Traditional weapons of Wing Chun consist of:
Butterfly Swords / Baat Cham Dao:
Baat Cham Do / Butterfly Swords Form:
Baat Cham Do Teaching & Practice:
[Taken from the movie called “The Final Master” starring Fan Liao, Jia Song, & Wenli Jiang. It is the BEST Baat Cham Do TRAINING example that I have seen on the internet so far, but of course it was coreographed. The YouTube video of it can be found here: Baat Cham Do Tutoring & Practice]
6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole Form / Luk Dim Boon Kwun:
Luk Dim Boon Kwun / 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole Form:
I am unable to find a clearly coreographed and recorded video of someone demonstrarting the entire Luk Boon Kwun form, however I do notice the following pattern being repeated:
- Stand in a side-ways position with your feet such that one foot, your leading foot, is out in front and the raer foot is toward your backside. Grasp the pole such that your leading hand is positioned (holding the pole) with the palmar side of your hand facing yourself, and the other hand grasps the pole such that the palmer side of the hand is facing away from you and your wrist is bent such that the palmer side of the hand faces upward.
- Lundge your leading leg outward as you thrust the pole forward as if spearing your opponent.
- Retract such that your leading foot comes back to its original position and lower the pole to your leading leg’s thigh which serves as a pivot-point for the pole, then move your end of the pole upward such that the tip of the pole goes downward.
- Then move your end of the pole downward such that the tip of the pole moves upward.
- Then bring the tip of the pole downward again but this time create a half circle with the tip of the pole as if to sweep someone’s feet so that the person falls.
- Start the sequence over from a different standing position.
The Wing Chun Single Fighting Cane Form & The Wing Chun Double Fighting Cane Form:
- Since Butterfly Swords and the Dragon Cane are antiquated weapons which are no longer legal or practical to carry around with one, and sense I am teaching “PROGRESSIVE” Wing Chun, I practice two weapon forms which use Martial Arts Fighting Canes that are made of VERY SOLID, HEAVY STEEL, but are still PERFECTLY LEGAL to carry around on one’s hips for use as “walking canes.”
- Both of these Wing Chun Fighting Cane Forms are in perfect keeping with the close-range attack principles of traditional Wing Chun and therefore seem to be a much more logical fit than the SIXTEEN FOOT, “6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole” (Luk Dim Boon Kwun).
- Your weapon MUST become an extention of your own body:
- You should practice your cane forms adnosium and participate in full contact sparing (with protective gear on and only using practice weapons – NOT real weapons) against opponents who use a highly diverse amount of weapons and styles of figting against you to the point that the cane (weapon) becomes a natural extension of your own body and is used in a very similar manner as the related parts of your body. If you ever desire to become a TRUE master of your selected form of martial arts; you must learn through REAL application, not just “drills” against people who are using the same fighting technique as you are using. As Bruce Lee stated, “Be water, my friend” because water can immediately adapt to any environmental set of circumstances that lay along the water’s path. So too, YOU MUST be able to adapt your Wing Chun to a never ending variety of fighters with vastly different fighting backgrounds. For example, would you use the same approach / technique when fighting against a boxer as you would when fighting against an expert in Krav Maga? How about for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor? How about for a 6th degree black belt in Karate who is nearly seven feet tall and weighs 300 pounds of solid muscle? Also, ensuring that you spar or “friendly-fight” against an infinitely and increasingly diverse variety of fighters from drastically different backgrounds rather than just “sparing” which is a beginner’s step toward “full-contact” physical competition.
- With regards to your weapon becoming an extension of your body:
- BONG-SAO: For example, a bong-sao is usually performed such that your elbow is bent about 160 degrees while the elbow-to-shoulder line is aimed at your opponent’s head, with the elbow being higher than your hand. Likewise, when you are holding a cane, the handle of the cane now serves as your elbow such that the handle of the cane is raised upward, pointing toward your opponent’s head and the angle between the cane and your completely extended arm is approximately 160 degrees thus forming a bong-sao with your arm and the cane.
