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What to Look for in Your Martial Arts Weapons

Updated on July 22, 2009

A weapon must be an extension of your body and you must treat your weapon as if it were a part of you. In martial arts weapons training you are taught to respect and admire the power of your weapon but also to remember that it can be a conduit of grace and elegance.

Training with your martial arts weapons is one of the most entertaining and exciting aspects of martial arts training but those of you just starting out might not know the basics of what to look for in your first martial arts weapons. Let this little article be your guide to entering the world of martial arts weapons, I will share with you some of the basic elements of all weapons that are important to take into consideration when you go out to buy martial arts weapons.

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What Material is the Weapon Made Out Of?

The history of martial arts weapons has seen a vast and impressive diversity in the material each weapon is made out of. Of course there are many different sorts of martial arts weapons, some blunt and some sharp, but they all carry some of the same qualities.

Each martial arts weapon will always be made of wood, metal, or a combination of the two. When you’re perusing the many variations of weapons you’ll soon notice that not all wood is made equal. There are exotic woods, hard woods, purple heart woods, all different kinds that go into the weapon. Think of a martial arts weapon as both an implement of war and of an art piece. You’ll want to find a material that is easy to handle, looks appealing, can hold its own against blows and damage, and feels nice to the touch.

The Skill of the Craftsman Goes a Long Way

If you’re serious about martial arts weapons training you will hopefully want to buy a high quality weapon. Don’t just run out to your local Wal-Mart and pick up the first one that looks cool. These weapons are powerful and their creators must take time and care with each one for them to work properly. For instance, an expert Fletcher’s arrow is going to fly smoother and hit the target with greater accuracy than some of the mass produced arrows on the market today because he took his time and crafted it just so.

Craftsmanship also plays a huge role in the aesthetics of the weapon. Often times a weapon crafter will etch designs into the weapon and decorate it in other interesting ways to make his particular piece stand out amongst the rest. You may enjoy a stylized weapon over a bland plain blank wooden one. If you know a craftsman you might even be able to get him to make you some custom martial arts weapons, many master martial artists will practice making their own weapons and will give them out to their students.

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How Does the Weapon Feel in Your Hand?

Weapons are tactile object by their very nature, it is important to find a weapon that feels good when you hold onto it. You want to be able to move fluidly with the weapon in your hand and it is helpful if you can get a feel for that as soon as you pick it up. Different weapons will have styles and weights of their own and they might not work well with your body build and personality.

Think about the Jedi in Star Wars. Each of them has a personalized Light saber that is specific to their personality and fighting style. They chose their sabers by what felt natural in their hands and you should do the same with any of the weapons you want to use.

Remember to Be Safe and Have Fun

Martial arts weapons training can be fun and exciting but it can also be dangerous. Remember to always practice your martial arts with an expert or with martial arts practice weapons before you go out embarking on your own with the real thing. Have fun and be safe and you should really enjoy your time studying how to wield all martial arts weapons.

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      Weapon Certification 7 years ago

      You brought up some important truths in your article, thank you. A weapon is an extension of the body. It is funny to me how when beginners start using a weapon they don't realize that it is a part of their body and they focus only on the weapon, but as we learn and grow we understand this truth more and realize that when using the weapon, you still have the rest of your body that can be used, such as a strike with the weapon followed up with a kick. Many forget this. Thank you for your article.

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      captainchris 8 years ago

      Great content! Thanks for sharing!

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