Actual­ly, this page should not exist at all. Becau­se it descri­bes some­thing that belongs so natu­ral­ly to the Asi­an mar­ti­al arts that the topic of wea­pon arts does­n’t deser­ve any words of its own. Fist, foot and wea­pon sim­ply belong tog­e­ther. But sin­ce in many mar­ti­al arts schools wea­pons have no or only a very small space, here are a few words about it. And sin­ce the Japa­ne­se nome­n­cla­tu­re is used in Shao­lin Kem­po, we also talk about Kobu­do here. Kobu­do is also open for Japa­ne­se forms, more about that below.


The Bo or Gun, as it is also cal­led in Chi­ne­se, is con­duc­ted dif­fer­ent­ly in Shao­lin Kem­po than in Japa­ne­se sys­tems. The move­ments are more flowing, the angles of strokes and stit­ches are dif­fe­rent. While in the Lung Chu­an Fa three Kata and two Kum­i­te are known, Sifu Olaf Bock tea­ches five Kata, which will also gra­du­al­ly flow into our cur­ri­cu­lum. From the green belt on we start with the long stick and its handling.


The steel trident also belongs to “our” stan­dard wea­pons. In other words, we run a kata with them, which is requi­red at the 1st DAN.


The Dao is a basic wea­pon of the Wus­hu, the spor­ty KungFu styles. And we also prac­ti­ce a form with it,


The Chi­ne­se hal­berd, cal­led Kwan Dao, is a very hea­vy cut­ting wea­pon. Here too we teach and learn a form that is very deman­ding and phy­si­cal­ly challenging.


The link chain or steel whip does not for­gi­ve anything. Abo­ve all, it does not for­gi­ve tech­ni­cal mista­kes by tho­se who try to mas­ter them. It is the­re­fo­re one of the wea­pons that only very advan­ced Kem­po­ka get their hands on and prac­ti­ce with.

Butterfly Swords

In Wing Chun they are cal­led Bart Cham Dao — the but­ter­fly swords used in pairs. The Long Kuen, also known as 1st mas­ter form, is actual­ly a wea­pon form with the two short swords. Only with them in the hands some of the move­ments make sense.