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    Developing Explosive Entry Footwork

    There's a shuffle step. You lift lead foot slightly and push off/shuffle rear foot (like sliding hockey puck with rear foot) forward to gain short but meaningful distance. It's traditionally done as part of the shuffle-kick but can be used to clear lead hand distance quickly to setup for closer...
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    Taking some time off the forum

    Hey guys, thank you all for motivating me to get back in my flow and Kung fu. That said, I’ve realized that a good deal of why I engage on the forum comes from a need for validation and I’ve learned I can only get that from myself. For now, to help me grow, I’m going to take some time off...
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    So strange. I definitely tend to break out extension from rotation from step for educational purposes so maybe that’s where you’re not seeing it. Also, keep in mind we likely study different versions of Wing Chun so we may just have different takes on what that punch should look like. Why don’t...
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Not new to me but weird to hear that. What body method aren't you seeing?
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    When the kata is applied to self defense

    I think forms can be incredibly beneficial for improvisational application. They behave a lot like patterns and scales do for jazz musicians who practice really small abstract transitions that make no sense without the context of their backup. I mean, they still practice their sheet music...
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Ack, that sucks. Hope it’s healing/has healed alright for you.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Sounds awful, must have sucked. Bare knuckle?
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    How often do you stretch?

    Had a funny talk about stretching yesterday talking with my Sifu. The funny thing being that if you stretch every day you’re good but you get to a point where if you don’t for a few days, even just that slight difference in flexibility feels awful. That rang true to me for sure. I’ve always...
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    Kung Fu family visit

    Wanted to share my journey in a thread. Doing an east coast tour that started in Norwalk, CT staying at my Sifu’s home. He’s always so generous with what he shares and it’s an incredible feeling to experience his chi sao. The more I practice, the better I get, the more blown away I am by him. He...
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    Who Did Yip Man Learn Stuff From?

    I’m grateful to this thread for keeping this discussion off of other threads.
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    When the kata is applied to self defense

    Not me but our forms do have recovery aspects.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    I haven’t heard that term before but is that a deal breaker for you? Really don’t put much stock in lineage but have learned a lot from the system I study, have a lot more to learn and practice, and have a lot of respect for my instructors. They’ve also always said that what we study is...
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    How often do you stretch?

    I try to stretch every day. Jumping jacks and a little jump rope, or a quick mile on the treadmill always helps me warm up. I put my heel up on an elevated surface about 5 feet off the ground to stretch my hamstrings and rotate the hip over to open up my hips (Muay Thai trainer taught me this...
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Although I’ll say I’ve seen Cheung lineage stuff and it seems pretty different from what I’ve practice. SiGung really did modify the hell out of the art and took what he liked from both teachers.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    I also take my coffee black.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    I misunderstood first lol.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    I studied/study under Sifu John Wahnish, he studied with SiGung Philip Holder, he studied under William Cheung and Moy Yat but left both to start his school (Ying Gi Ga WC) in the states back in the 80s. Excited to see them both next week.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Realize you didn’t ask if I trained other arts before WC but if I’ve trained other arts. I’ve received instruction in boxing and Dutch Muay Thai subsequently. That’s in part where the connection came from. I haven’t practiced rising in any of them (sinking slightly come to think of it)...
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Wing Chun was my first :) That said, I think we practice different versions of Wing Chun.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Cool, interesting observations. Not why I punch with the elbow down, but good to see other people’s thoughts. The point I mean to make here is that by starting with the wing chun punch, you learn a fundamental component of many other jabs and can pickup a large number of different styles...
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Totally appreciate trade-offs. The point I’m trying to make is that direct application benefits of the punch aside, it’s also a helpful learning device for applying other elements. In terms of cracking the elbow, isn’t a vertical fist also susceptible with upward and downward force?
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    A few additional thoughts/examples.
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    Wing Chun Punch (foundational vs boundary)

    Sharing a few thoughts on educational benefits of Wing Chun punching outside of the direct benefits it offers. In addition to being effective in terms of mobility, incorporating deflection, and generating decent power, the punch is also an excellent teaching instrument for beginners looking to...
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    Sacha Baron Cohen Self-defense Lessons

    Really interesting. Even when one party knows the other doesn't actually have authority like the famous Stanford prison experiment. There's a fairly well-known scientific principle that addresses this: Argument from authority If we adopted something like this, would it make teaching more...
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    Sacha Baron Cohen Self-defense Lessons

    The absurdity is one thing, but the willingness of students/consumers to buy in to them is incredible.
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    Sacha Baron Cohen Self-defense Lessons

    Makes me wonder if there's a fake lesson we can teach on our own to see who goes along and who calls BS.
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    Sacha Baron Cohen Self-defense Lessons

    Ah, don’t mean to start anything. But it’s objectively pretty nuts that these videos were possible.
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    Sacha Baron Cohen Self-defense Lessons

    You’ve probably seen his coverage and may even have watched his videos. Sacha Baron Cohen has been disguising himself as Israeli ex-military and offering fake self defense to political figures. So far he’s gotten his students to scream the n-word, chase him with their bare butts, bite onto his...
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    Another MT Play Date

    These are giant cats. I love big ones, they behave like dogs lol. I’m allergic to them but nothing a preemptive Zyrtec can’t fix.
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    Another MT Play Date

    24lbs? That’s like, a prehistoric cat.
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