Wind and fire wheels


Wind and fire wheels

Wind and fire wheels (zh-tsp|t=風火輪|s=风火轮|p=Feng Huo Lun) are mêlée weapons, wielded as a pair, associated with Chinese martial arts such as Baguazhang and Tai Chi Chuan.

Each wheel is a flat metal ring approximately 15 inches in diameter. One quarter-arc has a padded grip with a cross-guard; Opposite and adjacent arcs have protruding flame-styled blades. With one wheel in each hand, the practitioner can slash, stab, parry or disarm an opponent.

A contemporary proponent of the wind and fire wheels is Grandmaster Dr. L. Steve Sun [ [http://www.windfire.com/taichiweaponsarticle.pdf T'ai Chi weapons article] retrieved from windfire.com] . He believes that practice with these blades accelerates development of chi (internal energy) due to both arms being weight-loaded and forced to interact with each other. Also, both wheels must be constantly active for coordinated flow to emerge.

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