Like any martial art (or any subject in fact) there’s a lot of good, bad and damn-right ugly on the internet. When it comes to Wing Chun sparring, trapping and elbow techniques you’ll find a lot of footage where everyone is 100% out of range.
Thinking back over the years it’s only now I realize how painful the experience of NOT finding the right range is. It’s the same for boxing, thai-boxing — any martial art where you want to emulate a fight, or fight.
When you don’t find the right range you half-ass it — your punches are short, your elbows launched from too far away — and while the sparring, trapping and elbow strikes feel good. Ultimately you end up cheating yourself and taking on bad habits.
Elbows are my real nightmare as you’ll see time and time again people looking for to land their Wing Chun elbows (because they hurt) but always out of range.
This is definitely one of the better clips.
Master James Sinclair spars (or plays) with Bob Sykes of Martial Arts Illustrated. Watch how Master James Sinclair is always in range, his shots find their target and his elbows REAL close. Better still he controls Bob Sykes head as he elbows – even better!
Finally, as Bob pushes forward watch Master James Sinclair’s footwork. How he moves back and keeps space between the two of them which means a) he doesn’t have to grapple which is an area we’re not so strong at and b) means he can continue to hit and potentially hurt Bob.
A cool clip that also shows how just ‘playing’ is useful, that you don’t have to all-out fight, get injured and hurt EVERY session. Another mistake super-keen students make. If you’re training daily and you get injured you can train and you can fight.
Leave a comment below to let you know your thoughts on Wing Chun Sparring, Trapping and Elbow Strikes!
This is going to get me some negative comments… sure you can offer your opinion but please be constructive!
Yet another Wing Chun fighter gets smashed in an MMA fight. No surprises there.
Bizarrely enough I’ve just back from a Muay Thai stand up session where we were chatting Mixed Martial Arts with the emphasis being on MIXED martial arts. Back in the day — think Royce Gracie in his GI — you’d see style a) versus style b) but the sport has evolved.
It dawned on open-minded, practical thinking martial artists that you had to draw the best from numerous styles to compete and win in the cage, hexagon or ring (if that’s where you fight).
This poor dude has no idea but credit where credit is due — he had the boll** to get in there and learn the hard way. Hopefully he now knows if he wants to compete in the Mixed Martial Arts he needs to train at an MMA school or at least start to diversify and learn to grapple.
I don’t want to get drawn into a big phat argument over which style is the best and the PURPOSE of your training (ie. for self-defence, to compete or for the sheer enjoyment) but IMHO watching this video there are some very obvious faux-pas.
Many stand up styles have stances too narrow for MMA and need to go wider to deal with take-down attempts where as this dude just stands there in a neutral position like a gun fighter waiting to draw.
It’s pretty obvious the other figher is into his grappling which highlights the stance issue above even more!
The Wing Chun guy stands for the best part of 2 minutes with his guard up (looking pretty odd) and that screams inexperience in the cage or a ring to me.
Then charges in with a crazy attack — remember Mixed Martial Arts are a sport — and ring/cage craft coupled with testing your opponent are part ‘n parcel. Getting a feel for your opponent and testing his strengths and weaknesses.
FINALLY — the Wing Chun student has ZERO grappling skills. No defense to the take-down and no idea what to do on the ground (other than give up his back).
A big phat ZERO for Wing Chun today.
I like Wing Chun, I think it’s a practical martial art great for self-defence. It has a wide array of great attacks for self-defence and it’s philosophies are perfect for street fighting BUT…
… if you’re going to fight MMA then remember it’s called MIXED martial arts for a reason!
I agree with this guy:
Any Wing Chun trainers out there, listen to me. I trained Wing Chun hard and loved it – it is a fantastic art with the right instructor – a lot of fun and great for self defence. But you cannot beat an MMA fighter without some knowledge of other arts. As for this guy’s instructor – what an idiot! This is 2011 with 2/3 UFC events every month – he was always gonna get owned.