The straightsword (jian) is a double-edged straight sword and a wushu discipline. "Jian Shu" (straightsword art) is in particular practiced by women, but men with good back and shoulder flexibility often also do this discipline. Everybody who practices jian (straightsword), also practices qian (spear). Traditionally the wushu straightsword was a stiff, heavy weapon, but today most jian are flexible and have very thin and light blades. The reason for this is that in modern wushu, you have to do very fast movements and acrobatic jumps with the sword in your hand. Find more wushu related topics at wushu main.