Luk Dim Poon Kwan, by Moy Yat
A Ving Tsun practitioner always seeks a complete knowledge of the style. For the first two years or so, the student builds a foundation by learning the three forms, Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu, and Bil Jee. Then, to refine the hand positions and make the techniques more precise, one studies the wooden dummy (Muk Yan Jong). Also, Chi Sao is practiced during this period, introducing many new techniques as well as improving sensitivity and balance. As this training continues, the student practices often and begins to enjoy a relaxed mastery of the basic forms and exercises, hoping to advance further and ultimately, to learn everything about the Ving Tsun system.
This desire increases as the student continues playing the forms and the wooden dummy resulting in the forms, techniques and exercises becoming easier to perform. As we refine our kung-fu, we develop sensitivity and relaxation which are the beginnings of what is often called inner power. To enhance this quality, the practice of Sil Nim Tao must be given further attention. However, the concept of inner power and its relationship to the amount of kung-fu one has, are general concepts.
At some point a student will ask, "how do I make my punch stronger?" The only way is to practice a technique called Biu Kwan (thrusting pole). But Biu Kwan is not a supplementary exercise, which exists only for this ulterior purpose. Instead, it is part of a four-phase study of the Ving Tsun weapon known as Luk Dim Poon Kwan (6 1/2 points pole). Luk Dim Poon Kwan, like other elements of Ving Tsun, needs to be studied completely and for its own sake, not as a means to some other end. Since every serious student of Ving Tsun will want to obtain this complete understanding of the Luk Dim Poon Kwan, I have written this book as a guide.
No one officially appointed me to write this book, and in fact, I have waited many years for someone else to provide this knowledge for the Ving Tsun students; however, no one has come forward. Although knowledge of the Luk Dim Poon Kwan probably exists in some quarters, I feel it is necessary to share my knowledge in order to communicate it to the Ving Tsun family.
I write this book not to prove others incorrect, and not to raise myself up as an authority on this topic. On the contrary, I am only one step ahead of you on the Ving Tsun road. If this book helps you, the credit is yours, because only you, who have trained hard and well, are ready to fully benefit from this book. Again, I have waited a long time hoping that someone with adequate knowledge and the necessary material resources would provide you with the book you deserve. Now I offer you this book without a golden cover, confident that you will recognize and profit from the treasures that are contained with the binder.
text excerpted from an unpublished manuscript, by Moy Yat, circa 1984. Portions of the manuscript, including the above text, were later incorporated into the book, Luk Dim Poon Kwan, by Moy Yat. Published by Winner Sports, Brooklyn, NY 2000.
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