The “Dope Art.” Rope dart looks like a single poi on an extra long leash. The weight is flung around the body as the slack of the rope is guided into specific wrap patterns around various limbs of the body in order to unwind in a unique way. The weight alternates between being flung away from the body, and being yanked back in with quick tugs on the remaining slack of the rope. It truly plays with some lesser used motions in the field of props. The rope dart or rope javelin also known as Jōhyō in Japanese, is one of the flexible weapons in Chinese martial arts. The rope dart is a long rope (usually 3 – 5 metres) with a metal dart attached to one end. This was a weapon from ancient times, which allows the user to throw the dart out at a long range target and use the rope to pull it back. The rope dart can be used for twining, binding, circling, hitting, piercing, tightening, and other techniques. The rope dart came about when peasants in Asia were not allowed to carry weapons. It was so unlike a weapon in appearance, consisting mostly of a rope, that they could easily carry it around with no fear of being noticed.
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