The Luk Dim Boon Kwan (“Six-and-a-Half Point Pole”) has evolved from being a once guarded and revered level of learning the Wing Chun system, to a form of reward for one’s dedication, knowledge, and evolved skill sets alongside the Baat Jaam Do.
Moy Yat’s family opens their personal film vaults to present to the practitioner/audience the late Sifu Moy Yat himself demonstrating and explaining the what, why and how of the Kwan’s relevance to overall training. The production of this series of videos was to, “help the younger generations to better understand Wing Chun—not (originally) intended for distribution,” with their posthumous release. Sourced from the original private recordings and enhanced for the Moy Yat lineage practitioners and beyond to enjoy.
Sifu Moy Yat sits casually across from one of his devotees prefacing the history of the weapon as well as theorizing how the distinct training device has become part of the Wing Chun curriculum before taking matters, literally, into his own hands. Wielding the apparatus, he continues to define the specifics of dimensions, hand placements, stances, and their respective native Cantonese terminologies. Consistent with his reputation as a scholar of the system, Sifu Moy Yat leaves no aspect of what is required to support thorough training of the Kwan uncharted.
With the aforementioned items setting up starting points, the production follows the fundamental building and conditioning drills to develop proficient play of the Kwan. Getting on the Horse and working the Jin Choi (“Arrow Punching”) with diligent repetition over a period of time, “you can do Biu Kwan,” proficiently. Commitment to consistency of performance bookends every aspect covered before a practitioner can evolve to the form, partner drills and applications.
Pairing the theoretical with the fundamental, Sifu Moy Yat clearly explains the meaning of, and association to the respective actions played, the significance of each of the Six-and-a-Half Points. Each move narrates the assisting student’s play of the techniques before personally taking the wooden reins as a rare moment caught in time to witness one of Ip Man’s students performing this once “closed-door” weapon in this video installment. Jong Kwan, Bo Jong, Taan Kwun, Biu Kwan, Huen Kwan, Fook Kwan and the nondescript “half-point” are individually played in parallel to their sequence of introduction in the form.
Now that all of the concepts, structures, and mechanics are in cohesive motion, we are treated to a point-by-point breakdown of the Luk Dim Boon Kwan form performed by the late Master himself. He and his family bestow upon all passionate Wing Chun enthusiasts an abundance of information to take your overall skills and understanding to the next stage of evolution from their personal archives. Six-and-a-Half Points in 44 minutes in one video totaling an exponential amount of information whose content can be referenced and unlocked over a lifetime. A heritage piece for a heritage-training device.
Moy Yat – Luk Dim Boon Kwan
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Running Time: Approx. 42 min.
Format: Digital download
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Review by: Dwight Hennings