Double Weapons

The degree of intense training that is common to the Chinese martial systems is what allows the use of these complex but effective weapons. Many of these weapons are made even more difficult to use because they are mainly used in pairs. The doubling of the weapon adds to the effectiveness but also magnifies the difficulty in learning them.

The butterfly sword (˫ húdié shung do) is a short do, or single-edged blade, originally from the South of China, though it has seen use in the North.  The blade length is approximately that of the forearm, for easy concealment within the sleeves or inside boots, and for greater maneuverability to spin and rotate in close-quarters fighting.  The butterfly sword is usually wielded in pairs.  The sword has also a small crossguard to protect the hands of the wielder, which can be too small to block or hook an opponent's weapon.  Butterfly swords are used in several Chinese martial arts, notably Wing Chun, Lau Gar and Hung Gar.

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The hook sword is an exotic Chinese weapon traditionally associated with Northern styles of Chinese martial arts, but now often practiced by Southern styles as well. Also known as tiger hook swords or qian kun ri yue dao (literally "Heaven and Earth Sun Moon Sword"), these weapons have a blade similar to that of the jian, though possibly thicker or unsharpened, with a prong or hook (similar to a shepherd's crook) near the tip. Guards are substantial, in the style of butterfly swords, and may feature crescent shaped blades added to the guard or dagger blades protruding from the pommel.  Often used in pairs, the hooks of the weapons may be used to trap or deflect other weapons and the secondary blades allow for a variety of different attacks.

Deer Horn Knives are specialised Chinese bladed weapons consisting of two steel crescents crossing. This crossing produces four curved, clawlike points, one of which is extended as the "main" blade. The practitioner grips the wrapped middle of the lengthened crescent with the other acting as a hand guard. Relatively short weapons that were easily concealable in traditional Chinese clothing, they are usually trained in pairs, one for each hand, hence the plural title of the article.

Deer Horn Knives are especially associated with the soft style Chinese martial art Baguazhang, which is known for its diverse weaponry. They are mainly used in trapping an opponent's weapon in aid of tying up or breaking the opponent's weapon, disarming the opponent and other close combat applications.

The Deer Horn Knives are normally used against longer weapons such as spear, sword, broadsword, or any weapon which uses safe distances to attack from. One advantage of the Deer Horn Knives in comparison to a longer weapon is that seeming the deer horn knives are direct appendages of the hand they can be moved with great speed and precision, and along with their ease of concealment, can easily be used to catch their opponent of guard.

Double daggers (Bi Shou) are for the agile and the quick.  Daggers like this were often kept in the boots and drawn out by their rings at the butt end: therefore also known as Ring Daggers

Taiji Wind & Fire Wheels is a seldom seen double-handed weapon.  The origin of Kung-fu Wheel blades is shrouded in the mysteries of Chinas past. While the weapon has an illustrious history in oral legend, it is not specifically mentioned in the ancient literature of kung fu. Weapons in the class of Wheel blades are, however, encountered in literature from the latter part of the Ching dynasty (1644-1892) authored first by Yang Lu Chang (1799-1872) and then by Yang Ban-Hou (1837-1892).  The rhythm of the form must be graceful and based on a sound rooting of the body. The goal of Wind Fire Wheels is harmony of body, mind, and weapon as well as applications.

Melon hammers are most commonly used in pairs.  The hammer with handle was first seen and became the widely used weapon during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods.  Because it is shaped like a melon, it is also called the standing melon or lying melon. There are also square and octagonal shaped hammers. In ancient times, holders of the hammer were called the Golden Melon warriors.

The short handled axe belongs to the twin weapons.  Because it looks like a slab, it was named the double-slab axe.  Playing the double-slab axe requires boldness and bravery.  The playing techniques, similar to those of the long-handled spear, include chopping, cutting, hugging, wiping, floating and slicing.  In addition, it could be used for hooking and hanging as there is a hook on the back and pricks on the end.