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Shaolin Monk with Twin Hook Sword or Shang Guo

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The shang guo is sometimes called the

This Shaolin monk wields the shang guo or twin hook sword. Click for larger image.

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The twin hook sword is also known as the qian kun ri yue dao, or "Heaven and Sun Moon Sword," or the shang guo, the "Tiger Hook Sword." There is no record of this weapon ever being used by the Chinese military; it seems to have been developed exclusively by martial artists such as the Shaolin Monks.

Perhaps because it is both difficult to wield and flashy-looking, the twin hook sword is very popular with present-day martial arts aficionados, and appears in many movies, comic books and video games.

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