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Wing Chun basics

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A look at some of the most important basic principles in Wing Chun..


A Wing Chun martial artist cannot be limited to mechanical training. Learning how to sense your opponents energy will allow you to defend your opponent and most importantly feel an when an opening is available to counter-attack and do so in the most efficient manor possible.

Sensitivity is also vitally important when fighting a bigger, stronger opponent. You'd be foolish to try and fight someone stronger and bigger with just brute strength, however, sensing their energy and movement will allow you to manipulate their mechanics and body weight and use it against them.

Rhythm and Timing

An experienced understanding and sense of timing can be the difference between winning and losing a fight. Being skilled in sensing and controlling timing will allow you to :


Speed plays a vital role in everything you do. Physically and mentally.

Physical speed will determine how quickly you can move across the ground, how fast you can punch or kick and how quickly you can evade an opponents attack.

Mental speed will determine how fast you react to an opponent, how quickly you take advantage of an opening and how fast you can crush an opponent once they make a mistake.


Control your position and you'll control your partner

Position is very important in Wing Chun. It's a pretty generic term so let me elaborate. By controlling your position you will always be in a comfortable situation to attack, defend or evade your opponent. No matter how good you are - you will have to do at least one of these three in a fight - and you don't always get to choose which.

If your opponent angles off to their right, you must angle off to your right to keep a control of your position. Failing to match his movement will allow him to strike you from the side leaving you vulnerable to attack and off balance.

If your opponent starts swinging barbarian style you must intercept him, monitor his tools and fight in his fighting measure or evade his attacks by angling off or stepping backswords - controlling your position at all times - never get caught up in an adrenaline fueled brawl as this will cause you to lose your position and possibly your teeth.


We often talk about technique, technique and technique. However, many people forget about other variables such as strength. It is true that technique equals power but so does strength. Therefore, strength is an extremely important asset to add to your skill set. Both technique and strength go hand in hand and will make you a better martial artist. Don't mistake the hype of technique and ignore or even disregarded strength as a powerful skill.

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