Luk Dim Bun Gwan
Luk Dim Bun Gwan (六點半棍) means 6.5 Longpole and is the weapon form of the Tang Family. Tang Bun learned the complete set from a monk of the Fei Loi Temple, close to the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, in the south of China. He relayed it to Tang Zau. Tang Syun learned the form in the following years from Tang Zau and Tang Pok and was well known as the King of Longpole in the province of Guangdong later, as such as his son Tang Yik who was known as the King of Longpole in Hong Kong.
In an interview in the New Martial Hero Magazine Jip Man explained, that the martial art of the butterfly knifes origins from the Loeng Zaan Wing Chun, when the longpole origins from Siu Lam. He meant the Siu Lam Wing Chun. Jip Man occasionally was visiting Dai Dak Lan, a poultry shop on the poultry market of Yau Ma Tei (a district of Hong Kong). There, on the upper floor, the so called 4 Tigers of Wing Chun met and discussed. Tang Yik was teaching the longpole martial art there to his personal students. Later about 1/8 of the longpole set was introduced into the today's Jip Man Wing Chun particularly. Also others, more traditional branches of Wing Chun, practice the Luk Dim Bun Gwan.
Sifu Michael Tang, grandnephew of Tang Yik, released the video for publishing in January 2013, which shows Tang Yik while practicing the complete longpole set. Sifu Michael Tang is Zung Si (宗師, Master of the lineage) of the Tang Family. That means, he carries the heritage of the Tang Family into the future.
The Ming Pao Magazine Beijing started a series about the Kung Fu Masters of Hong Kong in February 2013 and the first article was about Tang Yik, the King of Longpole. There the video was published, which you can see here.
The Longpole Dummy is a practicing tool within the Tang Family, that helps to exercise foot work, whole body strength, angle and direction. The following video shows Kwong Chak Cheung, student of Tang Yik, while practicing the longpole dummy set of the Tang Family.
Luk Dim Bun Gwan in Berlin
As a student of Sifu Michel Tang, Sifu Peter Scholz learned the whole longpole set and this is what we practice here in Berlin nowadays.
Luk Dim Bun Gwan - Opinions of a Longpole
From another perspective we recorded a video of the longpole set.
luk6 dim2 bun3 gwan3 is the standardized form of the Roman transcription according to Jyutping Cantonese.
Further notations: Luk Dim Bun Kwun, Luk Dim Bun Guan, Luuk Dim Buun Kwun, Luuk Dim Boon Kwun, Look Dim Boon Kwun
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