Section 5: Weapons of Wing Chun

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Lundge your leading leg outward as you thrust the pole forward as if spearing your opponent.
  3. 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.
  4. Then move your end of the pole downward such that the tip of the pole moves upward.
  5. 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.
  6. 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-SAOFor 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-SAOSimilarly, 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$):0-650-condor-tactical-belt-black_explanation provided
  • 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:
    1. 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 overIf 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.
    2. 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!!!
    3. 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:

WING CHUN, VING TSUN, MARTIAL ARTS, KUNG FU, WANG CHUN, WENG CHUN, BONG SAO, TAUN SAO, PAK SAO, FUK SAO, FOK SAO, LAP SAO, HUEN SAO, GAUN SAO, STICKY HANDS, BAAT CHAM DO, BUTTERFLY SWORDS, 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole, Luk Dim Boon Kwun, STAFF, SAI LIM TAO, CHAM KIU, BIU JI, BIU JEE, MAK YAN JONG, WOODEN DUMMY, IP MAN, TRADITIONAL WING CHUN, YIM WING CHUN, NG MUI, KUNG FU HISTORY, SELF HELP, PSYCHOSOCIAL, HOLISTIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDITAION, TAI CHI, QIGONG, IP MAN, BRUCE LEE.
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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Form 4: Muk Yan Jong ~ (Wooden Dummy Form)

Muk Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy) Wing Chun Form: [-HERE-]:

Muk Yan Jong Portable Dummy and Stationary Dummy:

WING CHUN, VING TSUN, MARTIAL ARTS, KUNG FU, WANG CHUN, WENG CHUN, BONG SAO, TAUN SAO, PAK SAO, FUK SAO, FOK SAO, LAP SAO, HUEN SAO, GAUN SAO, STICKY HANDS, BAAT CHAM DO, BUTTERFLY SWORDS, 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole, Luk Dim Boon Kwun, STAFF, SAI LIM TAO, CHAM KIU, BIU JI, BIU JEE, MAK YAN JONG, WOODEN DUMMY, IP MAN, TRADITIONAL WING CHUN, YIM WING CHUN, NG MUI, KUNG FU HISTORY, SELF HELP, PSYCHOSOCIAL, HOLISTIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDITAION, TAI CHI, QIGONG, IP MAN, BRUCE LEE.
WING CHUN, VING TSUN, MARTIAL ARTS, KUNG FU, WANG CHUN, WENG CHUN, BONG SAO, TAUN SAO, PAK SAO, FUK SAO, FOK SAO, LAP SAO, HUEN SAO, GAUN SAO, STICKY HANDS, BAAT CHAM DO, BUTTERFLY SWORDS, 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole, Luk Dim Boon Kwun, STAFF, SAI LIM TAO, CHAM KIU, BIU JI, BIU JEE, MAK YAN JONG, WOODEN DUMMY, IP MAN, TRADITIONAL WING CHUN, YIM WING CHUN, NG MUI, KUNG FU HISTORY, SELF HELP, PSYCHOSOCIAL, HOLISTIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDITAION, TAI CHI, QIGONG, IP MAN, BRUCE LEE.

 

 

 

 

WING CHUN, VING TSUN, MARTIAL ARTS, KUNG FU, WANG CHUN, WENG CHUN, BONG SAO, TAUN SAO, PAK SAO, FUK SAO, FOK SAO, LAP SAO, HUEN SAO, GAUN SAO, STICKY HANDS, BAAT CHAM DO, BUTTERFLY SWORDS, 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole, Luk Dim Boon Kwun, STAFF, SAI LIM TAO, CHAM KIU, BIU JI, BIU JEE, MAK YAN JONG, WOODEN DUMMY, IP MAN, TRADITIONAL WING CHUN, YIM WING CHUN, NG MUI, KUNG FU HISTORY, SELF HELP, PSYCHOSOCIAL, HOLISTIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDITAION, TAI CHI, QIGONG, IP MAN, BRUCE LEE.
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Muk Yan Jong uses a wooden dummy with simulated arms and a leg to combine all of the previous Wing Chun forms into one form which teaches the student to move around the wooden dummy as water moves gracefully around any obstacle.  It serves as an intermediate between the first three “hand” forms and the experience of competing against an actual live opponent.  This photograph is of actor and Martial Artist, Donnie Yen, in his role as the Grand Master, Ip Man.

