shaolin spade

shaolin spade

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.

  • Essentially a polearm; very effective for keeping zombies out of reach.
  • Has two blades on either end so you can use both of those in combat, though this can make it more dangerous to the user, especially if the user lost their footing.
  • The shovel part can (obviously) be used to bury dead corpses, though doing so would be extremely difficult, as the spade portion is shaped poorly, has to curve, and would provide no mechanical advantage to the user.
  • Can be used to help carry supplies if on foot, though carrying supplies in this manner would quickly cause the user to become exhausted, due to hauling the weight far from the body and constantly balancing a shifting load; most loads would be difficult to attach to the spade as well, without being tied on, and would be equally difficult to remove if the spade were needed as a weapon.
  • Can be used to thrust at opponents in battle and to block simultaneously in melee fights
  • Bulky and sharp, so carrying it around will be hard.
  • Very rare.
  • Weighted and used differently from many other melee weapons. Somewhat steep learning curve.
  • Difficult to conceal from other humans.
  • Bad idea for use in close corner situations or small houses when looting e.t.c

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