Sifu Benny Meng gets a handle on the iconic Luk Dim Boon Kwan (“Six-and-a-Half Point Pole”) wielding his knowledge and skill sets with the device from Basic Concepts, Basic Movements, (Form) Sequence, and Concepts in exploring and unleashing the weapon’s resources that develop ones practice further. This is a concise volume spanning 43 minutes runtime, making its points accurately and directly.
The coveted and revered weapons of the Wing Chun system are often a conscious, and subconscious, benchmark that one has attained a level of proficiency with their practice that they’ve been extended the privilege to learn the first weapon of two, the Luk Dim Boon Kwan, the lumbering training implement that heightens one’s practice and conditioning to new lengths either alone or with the support of a training partner to practise the variety of drills and applications. Sifus Taner and Graziano cover the “six-and-a-half points”, and more, in this well-produced, modern production that has a 100-minute runtime with 1080p resolution.
Arguably, the most concise and scaled down of the weapons is the Wing Chun Dragon Pole and its form of Lok Dim Boon Gwan, which translates to, “six-and-a-half-point pole”, but translates further to multiple points of concepts, practice, drilling and application.
Sifu Sam Chan serves his offering of the efficient long weapon of the system in just as concise a video instalment, with a 23-minute scripted runtime, from his school, with narration to guide the viewing audience through each point made.
We were pleased to discover that not only were our exclusive Buick Yip swords used at the opening of Ip Man 3 and given to Mike Tyson, but Bruce Bao’s longpoles were also used in that demo!
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
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.
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.