Weapons are integral to kung fu. Practitioners use different muscles and coordination with weapons than with empty hand.
Our Dragon students are very excited when weapons are introduced at blue belt level. By being given the responsibility of weapon handling the young students gain confidence and pride. They start with staff then move on to nunchaku (seminars may have swords). Parents can purchase padded weapons, however, by this level they have respect for the training and for the adult versions of the weapons. We have had great success with students using adult versions of weapons.
If you have any concerns please talk to Master Sarah.