modern staffs for competition are usually made of light carbon fiber. The newer staffs do not break like the wax wood ones and are even lighter.

The IWUF has also created three different standardized routines for competition as well as an elementary routine. The first compulsory routine was created and recorded by Yuan Wenqing in 1989.

Gunshu routines in international competition require certain staff techniques including: Píng Lūn Gùn (Horizontal Cudgel Windmill Wave), Pī Gùn (Cudgel Chop), Yún Gùn (Cudgel Cloud Waving), Bēng Gùn (Cudgel Tilt), Jiǎo Gùn (Cudgel Enveloping), Chuō Gùn (Cudgel Poke), Lì Wǔ Huā Gùn (Vertical Figure 8 with the Cudgel), Shuāng Shǒu Tí Liāo Huā Gùn (Two-handed Vertical Cudgel Uppercut). Only the Píng Lūn Gùn and Lì Wǔ Huā Gùn techniques have deduction content (codes 64 and 65 respectively).

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Roi Kinh, quyền Bình Định".
  2. ^ "Côn – binh khí độc đáo của võ cổ truyền Việt Nam". 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Nhiều tiết mục võ thuật đặc sắc tại buổi giao lưu giữa Takhado và Tây Sơn Võ đạo". 20 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Các Lò Võ Tây Sơn - Phần 2 - Võ Đường Hồ Ngạnh". May 2015.
  5. ^ "Weapons Training in Ba Gua Zhang: Part 1". 30 March 2016.

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