Martial Art Weapons – Ninja Weapons List

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Martial Arts Weapons List

Aikuchi Dagger
The aikuchi is tanto (smallest of Japanese short swords) without a tsuba (guard) mainly used in Tokugawa period – 15th Century Japan. Because of its short blade, the Aikuchi and Tanto are more commonly refereed to as a dagger. This weapon was often paired with the Katana and Wakizashi. Very effective against the enemy as a close range weapon, grappling or when fighting on the ground.  It could serve for attacking the enemy at a distance by throwing it. Smaller aikuchi style knives such as the kaiken and other easy to conceal weapons, were popular with the Yakuza and typical for women samurai as a weapon for emergencies and suicide.

Anken Japanese Short range projectile
Anken is another name for Shuriken.

Ararebo Club
A hardwood club about 40 cm long sheathed towards both ends with metal for heft and rigidity.

Arbir Spear Weapon
The Arbir is a halberd approximately five feet (1.5 m) long. The plane of the blade has a shallow groove running along it that allows the user to determine exactly where the cutting edge is at all times.The arbir is one of three special weapons used by members of the Persatuan Pentjak Silat Selurah Indonesia (PPSI).

Arhat Coin Chinese Hidden Weapon
Also known as Luohan Qian.

Aribō Stick Weapon
Forged iron cane 100 – 130 cm long with a square or octagonal cross-section and a tip thinner than the handle; also known as kirikobō or gojō.

Arit Sickle
Arit is a sickle with pronounced crescent-blade patterns and a short handle, used in Pentjak-Silat.

Arnis Sticks Buy Now
Eskrima and Arnis are the names primarily used in the Philippines today. Eskrima or Escrima refers to Filipino, stick-based martial arts. The term is mostly used in the Visayas region. Eskrima sticks are hard sticks usually made from a hard wood such as rattan that is burned and hardened. They can also be made out of metals such as aluminum or can be padded for training purposes. They are usually between 45 and 70 cm long and can be a variety of widths.


Ashiko Ninja Foot Claws / Ninja Foot Spikes Buy Now

The Ashiko were spiked claws that were worn on the feet. This helped the Ninja climb faster and more efficiently on their missions. As well as a great climbing aid, it could also be used in combat to deliver deadly kicks.

Ba Soft Weapon
Ba are cymbals. A musical instrument used as a weapon.

Ba Ling Chui Club
It is the eight corner hammer. It is a metal octagon using the corners and edges for clubbing the opponent.

Badik Dagger
A Malayan dagger shaped like a butterfly whose straight blade bears one sharp edge.

Bagua Dao Sword
Bagua dao is a two handed broadsword that was sometimes associated with the Bagua zhang style of martial arts. It is also known as a shuang shou dao.

Bakuhatsugama Japanese Composite Weapon
A short-handled kusarigama, a traditional Japanese weapon that consists of kama (the Japanese equivalent of a sickle) on a metal chain (manriki) with a heavy iron weight at the end, with a container of explosives, poison, or blinding powder.

Balisong Butterfly knife Buy Now

A balisong, otherwise known as a butterfly knife or a Batangas knife, is a folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called flipping, are performed for art or amusement.

Ban Deng Bench Weapon
Ban deng is a bench. It was common in tea houses instead of chairs. There are routines teaching the used of the bench as a weapon in Choy Lay Fut and some other Chinese martial art styles.

Bang Staff Weapon
Bang or short staff is easy to make and use, and is practical, it has become a very popular weapon. The short staff emphasis is on a sweeping action due to its shorter length. Some movements used for other weapons (such as spear and sabre) can also be used in staff forms. There are many methods of using the short staff like chopping, swinging, jabbing, hanging, jumping, leaping, smashing, pointing, blocking, sheltering, holding, piercing, floating, carrying, poking, and lifting. The different Chinese Traditional Kung Fu schools have different emphasis on different moves.

Bankoku Choki Japanese Composite Weapon
A concealed weapon consisting of a metal ring with protruding knobs or spikes; taught in the Edo-period Emmei-ryu and Nagao-ryu schools.

Bastard sword Buy Now

Bastard swords were developed as a form of long-sword in the mid-1400’s. This type of sword had specially shaped grips for one or two hands and usually had side-rings and finger rings to protect the hand. Bastard swords also had a more tapered, narrowly pointed blade. This unique sword is also called a Hand-and-a-Half sword. Originally a European sword, the Bastard Sword was used into the late 14th and 15th centuries by knights and men-at-arms alike. The Bastard Sword receives its interesting name from its design. The length of the blade was not much longer than that of a simple long sword, yet one could hold the weapon in two hands (the grip fit about one and a half hands). Basically, the sword couldn’t really be categorized as either a one or two-handed weapon, making it a bastard as far as swords are concerned.

Baston Stick Weapon
A wooden or rattan stick or cane of varying lengths used in the Filipino martial arts.

Batak Kapak Battle axe
Batak Kapak is a traditional weapon which looks like a small hand axe but all its metal edges were razor sharp. When a fighter unsheathed a battlefield Batak Kapak in ancient times, the cutting edge was almost always smeared with some type of deadly poison.

Batak Raut Dagger
Batak Raut was a very large Sudanese blade, also known as”claw of Pamacan.” Literally translated as “tiger claw,” the Batak Raut was revered symbolically as well as practically employed as a large cutting weapon.

Beladau Dagger
A Sumatran curved dagger with a convex cutting edge.

Bi Soft Weapon
It means a pen used as a weapon.

Bian Soft Weapon
It means a whip. There are hard and soft whips. Whips can be used alone or in pairs. Two common versions of the ‘soft’ whips are the nine section and the seven section whips. This type of whip has a sharp pointed double bladed knife ending one section and a handle as the other ending section. Some hard whips have side prongs similar to the Okinawan karate weapon known as a ‘sai’. The distinguishing feature of the bian is the pattern of ridges found around the tail of the whip.

Biao Qiang Spear Weapon
A variation of the Qiang, this was a short spear with a pear shaped point used a thrown weapon, and was also called a ‘Throwing Spear’.

Bisento Spear Weapon Buy Now

A Bisento is a kind of Japanese pole weapon (adopted from the Chinese Kwan-do/Guan dao) which greatly resembles a naginata. It consists of a thick curved blade mounted atop a long wooden pole. Much heavier than the naginata in construction, there is some accounts of it being used as a training weapon to improve one’s naginatajutsu. Used in warfare as an anti-cavalry weapon, it would be used against both horse and rider.

Bishamon yari Spear Weapon
The bishamon-yari, or curved spear possesses some of the most ornate designs of any spear. Running parallel to the long central blade were two crescent moon shaped blades facing outwards. These two additional blades are attached in two locations by short cross bars.

Bishou Dagger
Bishou or Dagger is a small knife. It tends to be defined as any knife used or designed for fighting one handed and inefficient for eating or cooking. Primarily a stabbing weapon, the dagger was usually double edged and narrow.

Blowgun Short range projectile Buy Now

A blowgun is a simple weapon consisting of a small tube for firing light projectiles, or darts. The wielder blows into one end, forcing the dart out the other. Often for increased effectiveness, the dart is tipped with a poison. Many cultures have used this weapon, but various indigenous rain forest tribes in South America and South East Asia are the best known wielders.

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