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Sai: Kung Fu Master Class

by Nicholas C. Yang, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Master one of the Greatest Martial Arts Weapons of All

Sai is perhaps most commonly known in popular culture today as the featured weapon of choice by the comic characters Raphael of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Elektra of Marvel Comics "Daredevil". It is typically characterized as an Okinawan weapon, but China has its own special version.

It is widely accepted that the sai originated from mainland Asia several thousand years ago. Some view the sai as just an antique artifact to marvel at, but the sai as a martial arts tool is far from obsolete or just an image from fan fiction. It belongs to the family of baton weapons, and this type of weapon has continued to evolve through generations to become what we commonly see today in law enforcement.

The Sai is defensive and can block all barehand and weapon attacks. The concept behind such a weapon is having a light, blunt striking object that can be wielded in many different angles, grips, and positions. A nightstick's T-shaped design allows for many flipping options, as do the double prongs of the sai. Just like the sai, baton weapons are commonly seen in law enforcement because they offer a less-lethal option to subdue others. Simply put, the intention is not to kill. This is particularly useful for crowd control and one-on-one fights.

Given the very nature of its construction, any baton weapon can still deal a fatal blow. For sai particularly, stabbing attacks are quite dangerous because of its thin design. A sai's prongs can also be quite sharp and, when aggressively applied, can be used for gouging or clawing.

Sai techniques are highly practical and can transfer to any short rod or baton. 

Common targets are the hands, wrists, arms, and sometimes legs, as they are often in the right range of the sai. As mentioned, because the primary goal of sai is not to kill, torso and head strikes are less crucial. In many cases, the sai is most important for simply disarming an opponent.

The two sai can be utilized either simultaneously or by having one immediately follow the other. A common strategy is to counterattack at the exact same time an opponent attacks, as opposed to reacting afterward. Aside from being extremely time efficient, such counterattacks are the most effective because an opponent is less likely to expect an attack while on the offensive.

When attacking, there can often be a false sense of dominance or control, especially where overconfidence is involved. This strategy also follows the saying, "When my opponent does not move, I do not move. When my opponent moves, I move first."

Of course, the quote is not to be interpreted in a literal sense, as we cannot bend the rules of time. What it does mean is that although an opponent may engage you first, you should evade and conversely engage the opponent instead, all before the first move is even completed. The sai has an added advantage with its prongs because they are often used to guide, redirect, or temporarily immobilize an opponent's weapon to create the right opportunities for follow-up attacks.


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Training Equipment: Black Stealth Sai

The sai is mainly used for defense. Legend has it that the sai was originally used as a hairpin, and later derived into a dagger like very short armament. Designed for very close fighting, the sai does have some offensive stabbing and striking techniques.

Training Equipment: Soft Sai Case with Zipper

Black Nylon case with zipper and soft interior with extra liner can securely carry your pair of Sai. (Weapons not included)

DVD: Sai Fundamental Training—Sequence and Martial Applications
by Nicholas C. Yang

Learn to use the fast and powerful Sai from Nicholas Yang, with training drills, martial applications, and double sai sequence. (Sai not included but sold separately).

Watch Trailer - 275 min - 1 Disc(s)

Streaming Video: Sai Fundamental Training—Sequence and Martial Applications (Streaming)
by Nicholas C. Yang, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Learn to use the fast and powerful Sai from Nicholas Yang, with training drills, martial applications, and double sai sequence.

Watch Trailer - 275 min

Digital eBook: Ancient Chinese Weapons: A Martial Artist's Guide by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Ancient Chinese Weapons: A Martial Artists Guide is an easy reference guide. Profusely illustrated, easy to navigate, and conveniently broken down into four main classifications: Long Weapons, Short Weapons, Soft Weapons, and Projectile / Thrown Weapons.

This "Sai: Stealth Black Training Collection" Comes Complete with a pair of Sai, a case, and the instructional video as both a DVD and streaming for your convenience.

Sai (釵, chāi) is a challenging training that demands precision, agility, and graceful execution of its techniques to truly master. The sai is a unique baton weapon because of its two prongs and thin design. The shape and prongs allow for quick, easy flipping of the weapon. You flip the sai outwards for middle-to-long range strikes and blocks, and inwards for maintaining a tight, protective guard.

While the sai is not a readily practical weapon for use in today's world, its practice will greatly improve your dexterity, strength, and coordination. The skills acquired from sai training can easily be applied to other activities that require finely-tuned motor skills, from daily tasks to the use of other weapons.

Nicholas Yang offers this comprehensive training program for learning the Sai. His step by step instruction includes numerous fundamental techniques, drills, and principles with the double sai, including a complete sai sequence with martial applications.

You will learn:

  1. Sai history and theory

  2. Solo training, including blocking and striking

  3. Partner training, including sai vs various weapons

  4. The complete sai sequence, slow and full speed

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming makes a special appearance to introduce the program with a brief history of the sai. The techniques and sequence originate from Dr. Yang's extensive training in Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu.

Everything You Need to Start Training


About the Black Stealth Sai:

The Sai is mainly used defensively for trapping, blocking, and striking. The sai are related to Shaolin White Crane kung fu and can also be traced back to Okinawa and other Asian countries.

We have carefully selected this sai because it is well built, has good balance, and is affordably priced. This sai is ideal for kung fu training.

  1. The handle is solid, and has a good grip

  2. The sai is made of black-painted stainless steel with an octagonal handle

  3. Overall length is 18"

  4. Sold as a pair

We rate this sai as a good choice for every day training. Get one today and enjoy years of use.


About the Sai Carrying Case

Soft Sai Case with Zipper 

The black nylon Sai case with zipper and soft interior has an extra liner to quietly separate your pair of Sai. With this high-quality case you can discreetly and safely carry your pair of Sai.



Ancient Chinese Weapons: A Martial Artists Guide is an easy reference guide. Profusely illustrated, easy to navigate, and conveniently broken down into four main classifications: Long Weapons, Short Weapons, Soft Weapons, and Projectile / Thrown Weapons.

  1. Includes techniques and fighting strategy.

  2. History and evolution of weapons.

  3. Translations of Chinese terms.

  4. Over 130 illustrations.

Premium Bundle Contains

2x Training Equipments
1x DVD
1x Streaming Video
1x Digital eBook


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About the Author(s)

Nicholas C. Yang

Nicholas C. Yang (楊志豪碩士) began training martial arts as a child under the tutelage of his father Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming at Yang's Martial Arts Association (YMAA) in Boston, Massachusetts. He has competed in several international and national traditional Kungfu tournaments, including tournaments sponsored by the U.S. Wushu Kungfu Federation, U.S. Kuoshu Federation, U.S. Wushu Union, International Chinese Martial Arts Championship, World Tai Chi Federation, and Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine. He … More »

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (楊俊敏博士) started his Gongfu (Kung Fu) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He) Master Cheng, Gin Gsao (曾金灶). In thirteen years of study (1961-1974) under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane style of Chinese martial arts, which includes both the use of bare hands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many others. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qin Na … More »

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