6/19/2013 2:29pm, #1
Hung Gar Eight Diagram Pole Demonstration 洪拳- (五郎八卦棍) By Sifu Leo Au Yeung
This is Sifu Leo Au Yeung (Wing Chun fight choreographer for the "Ip Man" movies) in a neat demo video of the ng lung ba gwa gwan (五郎八卦棍), the Hung Ga 5th Brother's 8 Trigram Pole.
Of particular note is the footwork, which has a 1000 year old reputation for delivering deadly power with the long staff.
The form dates as far back as the Song dynasty (960 -1279 AD), when General Yang Wu lang, the 5th son of General Yang Ye, retired from the military and became a monk, devoting his monastic practice to adapting spear techniques to the staff.
(If the music sounds familiar, it's the theme to "Vikings".)
Here is my si gong doing the traditional Tang Fong version:
Gordon Liu played a slightly fictionalized Yang Wu Lang in the Shaw Brother's classic "8 Diagram Pole Fighter"
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6/19/2013 3:11pm, #2
6/19/2013 3:31pm, #3
Are the chinese staffs normally so flexible? The Japanese rokushaku bo I've handled were very stiff and not so flexible looking.Falling for Judo since 1980
6/19/2013 3:40pm, #4
It may not be obvious from videos but a special staff is usually used for this form. The staff is tapered and thinner at the tip and generally that end is used for striking, as opposed to most "double end" long staff forms, like the ones associated with Shaolin.
The single ended pole is really trained and used like a wooden spear as well as a staff.
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6/19/2013 4:48pm, #5
A traditional Chinese waxwood staff, though, is definitely more flexible than a rokushaku bo of kashi or something.
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6/19/2013 9:29pm, #6
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Another perspective: I'm also told by my Sifu that especially flexible weapons are for great for show - it looks nice during demos and performances and you can sort of see the energy transfer from the footwork to the tool in your hand.
6/20/2013 7:33am, #7
Flexible can also help strengthen grip and wrists since it requires greater control due to feedback.
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