Grandmaster, Ragib Huck
Martial arts weapons refer to nonballistic weaponry created in Asia before the 1900s— most of which came out of China. Although the earliest record of an unambiguous weapon (a weapon clearly used for killing purposes) is a 400,000-year-old wooden throwing spear found in Germany, the earliest metal weapon is a Chinese Neolithic (5000 B.C.) lance with a copper spear point.
The Iron Age began in Europe in 700 B.C. and China in 600 B.C., yet the Chinese perfected the art of forging cast-iron weapons 1000 years before the Europeans. No culture in martial arts history has created more diverse martial arts weapons than China.
The study of martial arts weapons offers a window into the past. The legends and folklore surrounding a weapon’s history, as well as the difficulty involved in mastering it, all add to the weapon’s mystique.
Martial arts weapons also can define a person’s martial way. For example, the sword is regarded as a weapon of bravery and justice; a symbol of war; military skill and honor.