At 9 Dragons Kung Fu alongside your traditional Southern Five Animals Kung Fu training, you will also learn traditional weapons. On the path to Black Belt, these will include the staff, Nan Dao, as well as the other 18 traditional Chinese weapons that are offered through Master Teacher seminars.There is a lot of value in learning to use traditional weapons. They connect us to the history of our art, but they also teach us practical lessons that we can use today.
Some of the weapons can easily be applied to practical self-defense applications by using commonly found objects, particularly the staff (think broom and mop handles), and some of the whipping techniques (think belts and items of clothing).
Other weapons we may not have ready access to or particularly want to use in self-defense situations (I don’t know about you but I don’t generally have a sword accessible to me unless I am at the kung fu studio), but we learn other lessons from these. We learn how the weapon works, so we can better defend ourselves against them should we ever be attacked with them. We also learn valuable lessons about different types of power generation with each of the different weapons, and this flows over into our physical development and unarmed Kung Fu training.
It is also a lot of fun to challenge yourself with mastering a new weapon!