Wing Chun Techniques for Effective Self Defence!
Wing Chun is a traditional Chinese self-defence and Martial Art that originated from a civil war period marking the transition from Ming to Qing dynasties. It utilizes both grappling and striking while at the same time focusing in close-range combat.
According to many Wing Chun practitioners, those who practice the Martial Art should seek to develop a good body structure which should be more like a bamboo which is rooted but yielding, firm but also flexible. This kind of structure is designed to either redirect or deflect external forces for one to win. A Wing Chun student should therefore seek to learn not only how to combat and be defensive but also how best to be balanced and relaxed. Wing Chun is considered to be one of the best attack & defence Martial Art and is as effective as others like Krav Maga, Boxing, Kung Fu and Jiujitsu.
Wing Chun Technical Structure
Wing Chun techniques normally have a solid, forward concentration. These include defensive, trapping and blocking and normally seek to jam or trap the opponent’s limbs so as to create or maintain an opening for attacks. The Martial Art physical structures are distinctive and rely largely on proper alignment of bones as opposed to muscular strength alone. The techniques are combined with stable forward motions which make them exceedingly helpful in self-defence during a fight.
Synchronized Offense and Defence
Wing Chun gives great emphasis to simultaneous interceptions of offense and defence. Every block is accompanied by a simultaneous strike. Students training in the Martial Art normally learn how to use strikes to deflect any incoming attack and this is done by cutting the line from which the attacks are coming. Wing Chun stands out in that solid technical structures, constant offense and forward pressure combine harmoniously to create a remarkable base.
Wing Chun Techniques
When training in Wing Chun, students are normally taught to use and master different techniques for striking against their opponents. These include:
- Hand strikes – This involves punch, backfist or hammer, chop, and finger jab.
- Blocks and Traps – Pull or Jerk (Lop Sao), smack or press (Pak Sao), High Outward Block (Biu Sao), Bong Sao, Low Outward Block (Gaun Sao) and Center Bock, Palm Up (Tan Sao).
- Kicks – Side kick, round kick and straight kick. These normally focus on the lower part of the opponents body with the aim of breaking their legs, knocking them off-balance, or bringing opponents down on their knees.
A Wing Chun style can use prearranged patterns (solo forms) as the primary practice method. This is common in many styles but forms are not included in all Wing Chun lineages or styles. However, Yip Man line which is the most well-known style uses solo forms. There are many benefits associated with both partner and solo training. Although there are some videos online to learn some basic practical skills, but it is always important to train under a qualified master to learn the correct steps and avoid unnecessary injuries.