Glossary


Broadsword or knife (dao or tao)

Both English terms are used interchangeably for the primary curved blade weapon used in chinese martial arts for fighting multiple opponents. This sword is relatively narrow at the bottom, widens in the top third of the blade, and again narrows down to a sharp point at the top. Either one or both sides of the blade may be sharpened.

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