Pressure

Pressure

One of the key aspects of Wing Chun and its relatives is pressure. When dealing with an attack, Boxers and much of MMA and sport related arts focus on defending the strike. Block or catch the punch while holding your ground. The idea is so straightforward it is rarely questioned.…

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Not Magic

Not Magic

Wing Chun, or any martial art, is not magic. All martial arts are based on science. More specifically, the physics of leverage and force. No martial art employs a physical law uniquely. That is to say, there is no martial art that uses some rule of leverage and force that…

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Mother, Jing Ma

Mother, Jing Ma

Jing Ma is the first stance you learn in Wing Chun. Siu Lim Tao is performed entirely in Jing Ma. Jing Ma is sometimes called “The Goat Riding Stance”, but it is always considered “The Mother Stance”. Mother is the source of all good things. Mother provides sustenance, balance, and…

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Drill and Play

Drill and Play

Nothing short of an actual fight is fighting. When you train, you are playing with thousands of tiny segments. Do not confuse the drills, nor your training, with the fight itself. You are preparing for a fight, but you never, ever actually fight as you train. Sometimes, especially with longer…

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Tai Chi Vs MMA

Tai Chi vs MMA

You have probably seen it, or heard about it – the short-lived match between Lei Lei, the Tai Chi “thunder style” master and Xu Yao Dong, an MMA fighter. Xu Yao Dong declared traditional martial arts styles to be useless and ineffective, and thus precipitated the match up. That concern…

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