shaolin spade ( iterally, "Zen Staff" and "shaolin monk spade" . Romanized Japanese: getsugasan), also called a Shaolin Spade, is a Chinese pole weapon consisting of a long pole with a flat spade-like blade on one end and a smaller crescent shaped blade on the other. Neither blade was designed to be sharpened. In old China, Buddhist monks often carried spades (shovels) with them when travelling. This served two purposes: if they came upon a corpse on the road, they could properly bury it with Buddhist rites, and the large implement could serve as a weapon for defence against bandits. The crescent was designed as defense against small to medium-sized predators such as wild dogs and leopards. The way it is used is to hold the animal at bay by positioning the crescent at the animal's neck and pushing it away if needed. Over time, they were stylised into the monk's spade weapon.
This pole-type weapon consists of a sharp metal “spade” on one end and a sharp metal crescent on the other end. The Shaolin Spade is typically 6-7 feet in length.
When wielding something as seemingly ungainly as a Shaolin Monks Spade you want to know that you are in control, especially when there are objects or people you could accidentally hurt. It is also the Shaolin Way that you have the control and skill to move in a precise way, controlling you tool in an exact manor being able to apply the right amount of force (or not) to the right place and be able to stop at any time when needed. That is why you first exercises should be on a target without hitting anything; controlling the Monks Spade and developing control, precision and both the accelerating and stopping muscles needed for the proper weilding of the Monks Spade tool!
The Shaolin Spade (Monk Spade) belongs towards the traditional long weapons of Shaolin wushu. The Shaolin spade was used by the Shaolin wushu monks when they went out. Since passed down it’s basic plain and unsophisticated. Its movements are of extensive postures along with the strikes are full of power. Its style is particular with forceful vigor and energy. The footwork and kicks are distinctive and amazing whichi will fill your spirit.
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