"Dao" is actually a name for the generic Chinese broadsword,(there are many kinds of daos, i.e kwan dao, dadao,and pudao)which is one of the most powerful of all kung fu weapons.
The dao is used in many types of Kung Fu (such as Bagua, Hung Gar, Tai Chi, and Monkey) because of its versatility- it can be effective at long, mid, or short range, and some forms involve use of two daos. It is considered one of the four basic weapons,along with the staff,spear, and straightsword, and has earned the name "The Marshal of all Weapons."
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