BAGUAZHANG SHUANG GOH
The Chinese Hook Sword, recuperation or Shuang Goh (“Double Hook”) is definitely unique amongh all of the arms of the world. Usually used in pairs, or paired with another weapon
The Chinese Hook Swords are also referred to as Tiger Hook Swords, and are a Composite weapon – combining elements from two or more ‘base’ weapons; Dagger, Jian, Crescent, Hook, and unofficially because of the single Crescent that acts as a knuckle guard. it’s usage resembles the movements of a Dao.
Their tips can be interlocked connecting the hooks together so that when one end is released both can be swung as a single united object.
The weapon clearly epitomizes Northern Shaolin technique and philosophy.
These weapons require such an intricate articulation, an awareness beyond normal swordplay, that it’s typically only taught at advanced levels. The practitioner has to keep track of the daggers not only to utilize them in combat situations, but to avoid impaling one’s self as well. This sounds like common sense, but you have to understand that when the tips are being moved on one plane in one very specific direction, your awareness must also encompass the daggers, pointing in the opposite direction, moving in the opposite direction, on a completely separate plane. Invariably either the front, or the back, the hooks, or the daggers, are ripping back and forth across the upper or lower portions of your body, your arms and legs. When two weapons are being used together, both Goh or even just a single Goh paired with another weapon, the crescent are also protruding forward, so you have to be very careful not to cut your own wrists open or your fingers off. With these things in mind, utilizing two of these weapons while being able to display all of the combative techniques, methods, and concepts is much more than the average martial artist can manage without serious, serious training.
Regrettably, because of the decline in students who are invested in their personal development and the preservation of these arts, many kung fu instructors have opted for ‘signing many students’ in lieu of maintaining their responsibilities to those who have come before them. As a Kung Fu man I find this offensive. Not only are people being reduced to an aspect of some bank account, but in many cases those men of the past who have worked so hard to contribute their arts to the future have given their very lives as a consequence of being Stand-Up in the face of adversity.
For all of these reasons, these days most forms being taught today are mediocre at best.