Nov 30, 2010

Umbrella Kung Fu

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Asian martial arts have an extensive repertoire of weapons from the mundane to the exotic. For example Chinese Kung Fu is known to have at least 100 different weapons. Some of these weapons have ancient lineages, eg the spear, while a few must have been latter day additions, such as the umbrella, as shown in this clip from a martial arts gathering in Taiwan.  Note how the umbrella is not wielded like a sword or stick as it has a easily bendable or breakable spine.  Instead the demonstrator holds it in both hands and used it for vicious short pokes and hooks.

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