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Review – Randy Williams – Look Deem Boon Gwun – Vol 1

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Instruction on the long pole is presented in a two volume set. Volume 1 covers details related to the poles dimensions, how long it should be and how the pole is held, etc. And how one should use the long pole, as a method in strength training and skill development. Pole footwork is demonstrated from different stance positions, (Ma Bow and Cat Stance) and how one should move the long pole, while changing direction from side to side. A number of basic drills are presented for further preparation and development, followed up with a breakdown of the pole sequential movements. Then a complete demonstration of the Look Deem Boon Gwun Long Pole form is given. The last section of this video presents, a brief description of the 6 ½ striking method of attack and defense followed with a detailed, step by step description of techniques, as they are applied in a pole vs pole combat situation Read Full Post

Review – Randy Williams – Look Deem Boon Gwun – Vol 2

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The second volume of this series demonstrates auxiliary training methods with the Long Pole, for strength development and the execution of technique. The wooden dummy is introduced with extension poles from the upper two arms of the Mook Jong, so the practitioner may properly execute pole’s basic techniques. Two man drills are employed as partner practice simulating situations where techniques can be implemented. Practicing two man drills is essential for honing movement and application against an actual person. These drills are demonstrated in moving the pole from high to low positions, executed from different stances. An overview of the Look Deem Boon form is presented, in an outside setting with performances of Randy Williams and his assistant Mario Lopez. The video concludes demonstrating basic applications of the pole versus the Butterfly Knives. Read Full Post

Review – Samuel Kwok – Six and a Half Point Pole

Quick Summary:

Grandmaster Kwok, begins his training video with brief comments about the original of the Long Pole and basic information about the poles dimensions. Instruction starts with showing how the Ma Bow posture with basic punches (empty hand) contributes to effective pole techniques (Bil Ma- thrusting action). The proper way to measure and placing one’s handson the pole and how to move in a forward direction while executing the Bil Ma technique. This twisting action of the pole, is akin to how a bullet turns, as it moves down the barrel of a gun. The Lok Dem Boon Quan form is shown from front and side views. Basic techniques are demonstrated in solo form and with a partner showing the proper movement from two basic stance positions while changing one’s position from side to side. Fundamental training exercises are given to assiststudents in their preparation for the long pole sequence. Using the pole properly in basic training will students’ ability to punch with power. Grandmaster Kwok, also demonstrates empty hand techniques showing how to defend against a person’s punching attacks and when someone is attempting to attack with a stick or club. Various, Chin Na or joint lock techniques are also demonstrated showing how to disable an aggressors attacks. Empty hand and kicking techniques are combined showing their application in combat situations. Read Full Post

Buick Yip Chow Wood Poles

"Chow" Wood is a good quality wood for long poles, as it is strong and straight. These poles are nearly identical to the Qwan Din wood poles, except they are a bit less oily. In order for the poles to be made straight and not warp, the wood needs to be dry, and dry wood is more prone to crack or splinter under heavy impact. However, if you take care of your pole and do not beat it unnecessarily hard, it will last you a long time. Read Full Post

Long Pole Woods and Other Considerations

When getting a Wing Chun Long Pole (aka the Dragon Pole), there are a few factors to consider. Here are our quick thoughts on things to consider when purchasing a long pole.

  1. Type of Wood
    1. Using it for air and pole work or smash training?
    2. Strength vs flexibility
  2. Thickness and Taper of Pole
  3. Length and Weight
    1. for strength/conditioning training
    2. for precision training Read Full Post

Review of Pole Woods for Smash Training

I had some customers a while back that wanted to use poles for smash training. With this type of training you are smashing the tip of the pole into various objects on the floor very hard and often. (Remember the scene from Warriors Two where they are smashing walnuts?  It is the non-theatrical version of this training).  It is one of the most intense uses of the long pole.

Around that time I had about 20 different poles in my garage, so I was able to fully test these poles for flexibility and strength. This is what I found and how I tested. Read Full Post