Thoughts on the Wing Chun tools
PUNCHING – it is essential to understand
the mechanism of power generation, to know your engines
and to learn how to use them.
The initial power goes through the legs, from the ground
to the hip. From there is transmitted through the upper body
on the arm and extra whipping power is added
when the elbow and wrist work together.
In the beginning you learn how to use ”the small engine”,
which is the elbow. Later on, after you learn how to use
the hips and to use the ground for ”borrowing” power,
you start to be able to make all the engines work together.
While it’s a bad idea to fully extend the arm
while punching in the air (risk of injury), it is very important
to learn to extend it while hitting a target,
because this is what will teach you how to throw the energy.
Stopping the arms too soon or stiffling it
will work as a brake on the flow of energy.
BONG SAO – has five important attributes:
it never stays, it redirects – but doesn’t blocks,
it’s relaxed – but not limp, it’s firm – but not strong.
Bong Sao is said to be the best technique of the style
– and also the worst!
FOOK SAO – always keep the elbow in,
because if the elbow points out, you offer a free line of attack.
STEPPING – the whole body should start moving
at the same time. Keep your knees bent; don’t lean forward.
Place the heels first when you step (for rooting)
and always keep atleast one heel touching the ground.
Maintain your structure and body unity while stepping.
If the opponent pulls you, the whole body must go forward;
if he pushes you, the whole body must go backwards;
if he steps in, you need a strong stance, so always
keep the same distance between your legs;
if you’re stepping in, make sure you can take control
over his hands, or else you might step into his fists.
KICKING – don’t move your upper body
and don’t raise the heel of the supporting leg while kicking.
The power in kicking comes also from the ground,
through the heel. If you raise the heel you can increase
reach in detriment of power.
Every time you kick, your balance is decreasing,
so use the opponent for balance while kicking
whenever possible (his arms, basically).
Just like the hand techniques, the kicks are not committed.
If a kick misses, turn it into a step or into another kick.