Gun (the staff) is a traditional Chinese weapon. It extends from the ground to the user's solar plexus and is usually crafted from wax tree. Wood from the wax tree is flexible and has been used as material for spears and other weapons throughout Chinese history. The wood is suitable for use in weapons because of its characteristics: it is sufficiently flexible as not to break but at the same time it can inflict extensive damage.
The staff form which we practice is known as the Whipping Staff. This form includes movements and principles which apply to the use of other weapons as well. The movements of the staff are circular and surprising in nature. The purpose is to block the opponent's strikes and to continue with an attack to their exposed area. Through blocking a weak point is opened in the attacker's defense which is exploited for a counter-attack. As with other weapons, the staff should function as an extension of the users body in conjunction with the other movements. When practicing these principles by using the staff the practitioner develops fluid movement that can be applied to unarmed combat as well.