First Strike

First Strke

There is the thought that the one who throws the first punch usually wins. This is supported with the cliché, ‘Better to be charged by 12 than carried by 6’. In the case of extremes, that would be true. However, there is a very large grey area. Is the offensive…

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Position

Position

In the study of Wing Chun, the first form you are exposed to is Siu Lim Tau / Siu Nim Tao. One of the primary concerns of the form is position. Position defines structure. This idea holds true in all martial arts. The quality and effectiveness of a boxer’s jab…

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Touch Over Time

Touch Over Time

Timing may not be as critical in a fight as many believe it to be. Sparring and ring matches are consensual and devised to last for a period. In many ways, the rules are engineered to help prolong the contest. There is the occasional first punch knockout. However, cage and…

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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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