In the Cheng Ming school different traditional weapons are taught, each linked to the three styles practised (taijiquan, xingyiquan, baguazhang). Weapons are part of the intermediate and advanced programme and can be studied after the empty-handed techniques. With the necessary caution, some of these weapons can be taught to children as well.
The various traditional weapons can complement the study of empty-handed techniques and increase strength, harmony and dexterity, which they greatly require in order to reach a level of proficiency in their usage.
Apart from satisfying the “artistic sense” of those who use them, weapons have an explicit martial content: the practice with weapons is an extension of empty-handed techniques; if the level of proficiency in these is insufficient, it will be hardly possible to prolong gestures correctly down to the point of the weapon.
Forms with traditional weapons allow to infer many fundamental exercises. They require much focus, steadiness and a balanced use of force.
The main weapons used in the Cheng Ming school are:
Other weapons are taught individually at very advanced levels, such as the half-moon knives of baguazhang.