Eighteen Arms of Wushu
Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:01 PM
Very intersting topic, but not much understood in western literature.
Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:52 AM
Anyone know the origins of the 18 Arms of Wushu, and as to if the term "18 arms of Wushu" was used more to refer to the Northern or Southern Chinese Martial arts (wushu), or used for both as a whole?
Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:12 PM
2 origins known to me:
2nd/17th books of Water Margins 水滸傳
chap. 7 in Cui Wei's Records of Northern Campaings 萃衛北征錄 by Hua Yue 華嶽
Populare since Ming/Qing dynasties, and probably more categories of weaponry, not arms per se!
Posted 21 June 2014 - 03:36 AM
I thought the dao and jian were shorter than the other 16 weapons.
Posted 21 June 2014 - 11:23 AM
Right, dao and jian are swords, while those in the pictures seem to be polearms...
Edited by El Ha, 21 June 2014 - 11:23 AM.
Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:42 AM
Yea, inaccurate picture.....
Possible origins of the number 18 could be Indian culture, especially Buddhism with the 18 Arhats and the coming of Bodhidharma (Original Shaolin style was called 18 Luohans Fist).
Also apparently the Indian martial art of Kalaripattayu has 18 stages...
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