A dao is a single edged Chinese sword that resembles something in between a cleaver.
It typically has a wide, moderately curved blade, often meaning it is referred to as a broadsword. Due to the blade being curved it is only moderately effective in thrusting meaning its main purpose is for hacking and slashing.
The earliest recorded use of the sword dates back to the Shang dynasty (1766 BC to 1122 BC) and the sword even saw use by militia against Japanese invading armies in the second Sino-Japanese War.
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"Dao" is actually a name for the generic Chinese broadsword,(there are many kinds of daos, i.e kwan dao, dadao,and pudao)which is one of the most powerful of all kung fu weapons.
The dao is used in many types of Kung Fu (such as Bagua, Hung Gar, Tai Chi, and Monkey) because of its versatility- it can be effective at long, mid, or short range, and some forms involve use of two daos. It is considered one of the four basic weapons,along with the staff,spear, and straightsword, and has earned the name "The Marshal of all Weapons."
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