Wing Chun Long Pole
Ip Man, also known as Yip Man and Kip Kai-Man; Ip Man was born to a wealthy family in China in 1893
The Mystery Of Wing Chun Long Pole
The Wing Chun long pole which is also known as the 6/12 point pole, Dragon Pole or Luk Dim Boon Kwan is often regarded as one of the first weapons to be ever learned. As an historic weapon, the Wing Chun long has always been in high demand. However, there have been shortages in supply of quality long poles that are correctly made from the original wood. These poles are employed as defensive weapons aimed at developing unarmed power generation.
A practitioner can only begin to handle the Wing Chun long pole when he or she has mastered the concept-based Chinese martial art technique of Wing Chun and has fully understood it as a form of self-defense that goes along with the grappling and striking skills especially when participating in a close-range combat.
A tapered wooden pole, Wing Chun long pole, ranges from 8 – 13 fts in length. Referred to as Six and a Half Point Pole by some branches, Wing Chun long pole derived its name (6/12 point pole) from the 7 principles of Luk Dim Boon Gwun (Ian-to expand, Tai-uprooting, wan-circle, dim-shock, got-cut down, kit-deflect, and lau-flowing) which are regularly employed during an unarmed combat. The last principle which is known as the flowing counting or Lau is counted as half a point.
Grandmaster Yip Man is often credited as the master who brought the Wing Chun long pole to a wider audience, himelf being highly skilled in its practice. As a respected weapon that is used in the kung fu style of Wing Chun, Wing Chun pole is highly respected by many fighters of Kung fu. Due to the difference in diameter of one end of the pole to the other end (the head) which is even thicker, the Wing Chun long pole has been nicknamed the ‘tat-tail pole.’ The creativity involved in creating the Wing Chun long pole is amazing. The typical pole is a creation of an ironwood work aka teak that is worked out of pure dexterity to possess a smooth surface.
Possessing only 7 essential techniques, this Wing Chun weapon has proven to be very precise, simple and elegant with a rather compact form sequence which as always demonstrated the efficient nature of the Wing Chun martial art. The techniques involved in handling the long pole are based on a number of major theories which enable the practitioner to effectively correct and reorganize his or her own movements as soon as it is fully understood.
It can be important to note that there have been several misconstrued forms of long pole however, the late Grandmaster Yip Man is the only person who has practiced and mastered the essential sequence of pole fighting as an authentic long pole form and has passed it down to several generations. These include his seven basic movements which are flip, spear, cover, sweep, sideward flick and the half fence.
When Ip Man moved to Hong Kong several years after, he taught friends and relatives as well as some students including Bruce Lee. Even after his death, Ip Man Wing Chun is still being taught to many martial arts students.
In 2008, a Hong Kong film starring Donnie Yen called Ip Man was released in cinemas. The movie was based on the life of Ip Man. Many artifacts of Ip Man’s life and history of the art of Ip Man Wing Chun had been left behind when he died. Many of his followers and martial arts fans visit the Foshan Ancestral Temple’s Yip Man Tong museum to view these.
Decades after his death, indeed, the legacy lives on with Ip Man Wing Chun.
To learn wing chun or to learn self-defense, one can go to The Middle Kingdom Traditional Kung Fu School in China, where full time all inclusive kung fu training is given to students of all levels.
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