 

 

 

Here is Ip Chun demonstrating Muk Yan Jong:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my interpretation of the Muk Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy) form in VERY SLOW MOTION with step-by-step explanations, then at the end of the video is the whole form again at regular speed:

 

 

 

Here is me demonstrating the Muk Yan Jong form on an Attachmate© which is wrapped around a standard punching bag that hangs from the ceiling, but the bag is stabilized at the bottom of the bag to make sure that the bag does not swing or swivel too much:

Form 3: Biu Tze [Jee] ~ (Thrusting Fingers)

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Biu Tze is the last of the three forms that are taught without the use of a wooden dummy.  It is sometimes referred to as an “emergencyform because it involves a lot of eye thrusts (gouging) and in some cases testicular attacks.  It also demonstrates how to break out of choke holds and other neck holds.

 

Here is Ip Chun demonstrating traditional Biu Tze:

 

Me demonstrating traditional Biu Tze:

 

My OWN Interpretation of Biu Tze is combined with the Dragon-Snake style of Eight Animal Kung Fu, and since Biu Tze is sometimes referred to as an “emergencyform, I included an “MMA Mount Escape” (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) for an emergency situation when someone has pinned you to the floor and is “jack-hammering (punching) your face (This is when your opponent has “mounted” you and is therefore called the “Mount Position“), and how to “somersault” backwards when someone “bull-rushes” you to knock you down in an attempt to pin you.  Note There are other ways to deal with someone “bull-rushing” you such as dropping an elbow down hard upon the center of the opponent’s skull thereby causing a cervical fracture (lethal), dropping your elbow down between his shoulder blades (scapula) which is a lot less lethal but very painful, or kicking the opponent in whichever part of the opponent’s body is most opportune.  You can also “tripod” outward such that your upper body is leaning toward your opponent who has grabbed you down low on your body such as your waist or legs while you spread your feet out wide in the opposite direction (away from your opponent), but this tends to precipitate a wrestling match which is probably NOT a situation that you want to put yourself in.  Here is my OWN “Dragon-Snake” interpretation of Biu Tze:

Form 2: Cham [Chum] Kiu ~ (Bridging the Gap)

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WING CHUN, VING TSUN, MARTIAL ARTS, KUNG FU, WANG CHUN, WENG CHUN, BONG SAO, TAUN SAO, PAK SAO, FUK SAO, FOK SAO, LAP SAO, HUEN SAO, GAUN SAO, STICKY HANDS, BAAT CHAM DO, BUTTERFLY SWORDS, 6 1/2 Point Dragon Pole, Luk Dim Boon Kwun, STAFF, SAI LIM TAO, CHAM KIU, BIU JI, BIU JEE, MAK YAN JONG, WOODEN DUMMY, IP MAN, TRADITIONAL WING CHUN, YIM WING CHUN, NG MUI, KUNG FU HISTORY, SELF HELP, PSYCHOSOCIAL, HOLISTIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, MEDITAION, TAI CHI, QIGONG, IP MAN, BRUCE LEE.
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Cham Kiu is the form that teaches you how to “close the gap” between you and your opponent by moving toward your opponent.  Wing Chun is a form of close-range contact fighting, so the goal is to get as close to your opponent as possible.  By doing so, your opponent will not be able to see what your planned attack is, however, you will also not be able to see what your opponent’s planned attack is, so you need to develop an intuitive perception of when, where, and how you will be attacked, and simultaneously you must instinctively react with a combination of a block and a counterattack which ideally occur at the very same time.  “Sticky Hands” (Sticky Hands Drill on YouTube) & “Sticky Feet” practical drills will help you develop this intuition and instinctive response. Cham Kiu emphasizes kicking your opponent’s leading leg (knee) while stepping toward your opponent (called the “Stop-Kick”) and blocking any upper body attacks with a block called the “Bong-Sau (Bong-Sao Drills).  To see an example of this “Stop-Kick” view this video which is also found at STOP-KICK:

