Review – Samuel Kwok – Six and a Half Point Pole

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.

Comments on Production:

Kwok - Six and a Half Point PoleThe production style presented by Grandmaster Kwok’s, is basic and straightforward in the demonstration of the Long pole sequence. There isn’t anything flashy regarding his demonstration or in the explanation of technique. It soundly emphasizes the basics.

Review Comments:

While Grandmaster Kwok demonstrates the form, one can easily see, how he generates power in his movements. This is the essence of weapons training, which is more than swinging a heavy object with brute force. One aspect, which is difficult to observe in the pole form while executing technique, is that one also feels with the pole, as the enemy is engaged, thus the pole should be regarded as an extension of one’s body. Attempting, to carry a 9 foot long pole, as a weapon nowadays, is impractical. But excellent for the training and execution of Wing Chun applications. Grandmaster Kwok, expertly demonstrates this fact, toward the end of his training video.

Review Specifications:
Reviewer: George Hernandez
Presentation Title: Six and a Half Point Pole, “Lok Dem Boon Quan”
Presenters: Grandmaster Samuel Kwok
Date: 5/15/2015

Technical Specifications:
Language: English
Format: DVD or Digital Download
DVD Format: NTSC Region 0
Resolution (download only): 720p
Running Time: 33 Minutes

Ratings (1-5 scale):
Sound Quality: 5
Video Quality: 5
Total Production Score: 10

Subject/Instruction Rating
Subject matter: 5
Instruction Quality: 5
Total Subject/Instruction Rating: 10

Reviewers Rating: 5
Total Score: 25/25 = 100%

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