Kung Fu Meteor Hammer
This is a pair of Kung Fu Meteor Hammers on a length of approximately 1.7 meters of rope. Both meteor hammers can be used together or one can easily be taken off and used singular.
Meteor hammer, known as flying hammer, is one of the soft weapons of Kung Fu.
The meteor hammer could be easily concealed as a defensive or surprise weapon, being of a flexible construction. The primary advantage for using a meteor hammer was its sheer speed. It acquired its name because it was said to strike 'as fast as a meteor'.
Long ago, when hunting, man used vine rope to tie stone balls and throw them so as to bind the legs of wild animals. The rope for the twin weights is about 1.7 metres in length and there is a small light steel hammer on each end.
When in action, the hammer in the front hand is used for attack and the other for protection.
In practice, you may put the rope around your neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, thigh, shank, foot or waist. After the hammer is released, it moves as fast as a meteor. The routines include 'loafer kicking a ball' and 'fairy maiden spinning'. If you change the hammer to a dart, it is a rope-dart. The playing tricks include winding, throwing, and swinging.
Using a meteor hammer involves swinging it around the body to build up considerable speed, before releasing the meteor to strike at any angle. Since the meteor has two heads, one could be used offensively, while the other could be used to defend, parrying attacks or ensnaring an opponent's weapon to disarm them. When used by a skilled fighter, its speed, accuracy and unpredictability make it a difficult weapon to defend against. While being swung, a meteor may be wrapped around its user's arms, legs, torso, neck or waist, before being unwrapped by a powerful jerk of the body to deliver a devastating and lightning fast punch. A master is fully capable of striking, ensnaring or strangling from a distance.
Some meteor techniques
All chain-based weapons tend to be handled in a similar fashion, however the meteor hammer is unique in a couple of respects. Firstly, it has no handle and secondly it is weighted at both ends, allowing much more effective control over its movement. Even at a most basic level, a meteor hammer may be seen as unpredictable and confusing to try to follow, making it very effective in combat.
A meteor may be thrown, while holding one of the heads to enable its retrieval. This is a highly unpredictable form of attack, often used effectively to catch an opponent off guard. A throw can be initiated quickly and efficiently by a skilled fighter, with a simple pull in the correct direction.
A correctly placed throw can cause the meteor to wrap itself around an object and grab it. If done correctly, the meteor will wrap over itself and ensnare a weapon, an object or even an opponent's limb. Alternatively, if the meteor does not wrap over itself, it can be used to spin an object, providing a helpful way of swiftly disorienting an opponent.
In a manner reminiscent of Indiana Jones, a simple linear strike can be effected, as from a whip.
Sometimes referred to as 'storm from above', this powerful attack involves a wide overhead arc, resulting in a vertical strike. Difficult to counter, but relatively easy to simply dodge, this attack can be repeated a number of times similarly to a techniques used with a bo.
The swing is a simple side attack, capable of tripping an opponent. A basic move to learn, but a difficult one to master, being as a horizontal swing can very easily backfire and injure the one wielding the meteor.
Further moves include blocks, short strikes, figure eight motions, locks and holds. It is also possible to use many of the same techniques common to the rice frail by bouncing the chain off the body or even other objects for even more unpredictability.
Click on this link http://www.youtube.com/v/uhW67MBO8M8&rel=1 to view the Rope Dart and Meteor Hammer in action on You Tube
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