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Learn to move in tai chi with the jian or dao swords for a incredible workout both physically and energetically. Master the single jian or dao then move on to training with two swords at once with a jian or dao matched sword set.
The jian is a double-edged straight sword used during the last 2,500 years in China The first Chinese sources that mention the jian date to the 7th century BCE. Historical one-handed versions have blades varying from 45 to 80 centimeters (17.7 to 31.5 inches) in length. The weight of an average sword of 70-centimeter (28-inch) blade-length would be in a range of approximately 700 to 900 grams (1.5 to 2 pounds). There are also larger two-handed versions. In Chinese folklore, it is known as "The Gentleman of Weapons".
Dao "knife" is a single-edge Chinese Sword used primarily used for slashing and chopping, often called a broadsword because some varieties have wide blades. In China, the dao is known as "The General of All Weapons". Dao is actually a generic word used to denote any member of a family of single-edged, broad-bladed cutting or slicing tools, but in common, everyday usage means knife.