The 4 most famous southern weapon forms with the long single-ended pole (Daan Tau Gwan) are “Six and Half Point Long Pole” (Luk dim bun gwan), “The Flowing Water Long Pole” (Lau Seui Gwan), the “Left-Handed Fisherman´s Long Pole (Jo Sau Diu Yu Gwan) and the “Fifth Son Eight Trigrams Long Pole” (Ng Long Baat Gwa Gwan).
“The Left-Handed Chinese Opera Six and Half Point Long Pole” (Jo Sau Baan Jung Luk Dim Bun Gwan) is, together with “Geui Chung’s Big Circling Moon Double Knives” (Geui Chung Daai Hang Yut Seung Dou) and the “Arrow Palm” (Jin Jeung), considered the “Orthodox Siulam” (Siulam Jing Jung) heritage of the Lam family.
“Six and Half Point Long Pole” comes from the circle of “Red Junks of the Chinese Opera” (Hung Syun Hei Baan), where the Venerable Ji Sin (Ji Sin Sim Si), the last abbot of the Southern Chinese Siulam temple, hid from his Ching pursuers. Ji Sin is tied to the “Six and Half Point Long Pole” in most Southern Chinese legends, for example Wingcheun; if you compare the long pole techniques of Hung Kyun and Wingcheun, it is more than likely that they share common roots. Continue reading