As is traditional in many martial arts schools, the Academy teaches weapons skills alongside its unarmed fighting method. As with other aspects of the Wu-Wei Dao syllabus, the weapons are taught in a particular sequence for grading purposes but nothing stops them from being studied out of that sequence if a student so desires.
White belts start with the Filipino systems of arnis (or escrima/kali), focusing on the baston (baton), both solo and double, and knife (mostly focusing on dealing with knife attacks).
From Green belt onwards, students learn jodo - the way of the 4 foot staff.
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Essential Jo by Dan Djurdjevic
Publication Date: Feb 15 2015
Page Count: 156
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Chinese cane and staff
From Nidan (2nd Dan) onwards, students learn the walking cane and long staff forms of the Chen Pan Ling system of gong fu.
Elective Chinese, Okinawan and Japanese weapons
After Sandan (3rd Dan) students can choose electives from:
- the various weapons of Chen Pan Ling (the straight-edged sword known as the jian, the sabre known as the dao, etc.); and
- the various Okinwan arts of kobudo (which literally means "old marital arts" in Japanese - a reference to the fact that these arts date from antiquity), including the long staff (kon/bo), the trident (sai), tonfa, sickle (kama) and flail (nunchaku); and
- the Japanese wooden sword (bokken).