Wing Chun: Mystery of the Half Point

Wing Chun Luk Dim Bun Gwan - Six and Half Point Long Pole“Six and Half Point Long Pole” (Luk dim bun gwan  六點半桿) is one of the most famous weapon techniques of Souther Chinese martial arts. It is practiced both in “old Wing Cheun ” and  modern (Fatsaan) Wing Cheun. “Six and Half Point” is part of our Lam Sai Wing’s Hung Ga Kyun curriculum as well. Grand Master Lam Jou writtes:

“My uncle, Lam Sai Wing, added six and half pole techniques to this. The six and half pole techniques were famous among the Chinese opera groups. These techniques originated from the Siulam monastery and then spread among the Chinese opera groups.”

The left-handed techniques  of Luk Dim Bun Gwan were added to the middle of the “Fifth Brother’s Eight Diagram Long Pole (Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan) set, where the pole is held with the right hand forward. “Six and Half Point Long Pole” is the first weapon we currently teach in our school of Chinese boxing and fencing – simple, but not easy.

I have always wondered, why the hell “six and HALF“? During the years i have received many different answers – some of them made sense, most of did not. Visiting Holland this year,  i have asked my good friend, sihingdai and teacher, Master Wong and got a simple, straightforward answer. Mr. Wong told me:

“Well, there are actually seven techniques in Luk Dim Bun Gwan of course. But number seven was in the circles of Chinese secret societies a taboo number because of the treachery of Ma Lingyi, a layman student of Southern Siulam Temple. Brother Ma, also called A Chat (Number Seven), seventh best fighter of the Siulam temple, was expelled from the temple and has later told the Ching army about the secret passages to the temple. Siulam monks were betrayed and the temple was burnt to the ground, at least as the legend goes. That is the reason why the set is called Six and Half Point Long Pole, not Seven Point Long Pole.”

Interesting, isn’t it? What is your story? What is your half point? Add your commentary below!

Check out some old Luk Dim Bun Gwan videos as well, performed by Grand Master Dang Yik and Grand Master Yip Man.

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