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Wednesday, 06 June 2007
Liang Manzhi talks about Liu Dian Ban Pole(six—and –a Hali)
    Liu Dian Ban Pole, a type of Dan Tou Pole (single-head Pole), is a weapon that belongs to Wing Chun school with a length of 7 chi and 2 cun (about 240 cm, i.e. 8 ft.). The Pole contains fairly rich fighting meaning, particularly fierce in terms of killing power. Why is it called "Liu Dian Ban" (Six Points and a Half)? As Master Peng Nan's oral explanation, while playing the Pole, the three moves forward and the next three backward amount to six points, and the Xian Yang Ma stance forms the last move, this is half a point, so it is altogether six points and a half. In practice, Liu Dian Ban Pole fully reveals the characteristic, the words of syllable "三三不尽,六六无穷” in Chinese means that "Three and three is endless, six and six, limitless", while "Three" and "six" have special connotation in Chinese culture. The threes refer to the steps, ahead and back, the sixes refer to the previous steps and in each step the six directions that the Pole tip points to The six are: forward, backward, leftward, rightward, downward and upward. Corresponding to the directions, the six movements are, sha (blocking), ge (cutting), qian (pushing), tan (flipping), ding (tacking), tiao (stirring up). In order to best release the strength, the practitioner must meet the requirement of "六和",  that means six parts of coordination, your wrist coordinates with your ankles, elbows with knees, shoulders with hips. As long as a Wing Chun practitioner achieves"六和” he can make the most out of his own strength to make an effective attack.
      Liu Dian Ban Pole is started with Qian Yang Ma. One should be standing with the width between the legs equal to that of the shoulders keeping his feet firm on the ground. Standing uptight, tightening the buttocks, withdrawing the jaw and relax the chest while concentrating Qi around Dan Tian, you should hold the Pole on both ends in a Yin Yang pose, the left hand on the far side with the palm upward, the tight hand on the other side with the palm downward. Keeping the distance between your hands as wide as your own shoulders, you should lift the Pole to a height parallel to the shoulder, make your elbows and your ribs about 10 cm's apart. The first move "sha"(blocking) is acted by focusing on the Pole tip at the front, you are to fight off the opponent' s weapon and at the same time, the left foot steps half a pace forward. The second move " ge "(cutting) is made to protect yourself from the weapon attacked behind, with the fight foot advancing half a step, shuffle the feet out to Xian Yang Ma. In the other six moves, the practitioner must keep the same stance. The third move "qian" (pushing) is acted by you standing still, poking the important parts of the opponent's body. The fourth move "tan"(flipping) means to throw away the attacker's weapon. The fifth, "ding" (tacking) is acted by leading all your strength to the tip of Pole and pointing at and hitting your opponent. The sixth move "tiao"(stirring up) is acted by raising the Pole up, attacking the opponent's hand in the forefront. Exercising the six moves to and fro for at least three times creates the first half of Liu Dian Ban Pole. In the second half, the six moves are, in order," ge" "sha" "qian",   "tan", "ding" and "tiao" The uses are very much the same except for a little difference in footwork. To be exact, in the first move, the left foot steps half a pace backward. Also, the foot makes the same movement in the second move. And then, stand in Xian Yang Ma. Repeat the above six moves three times, that is the second half. As for the "half-a-point", the practitioner only needs to pose Xian Yang Ma and follow the movement sequence in the first half. This routine plus the two "three points" makes a whole circle of Liu Dian Ban Pole, marked by six directions externally, and six force points internally. With no flowery movements, it is aimed for practical use on a philosophic basis.


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