Traditional Kung Fu Weapons


What is Kung Fu Weapons

18 Weapons of Shaolin

There are 18 weapons of Shaolin Kung Fu. The eighteen classical weapons consist of nine long weapons, such as staff, spear, and the halberd; and nine short weapons such as double daggers, swords, and axes. Each weapon utilizes a different function of the body and practice of Shaolin Kung Fu and allows the subject to have a well-rounded arsenal of weapons.  The Chinese adopted most of the long weapons from the Mongols. However, it was Emperor Chao Kuang Yin who invented the three sectional staff.  The southern Chinese, for urban type warfare, developed most of the shorter weapons.

Shaolin handed these weapons down over the centuries although there were some variations in some of the family styles. Hence, different Kung Fu systems may place emphasis on different weapons. For example, some say spear is the king of long-range weapons while others state that it is the staff.

Even though primarily the staff and the sword are emphasized for mastery, one who wishes to master the Chinese martial arts should be familiar with all the weapons. For “Master” status it is essential that the artist specialize in at least one long weapon and one short weapon. To obtain “Grandmaster” status a kung fu artist must have a working knowledge of all the weapons, but is only expected to have two mastered.


With Master Sonny Le

Over 45 years of Martial Arts experience in training and teaching

Specializing in self defense using Wing Chun, Kids Kung Fu and also teaching many practical kung fu weapons.




As a student of Sifu Le of almost three years, I can honestly say I’ll continue to practice the art of kung fu for the rest of my life.

The wealth of knowledge that has been demonstrated in my time at North York Wing Chun, has brought me closer to my personal goals in a way that far surpassed my expectations.

If you’re looking for an experienced and patient teacher, who is eager to explain and demonstrate practical applications than look no further.
You won’t find any “mysticism” or lengthy exposition that distracts from the reason you’ve come to learn in the first place.

Sifu Le is a teacher who keeps his finger on the pulse, trains shoulder to shoulder with his students and isn’t afraid of being questioned. In fact he encourages his students to ask why, because he’s a teacher who wants his students to understand, learn and grow.

Authenticity and transparency is how I would describe the methods of teaching at NYWC not only for the hand to hand training but the tutelage of weaponry training is nothing short of spectacular.


I have known Sifu Le for over 8 years, and from the very beginning he taught for the sake of Martial Arts, not for profit. Often times he will restrict class sizes to ensure he can give everyone the proper amount of guidance and space. Sifu Le’s teachings are definitely theory based, where he will show you the technique and the meaning behind them. The applications are taught shortly after. He definitely does not teach in the “repeat after me” style.

Being his student on and off the past years, Sifu Le has taught me three Shaolin Kungfu forms, two Wing Chun forms (siu lim tao, and chum kiu). From weapons, he has taught me the staff, double sticks, nunchaku, broad sword, double broad swords, and three section staff forms.

I highly recommend checking the North York Wing Chun school



I’ve been learning Wing-Chun here for 4 months with Sifu Lee, and I’m enjoying being here a lot. He is a very professional Kung-fu trainer and a very kind and humorous teacher. It’s a great place for all people, especially for those who wish to get serious training with a lot of real-fight techniques engaged.

The class always focuses on techniques and street-fight application, which make the training extremely practical and helpful for people who are passionate. If you have some previous experiences, you could possibly find some strong fighters here and gain further improvements through tense and professional unique practices. And for people like me who didn’t have a lot of experiences, it’s also beneficial because it’s starts from basic and go straight forward to real-fight but not performance at all.



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