The Hook Sword (also Hooksword) is an exotic Chinese weapon, traditionally associated with northern Chinese martial arts, although its use has also been taught by southern schools in more recent times.
Sometimes mentioned as a weapon dating back to ancient times, there is no evidence to prove its existence before the late Qing Dynasty, making the hook sword a recent design relative to other weaponry. Hook swords are non-military weapons, as they are not listed in any official documents of the army, but seem to have been rarely used in any case considering the lack of sharpened models surviving and the considerable training required to effectively wield them. They are used by Shaolin Monks.
Hook sword routines are taught by northern schools like Northern Shaolin and Mantis style, and by a few southern schools such as Choy Lay Fut. These routines tend to be flashy and emphasize the long and flexible range of a pair of these weapons when linked.
There are five components to the hook sword that are useful in battle:
- The back, with a blade used like a normal sword.
- The hook, used to slash, trip opponents, and catch unfriendly weapons.
- The hilt, whose end may be sharpened to a dagger-like point.
- The guard, a cresent-shaped piece used for both blocking and slashing
- And the link. Because hook swords are often wielded in pairs, they can be linked with a short chain that allows the user to swing one sword, causing the extension to be out as far as six feet.
In Mortal Kombat
Hook swords are the signature weapons of both Kabal and Mavado. The weapons these two use are actually the same pair, as these ancient weapons were a favorite of Kabal's, and have a long history in the Black Dragon criminal organization before the Red Dragon clan's leader Mavado took Kabal's hook swords as a trophy after defeating him between the events of Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Kabal later recovered them shortly before the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception. Both Kabal and Mavado use hook swords in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon; presumably, Mavado acquired a set of his own.
|Low Reverse Blow||Down, B||Down, Square||Down, X|
|Downward Hook Strike||Y||Triangle||Y|
|Twin Overhead Strike||Back, Y||Back, Triangle||Back, Y|
|One Hook Sweep||Down, Y||Down, Triange||Down, Y|
|Low High 2 Hit||A||X||A|
|Twin Overhead Slam||Back, A||Back, X||Back, A|
|Scissors Swipe||Down, A||Down, X||Down, A|
|Stepping Chest Strike||X||Circle||B|
|Upward Cross Strike||Down, X||Down, Circle||Down, B|
|Dual Hook Strike||Forward, X||Forward, Circle||Forward, B|
|Sidestep Swing||Z||R1||Black Button|
|Kabal's Torment||X, X, Y||Circle, Circle, Triangle||B, B, Y|
|Strentgh and Balance||X, X, Back, A||Circle, Circle, Back, X||B, B, Back, B|
|Hook N Bash||X, X, Back, Y||Circle, Circle, Back, Triangle||B, B, Back, Y|
|Blazing Fury||Y, X, X, Y||Triangle, Circle, Circle, Triangle||Y, B, B, Y|
|Brutal Revenge||Y, X, X, Back, A||Triangle, Circle, Circle, Back, X||Y, B, B, Back, A|
|Kabal's Return||Y, X, X, Back, Y||Triangle, Circle, Circle, Back, Triangle||Y, B, B, Back, Y|
|Twisting Hook||Up, Square||Up, X|
|Shoulder Rip||Back, Square||Back, X|
|Low Reverse Blow||Down, Square||Down, X|
|Twin Overhead Strike||Back, Triangle||Back, Y|
|Chin Neck Slice||Up, Triangle||Up, Y|
|One Hook Sweep||Down, Triangle||Down, Y|
|Leg Hooks||Up, X||Up, A|
|Leg Tripper||Back, X||Back, A|
|Scissors Swipe||Down, X||Down, A|
|Double Axe Kick||Circle||B|
|Upward Cross Strike||Down, Circle||Down, B|
|Shin Strike||Back, Circle||Back, B|
|Razor Down||Square, Square||X, X|
|Strength and Balance||Square, Square, Triangle||X, X, Y|
|Furious Edges||Triangle, Square||Y, X|
|Blazing Fury||Triangle, Square, Circle||Y, X, B|
|Unholy Strength||Square, Square, Circle||X, X, B|
|Hooksword Pain||Square, Square, Circle, L1||X, X, B, L|
|Shady Blows||Square, Square, Back, Square||X, X, Back, X|
|Low Reverse Blow|
|Twin Overhead Strike|
|Chin and Neck Slice|
|One Hook Sweep|
|Double Axe Kick|
|Upward Cross Strike|
|Strength and Balance|
|Disciple of Doom|