The Ultimate Qwan Din Long Pole (Luk Dim Boon Quan)
There is no ETA on these poles coming back into stock. We have been unable to find true qwan din on the market for some time now - so they could be out of stock for a long time.
For real Wing Chun practitioners this is a dream pole! You should order this pole immediately if you want one, they are very rare and never last long once in stock! On average, less than 40 a year are available.
Qwan Dim (Quan Dim) is a heavy dense wood that is commonly used in making oars, like the long oars in the sampan, and it can be put into water permanently and will not rot. They are also heavy and flexible (imagine the long oars rowing against water constantly).
According to Wing Chun legends, the martial art was partially updated during the time its practitioners were part of the Red Boat Operas. This is the period of time in which the long pole was added as a weapon into the Wing Chun system. Considering these boats used long poles made from Qwan Dim to help with their movement and navigation, we believe this is the wood of the original Wing Chun Lum Dim Boon Kwan (Six and a Half Point Pole, Dragon Pole, or Long pole).
This pole is approximately 9 feet and is slightly tapered. You can't find such a tapered pole anywhere else in the world. Technically, the poles should be longer than this - up to 15 feet according to Yip Man - but due to the scarcity of the wood and current UPS, FedEx, DHL, and USPS shipping regulations, we can only make and ship foot poles that are under 108 inches.
When we first starting carrying these poles, we smashed them repeatedly on concrete floors to verify that they do not break. (We'd never recommend abusing your pole needlessly like we did, especially if you want it to last a long time). Many poles on the market today snap upon impact (especially at these lengths) and can be very dangerous to training partners and yourself. You should never have this problem with your pole.
The 9 foot poles normally weigh-in at 5-6 lbs. Tip is 1" Base varies from 1 1/4 inch to 1 3/4 inch. As the poles are hand made from limited wood sources the length does vary from about 106-108 inches.
Poles should be stored vertically (do not lean your pole against a wall or let it lie flat or it could warp).
Qwan Din turns from a medium brown color to a dark color fairly quickly. This is normal and you can see the change happening in the pictures. This effect is quickened by the oils in your hands when you use the pole.
A Tip from Buick: "For Qwan Din long poles, the protection layer of lacquer is to protect the surface, upon receiving of the pole, the user if he cares about the pole, he can use sand paper to sand off the existing layer of lacquer, and use RAW pork fat - NOT LARD, but raw fat cut up from pork chop, and rub it on the naked wood surface, this will give ultimate protection to the long pole, and a very smooth grip feeling. We can't possibly do it from here because we have to ship them from country to country."
Note on Availability: Qwan Din is a very hard wood to obtain for long poles and currently there are no good sources of wood available. As soon as the trees grow and mature we'll be able to offer these poles again, but that may take a while! So if the poles are available and you want one order it right away!
Wood is not indestructible. Poles will always break if hit hard enough.
"Smash Training" is (basically speaking) where you are slamming the tip of the pole into the ground as hard as you can - usually in an attempt to hit something (walnuts, coins, chalk, etc) It is a form of training accuracy and power that some lineages perform. Of course, such training quite often breaks poles. We test all of our poles for smash training to see how easily they break. In order for us to recommend a pole for smash training we have determined that it needs to be very strong (have a high Janka rating usually), but still with some flexibility so it does not snap, and it needs to be a little thicker than the typical pole. That extra thickness makes a huge difference. For the test we simply smash the pole 20 times into the ground with as much force as possible - rotating it slightly with each hit so any structural weakness are tested...
Suitability: This pole is a normal thickness, so it is not thick enough (we recommend 1/2 inch thicker poles all the way around) for this training. It is okay for form work, partner pole work, work with swords, exercises, etc. We tested these poles for smash training and they did not break. Still, due to the normal thickness we do not recommend them for that purpose. Overall these our our favorite poles. They are great for precision hitting, are heavy, flexible, and hold up well in hard application.