Many people wonder why Wing Chun , the Southern Chinese Kung fu style of martial arts, only uses two weapons, the single-tailed fighting pole and the butterfly sword. Some people have even speculated that the reason Wing Chun only uses two weapons has more to do with frugality than any teaching techniques. In addition, the Chinese government also had its arm in the manufacturing of these two weapons. As the years passed, however, the weapons became regarded as antiquated.
- Wing Chun uses fighting poles, to teach dexterity, and increase ability across other weapons and disciplines.
- Buddhist prohibitions on bladed weapons may have affected the popularization of the technique.
- The butterfly sword and the fighting pole have rich history in the local Chinese wars of the 19th century.
“Wing Chun teaches only two weapons. For those unfamiliar with the system these are the long single-tailed fighting pole, favored by a number of southern Chinese styles, and the butterfly swords.”