Improving your self defense skills is one of the main reasons to train with weapons.
Training in weapons conditions the body and improves coordination and strategy. Once a student is skilled in the applications, forms and basics training of kung fu, weapons training can begin. Weapons training begins with forms, forms with partners and then applications. The basic essentials of footwork and body coordination are used. Students must follow the central rule for weapons training: You must recognize the weapon as an extension of your body.
Weapons Training Benefits
Chinese martial arts weapon training affords many advantages that add to the mastering of kung fu and self defense. This most importantly applies to defense against a weapon. Students are taught timing, range and distance to defend themselves safely and calmly against a weapon attack. Acquiring these skills makes the student more efficient at a safer distance when defending themselves.
Weapons training increases your self-defense skill range. While it is unlikely you will be equipped with weapons in an every day situation, weapons martial artists develop a certain mindset. A weapons trained martial artist will see everything in terms of “weapon potential.” You will look at common objects and think how those items can be used to defend yourself. Learning this mindset, the weapons trained martial artist will gain insight to use any item to protect themselves in a self-defense situation.
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