While the Miao Dao is rarely practiced in modern Chinese martial arts, some schools of Piguaquan and Tongbeiquan (in the Guo Changsheng lineage) and Xingyiquan train with the weapon. The miaodao is also often mistakenly claimed to have been one of the weapons taught at the Central Military Academy in Nanjing; the weapon in question was actually a European-style officer's saber, though some later schools may have based Miaodao techniques on this form.
The "miao" or miaodao should not be confused with the Miao ethnic group, who are not associated with this weapon.
The miaodao (苗刀) or a Chinese seedling knife is a Chinese two-handed saber of the Republican Era. It has a narrow blade, pointed tip and a long hilt with an overall length of 1.2 inches and longer. The name means "sprout saber", presumably referring to a likeness between the weapon and a newly sprouted plant. Along with the dadao, miaodao were used by some Chinese troops during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
This Miao Dao is high quality and recommend for daily exercise!
- Total length: 140cm
- Blade length: 102cm
- Blade width: 4cm
- Handle length: 38cm
- Material: stainless steel
- Fine Rosewood
- Brass fittings
- Total weight: 2.5kg
Read more about Miao Dao written by Jonathan Bluestein.