Origins of Martial Arts Weapons
To contemporary definition, everything that is Martial is associated to Fight, and when it comes to fight for protecting your own life, everything turns out to be useful, especially any item that is at hand.
This is the reason why we talk about Weapons: utensils born for just picking up rice or digging holes on farmlands, slowly turned into up to 120 handy defensive tools for self defense.
An Oriental Heritage
The tools used by peasants and merchants in ancient China unknowingly suffered an extraordinary martial evolution: after the stick – the father of all the weapons – another example is the Kama, a sickle used by rice growers in rice paddies, or the famous “two chained sticks”, called Shuangjiegun (Nunchuck). These were all instruments that proved to be deadly, and made perfect over the course of hundreds of years.