mma The Deadliest Martial Arts Weapons  

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Weapons used in martial arts range from the traditional katana sword of the upper-class samurai, to metal whips, claws, longbows, or a simple wooden staff. Martial arts weapons vary by culture, time-period, and style of fighting - but they're all badass. Making everything from nunchucks and simple wooden tonfa to priceless swords and giant hammers, ancient weapon-makers of Asia had a reputation for creativity and style that was unmatched anywhere in the world. Their weapons weren't just elegant, however; they were deadly. 

Japanese martial arts weapons especially embraced multiple uses. A chain weapon could be used for offense, or for climbing. A wooden staff might be a blow gun, a breathing tube, or a combat weapon. Samurai had many different kinds of swords for different uses, and Shaolin warriors in China could take simple sickles and use them to attack, defend, or intimidate.

Here are some of the most badass martial arts weapons of all time. Check out our list below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
1

Katana


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The long, curved katana was the mainstay of the Samurai. It could be used as an offensive or defensive weapon. The scabbard was useful for defense, and as a blunt instrument, and it could even be stuck into a wall and used to climb. Some warriors even filled the scabbard with pepper or dust, which would blind an enemy when drawn.
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Tiger Claws


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Four-pronged iron claws were worn by ninjas in need of something they could use to both climb a wall and either disarm or annihilate enemies once they got to the top. The design is thought to have originated in India, but Japanese warriors also embraced them, using the claws for offensive, defensive, and utility purposes. Also, are you going to mess with a guy wearing hand claws? No, you're not.
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Shuriken


Shuriken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Deadliest Martial Arts Weapons
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The Shuriken is a traditional concealed weapon, used for throwing, slashing, or stabbing. While Western culture usually depicts these as throwing stars, they could also come in a variety of designs with curved or straight points. There were even versions that weren't flat discs, but rather, darts, covered in poison or bacteria.
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Nine Section Whip


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A Shaolin weapon of incredible striking power, the nine section whip could come in a variety of sections and lengths. It had a wooden handle at one end, a spike at the other, and numerous lengths of metal chain in the middle, linked by rings. They could be used for offensive or defensive purposes, blinding, slashing, tying an enemy up, or striking from a long distance.
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Kunai


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Based on a masonry trowel, the kunai is a short dagger with a soft blade, used to smash holes in walls, and, if necessary, as a close-quarters weapon. It also has a pommel at the end, and can have a rope affixed to use as a climbing implement. It's mostly a multi-purpose tool, but can also kill quite effectively.
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Tanto


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Shorter than the traditional katana, the kanto was primarily used by samurai as a slashing and stabbing weapon in close-quarters combat. The traditional kanto is a flat and straight blade with extremely sharp edges - perfect for stabbing at an enemy's unarmored weak spots. They could also be made thicker for piercing armor, and were useful for warriors who needed to remove their main weapon to enter a house.
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Podao


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The Chinese "horse-cutter" sword is an extremely long blade attached to an even longer handle, sometimes as long as six feet. It's not quite a poleaxe, not quite a sword, and not quite a staff. What it is is deadly, especially at long range.
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Wakizashi


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A sword worn by samurai warriors, the wakizashi was different from the katana primarily in its length - it was shorter, and worked as a companion to the longer katana. It was particularly useful for indoor fighting, and could be carried when warriors had to remove their katana. Wakizashi could also be carried by commoners, as katana were reserved only for the warrior class.