Discussion in 'Wing Chun' started by geezer, Jun 13, 2017.
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Traditional Wing Chun. The basic idea is this. Yes structure is important, DAMN important, as a tool to train BUT the human body is a wonderful thing. As an example, you dont need to have the perfect man sau/wu sau to protect your center. The hands can be clenched, or half open etc. The point is to have your hands and arms in the correct orientation to protect your center. I don't want to lean at my waist into my opponent, begging him to take my head off, but if I move my head out of the way of a strike that I did not intercept, that's okay. I want to use footwork to maintain a proper structure but the purpose of that structure is to maintain my center/balance. That is something you feel. You can not dictate what an opponent will do, you can simply deal with what happens. If you become trapped in the idea of maintaining a perfect stance the unexpected will bite you in the ***. (btw this, sadly, comes from real experience in real fights on the street for too many years, luckily this month signals only 5 more to go).
In short its about adhering to the principles and not getting trapped in the dogma.
Your mind is your most dangerous tool.
Following up on the groin kick thing. A lot of the teaching I've seen specifically around groin kicks assumes they are fight-enders, and so doesn't include defensive cover in case the technique fails or is ineffective. I saw a video just yesterday of a guy sneaking in a quick groin kick on a police officer, and getting KTFO in response. One groin kick, one quick grunt and a punch in rapid reply. Game over.
Your training almost certainly includes assuming the kick might not remove the guy from the fight.
"The old one, two." Pretty common. Maybe the only thing more common is a jab.
If I'm in there, it's either a mistake, or because I saw an opening to grapple (to stop them hitting me). Don't like it in there, not a bit.
I think that's common in a lot of TMA. There's an approach to developing principles that uses specific stances and such, which are exaggerations (IMO) of the principles. They're meant for development, not for fighting - you transition to using those principles (but not the teaching modes) in a fight.
I think he meant both are available, whereas when blocking only the one is.
This guy is great...and hilarious.
^^^^ He is one of Lyte Burly's teachers (52 Blocks guy).
I didn’t know that. What be says about WC and martial arts in general makes a lot of sense to me.
Idiots are dangerous.
I resemble that remark!
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