Weapon Forms

Luk Dim Boon Guan (Six-and-a-Half Point Pole) “六点半棍

This is the first of the two weapon forms in the Wing Tsun system and its name translates into the Six-and-a-Half Point Pole. This name reflects the 6 and a half techniques that make up this short form. The pole itself is approximately 8-9 feet long. As such, it has to be performed in the wide quadrilateral horse stance.
 
When performing the techniques in this form, one should focus attention and energy on the tip of the pole and to coordinate the movements of the pole with one’s footwork. Apart from the form, an important part of mastering the Luk Dim Poon Guan is the practice of Chi Guan (Sticky Pole) “黐棍”. This involves 2 practitioners circling the tips of their guan; each practitioner is seeking to master the centreline, deflect/redirect incoming attacks and borrow incoming energy to make attacks.
 
This form teaches the student to occupy, control and recover the centerline as well as to generate power in one’s techniques. These benefits from practicing the guan translate into the mastery and refinement of one’s empty-hand techniques.
 

Baat Jum Dao (Eight slashing Knives or Butterfly Swords) 八斩刀”

This second weapon form is also the final form of the Wing Tsun system. Learning this form marks the completion of the system and in some families it is only taught to those whom the master considers worthy of inheriting the system. Its name translates into Eight Slashing Knives and it is also commonly referred to as the Butterfly Swords. The “Eight” refers to the 8 parts of the form. It is also said that it refers to how the diagonal slashing motions of the knives resemble the Chinese character eight “”.
 
This form teaches the student advanced footwork, to generate energy from the joints, to focus power on the tip and edge of the knife and trains the wrist and grip. The movements are designed to stop weapon and empty-hand attacks coming from different levels and each attack in the form is a killing move.
 
The techniques in this form resemble those from the empty-hand forms and the concepts and benefits imparted also translate into the mastery and refinement of one’s empty-hand techniques.