Posted: Wed 24 Dec, 2008 9:43 am Post subject: Info on 9 ring Chinese Sword
Anybody have any info on the 9 Ring chinese broad sword? Not really sure of the true name of the particular sword. I would like to know the purpose of the rings attached to the back of the blade of the sword. Apparently there is also a spear version known if I recall correctly the "guan dao" or "kwan dao", a 9 ring spear.
There isn't much information on the web or even from website of kung fu schools as far as usage other than simple aesthetics. As far as I can gather the rings were used to help trap an opponents sword when blocking, or at the very least help prevent the attacking sword from sliding along the back during a parry or block.
Ah, that's interesting to hear. I would not have guessed as information regarding these kinds of weapons is literally non-existant.
Makes some sense as well since the benefit of the rings is not immediately apparent. Any kung fu practitioners out there with some insight?Compagni of Schola St. George
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