Most people do not completely understand the function of weapons. Most see it as a way to defend themselves, others see it as something neat they can twirl around and look cool with, and others look at it more seriously.
In actuality, weapons teach “unconsidered movements with your body” as well as new forms of coordination and it is also a way to make a bridge into training your body to flow better. One of the most important facts about weapons is … if you know how it and the ways it can be used, then you are more likely to understand how to defend yourself against an attack of that kind of weapon.
Do not underestimate the value of learning how to use weapons and the forms that go with them.
There are 4 categories of weapons that should be learned if you would like to pick up anything and use it effectively. One from each cornerstone is all you need but of course, more is … well more fun!
Once proficiency is learned in these 4 cornerstone weapons then picking up any object and using it is only a matter of imagination. You will already possess the body mechanics because without a doubt, weapon forms will make you move in ways you would have not otherwise considered moving.
The 4 Cornerstones are
Flexible/Capturing – (aka. Soft Weapons) Rope Dart and 3 or 9 section Whip Chain
Sharp – (aka Edged) Swords
Throwing/Hidden – (aka Projectile) Brass Chopstick, Stars, Knives
Straight – (aka Hard Weapons and often blunt) Staff or Spear
They do not have to be those exact weapons, just one from each. One soft, one edged, one projectile, and one hard weapon.