Uncommon in most martial arts, the chain whip is a traditional Chinese martial arts weapon. Characterized by several metal rods connected by rings to form a flexible chain. The chain whip consists of a handle at one end and a metal dart at the end of the flexible chain.
First recorded use of a chain whip dates back to the Jin Dynasty (265-420).
Easily folded and hidden, the chain whip is an excellent concealed weapon. It can be used as a whip, to hook and bind, and to deflect weapon blows. The forms are extremely elaborate and complex and mistakes in coordination can result in the weapon striking the wielder. As such, training in the chain whip is reserved for only the most advanced students.