 

Here is a video of Ip Chun performing traditional Cham Kiu:

 

 

Here is me demonstrating traditional Cham Kiu:

 

 

In my OWN interpretation of Cham Kiu I emphasize kicking your opponent’s leading knee, then stepping in with a Bong-Sao to protect your upper body from an attack; this would be an opportune time to counterattack with fist-strikes to your opponent’s head or whichever part of your opponent’s upper body is available for attack.

Here is my OWN interpretation of Cham Kiu:

Form 1: Sai Nim [Lim] Tao ~(Little Idea)

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Sai Nim Tao is a form that helps one become centered physically and emotionally as well as cognitively.  When practicing this form one should practice in front of a mirror focusing one’s eyes on one’s own solar plexus, which is just below the chest in the center where the diaphragm can be accessed by a forceful strike.  By focusing on this particular point of an opponent you are able to discern the movement of the entire body If your opponent is going to punch you with his right hand, his right shoulder can be seen moving toward you in your peripheral vision.  Likewise, if your opponent is going to kick you with his left leg and foot the left hip can be seen moving toward you in your peripheral vision.  Sai Nim Tao places the student into a meditative state of mindfulness which prepares the student for the other forms or for competition.

 

 

Here is a video of Ip Chun performing traditional Sai Nim Tao:

 

 

 

Here is me demonstrating traditional Sai Lim Tao:

 

 

My OWN interpretation of Sai Nim Tao only has a couple of differences from Traditional Sai Nim Tao #1.  Instead of performing a Huen-Sao in which you roll your wrist and hand upward and TOWARD your body to (theoretically) redirect a punch, I roll my wrist the opposite direction so that if someone has grabbed and “locked” my wrist after I implemented a punch or other strike, I roll my wrist and hand upward and AWAY from my body until my hand is in the position of holding a teacup, then I spill the teacup (an Eight Animal Kung Fu concept) thereby not only breaking my opponent’s grasp on my wrist, but actually reversing the situation so that now I have hold of my opponent’s wrist#2.  I added the Pak-Sao blocks to the form because these blocks (along with Fak-Sao blocks) are probably the best default blocking method to use in Wing Chun due to the universal (varied) applications of these blocks.

Here is me performing my OWN interpretation of Sai Nim Tao:

Bruce Lee’s Philosophy of Martial Art

According to Bruce Lee, one of Ip Man’s students, Martial Arts is an expression of oneself through movement.  Therefore the way that the practitioner moves should not be a robotic set of movements which are crystallized, but rather, these movements should be as water which assumes whatever form is necessary for the environmental conditions the water finds itself in.  “If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup . . . now water can flow or it can crash!  Be water, my friend.”

For this reason I encourage students to allow their forms and style of competitive fighting to evolve.  Please watch this video of Bruce Lee:

 

 

 

Additional viewing / listening about Bruce Lee:

[Bruce Lee’s One Inch Punch on YouTube]

 

 

“I am Bruce Lee” ~ This is a conglomeration of specific parts of Bruce Lee’s Interview on the Pierre Berton Show in 1971, set to the back drop of “Rap beat – |Carried by Wind| Oriental Chinese Japanese Asian Hip-Hop Instrumental Music” found on YouTube [HERE]:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest:

Sincerely with honor,

Disciple Dragon Snake

Dìzǐ Lóng Shé

弟子龙蛇

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