- TAUN-SAO: Similarly, when you perform a taun-sao while holding a cane, your hand holding the handle of the cane becomes your elbow which leads outward to the cane that is raised upward and outward with an angle between your cane and your fully extended arm being approximately 160 degrees.
- Simply stated, when you are holding a weapon such as a cane, the principle of the blocking / striking position is the same, but the extremity is elongated creating a new pivot point.
[Ideal Fighting Canes]
- Believe it or not, the very best fighting canes one can possibly buy do not come from a martial arts store of any kind. The best fighting cane is actually the “Nova Bariatric Aluminum Cane with Strap in Black” from Walgreen’s pharmacy [CLICK HERE TO SEE].
- I recommend using electrical tape to create a ball-shaped “holding position.” During some sets you will hold the cane ¹ below the “ball,” in other sets you will hold the “ball” ² directly / itself,” and in sets such as those which require flipping and rotating the canes in your hands, you will need to hold the cane immediately ³ above the ball-shaped “holding position.” This brings up an important point: The ball-shaped “holding position” needs to be placed on the cane such that you can balance (WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE FROM YOUR OTHER HAND) the cane on one finger right AT the ball-shaped “holding position.”
- To carry your canes on your waist / hip, I recommend the “Condor Tactical Belt“ from www.amazon.com, search words: “Condor Tactical Belt ” or just click on the link just provided. It comes with two “side holders“ (or “loops“) that will fit your fighting cane perfectly, especially after you put the ball on each cane as I explained in the previous paragraph. Here is a picture of the Condor Tactical Belt (which only costs around 14$):
- Not only is the (bariatric) cane the single most versatil and practical weapon that you can carry with you in this highly litegious and legal climate (in the USA and other countries), but I encourage you, when walking anywhere, to use one of the canes to walk with, and if you can limp on that one side = all the better! Why do I say this? The cane (especially when being used to walk) gives everyone the perception that you are handicapped, and therefore you are not of any harm. It is important that you dress, behave, and carry yourself as though you are injured and know NOTHING about any kind of Martial Arts for a number of reasons:
- No one is likely to give you any crap about carrying the canes in your belt if it appears that they are a medical necessity: If a police officer questions you about the canes, you always have the option of explaining that you are presribed a blood pressure medicine such as propranolol which causes orthostatic hypotension (a significant drop in blood pressure upon standing up that results in dizzyness or results in a state of unconsciousness) for the first hour after you take the medication and also throughout parts of the day if you forget to drink enough water, “So, you see officer, that without my cane I might get dizzy and fall over. If I drop my cane and have to bring myself to the floor to pick my cane back up I can use my other spare cane to help me bend down far enough to pick up the cane that I dropped.“
- When someone tries to bully you, rob you, or has any other malintent toward you they will most likely NEVER expect to be “knocked upside the head” by a ten-twelve pound bariatric cane. To explain further, lets consider a knife as a weapon: The knife is traditionally held in a sheath. The sheath is traditionally placed under one’s clothing. Why was / is this so? It is this way because you don’t want your potential opponent/s (perpetrators) to know what you are carrying in the way of weapons so that they will be completely unprepaired to guard themselves once they commence to physically harrassing you, bullying you, or trying to steal your money. Due to your debilitated appearance (because of your canes being noticable as a tool for a physically handicapped person) the offender/s also will completely understimate your ability to protect yourself which again leaves the offender/s – perpetrators unprepared and gives YOU an OVERPOWERING ADVANTAGE!!!
- Yes, of COURSE I know that a fighting cane is NO match for a gun of any kind, but the fighting cane is the most all-around useful weapon to go up against hand knives (a cane has a much farther reach than a hand knife), baseball bats, and lead pipes that many people carry in their cars or on their persons.
Nova Bariatric Aluminum Cane with Strap in Black:
The Wing Chun Single Fighting Cane Form:
The Wing Chun Double Fighting Cane Form:
The Baat Cham Do – Inspired Portion of the Double Fighting Canes: