牛郎棍 Niulang or Cow herder Staff.

July 18, 2009

Another reason why stick fighting has continually enthralled me and for that I have to take you back to my childhood days ……….. again…….. I promise to KISS. (keep it short and sweet).

As a young kid growing up in Singapore in the 60s, there is really nothing much to do after school; TV was black/white monotonous programs and pun is really intended here, no shopping malls except for neighborhood groceries shops and if you are not a budding Jamie Oliver or Anthony Bourdain, you really want to keep away from those.

Listening to the village storyteller when the sun sets, believe it or not, is something you look forward to.

With a kerosene lamp and an old tattered cover wuxia novel in hand, the storyteller takes you into a world that makes you forget you got to get up early the next morning and attend school after a 30 mins walk cutting through jungle track at some points.

And drifting wuxia heroes come in all shades and forms and the most vivid for me must be the one who fights with nothing more than a stick.

Against all the other sharp edged metallic weapons, the hero with just a stick must be superiorly skilled to win and that imagery has remained with me till this day.

Ya Ya, I know, I got to grow up ……

But then again, these days when I pop into one of those high-tech game arcades that are sprouting up in every neighborhood, what do I see?

Wuxia games and stick fighting all over the place.

This is really “changing the soup but keeping to the same medicine”.

Now that I am, more or less, the “storyteller” I just want to ensure that we don’t keep losing the little things that make us what we are.

Lose enough and you become a nobody!

Here’s another style that is coming out of the woods in recent time and well-known for their stick fighting prowess.

Niu Lang or Cow herder  Sect – a style that started some 300 – 400 hundred years ago.

niu lang stick_Page_001

niu lang stick_Page_316

牛郎棍 Niulang staff (13 fists length) incorporates techniques of shorter weapons (e.g. swords) while retaining functionality of the long poles and spears. Grandmaster Xiao Mingkui is the 13th generation successor to the 300-year old family tradition. He is also a senior indoor disciple of the Chen Style Taiji adept Hong Jusheng, having studied with him for 25 years. He teaches in Rushan, Shantung province.
牛郎棍集刀、枪、剑、戟、鞭等击法为一体。其套路招势严密,刚劲有力,节奏分明,连贯 通达,灵活多变,以快、奇、巧制胜。其主要棍法有:挑、劈、架、戳、扫、格、撩、攉、 点、刺、绞、夺、舞、压、柠、拨等十六种。并具有器械制做简单,携带方便.
萧明魁先生四岁时入南庙山随雪云大师习武;八岁随父萧和恭及亲友习祖传”牛郎门”拳械 、八卦掌、太祖长拳等,后随族祖父萧云龙习螳螂拳;七十年代初拜太极拳名家洪均生先生 习太极拳,为入室弟子。是”牛郎门”第十三代唯一继承人.其名字已列入《中国民间武术 家名典》、《中国百业领导英才大典》、《中国武术人名大辞典》。他整理奉献的祖传”牛 郎棍”,亦被列入《中国武术大辞典》,属国家重点挖掘整理和保护的优秀拳种之一。

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: