Weapons training in Boyne Valley Martial Arts Schools is undertaken by advanced students only, beginning with the knife for Purple sash and the staff for Brown sash. Weapons training gives you two important things: Firstly weapons training teaches you principles which can be applied to everyday objects such as umbrellas, walking sticks etc. These can then be exploited successfully in self-defence. Secondly, a weapon is really just an extension of the body. As such weapon training provides an ideal platform for advanced martial art practice requiring strength, speed and coordination. All of these are to the benefit of any martial artist.