My favorite (this week) is the Chinese broadsword, a.k.a. darn dao. I go through phases, but I usually come back to this swift, graceful and effective weapon. I like the katana for sheer beauty and elegance, but I still prefer the feel of the dao. In a self-defense situation, there is no weapon I would rather have than a pair of sticks. Even though I am mainly a kung-fu practitioner and have a relatively small amount of arnis training, I am more comfortable with sticks than any other weapon. Finally, my third weapon of choice is the three-sectional staff. This is a highly versatile weapon which can be used close-in or at long range. If I had to face a group of attackers, this is the weapon I would want in my hands (assuming an uzi was out of the question).