Guan Dao

A deeply curved blade mounted atop a long pole, often with a ruff of fur or hanging tassels where the haft meets the blade. Comparable to a great-axe for gameplay purposes.

Historical Guan Dao (OOC)

A guan dao (yan yue dao ("reclining moon blade")) commonly consists of a heavy blade with a spike at the back and sometimes also a notch at the spike's upper base that can catch an opponent's weapon. In addition there are often irregular serrations that lead the back edge of the blade to the spike. The blade is mounted atop a 1.5 m to 1.8 m (5-6 foot) long wooden or metal pole with a pointed metal counter weight used to balance the heavy blade and for striking on the opposite end. The blade is very deeply curved and therefore unlike most polearms, solely useful for sweeping cuts where it relies on range and power.

A sash or tassel is often attached where the blade meets the pole, which serves both to prevent any bloodflow to where the pole is being gripped and as a visual distraction to opponents.

Forms utilizing the weapon emphasize strong slashing movements and momentum to keep the heavy blade moving through a series of spinning cuts. The considerable weight of the weapon also makes guan dao forms good for training the overall conditioning of the body.

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