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Explosive Wing Chun Training

For the past two months I’ve been working with the Bulgarian Bag twice a week for more explosive Wing Chun.

Over the years I’ve always focused on intense cardio conditioning.  Trying to make sure I was always in the best physical condition to outlast my opponents.  When I started doing BJJ a couple of years ago my sparring partners picked up on my conditioning.  I was the one who never gave up.

But what has always been missing (… and deep down I knew this) was a strength aspect.

Reluctant to give up on my intense conditioning I’ve been using the Bulgarian Bag for the past two months.

This isn’t the routine I’ve been doing but it’s a nice short clip demonstrating the bag in action.

With the bag I’ve been doing a lot more single leg strength.  And now I’m starting to reap the benefits.

When you stop and think… so much of what we do relies on single leg strength.

Off the top of your head you think ‘kicking’ but what about the power coming from the support leg?

What about the power coming from your support leg as you knee?

What about the power coming from your rear leg as you push forward and drive through your opponent?

Single leg strength is important.  But it’s more than just single leg strength.  It’s being explosive with it.

Flying forward with commitment, speed and control.

Now that I’ve been doing my Bulgarian Bag work for two months, I fully intend to keep it up and make it a regular feature of my training.

Now I need to add some explosive training to my upper body work too.

Last month I picked up a copy of Scott Sonnon’s Tacfit 26 and I’ve only just had time to start going through it.

While I was checking out the videos the other night I noticed his single arm medicine ball slams and they’re really cool.  I’ve just been looking on YouTube to see if I could find an example but they were all very different.

His version of single arm, medicine ball slams (… a slam ball that doesn’t bounce would be better) as wicked.  They’re a really good way to add explosive power to your punches while keeping the movements very, very Wing Chun specific.

In a nutshell you assume your stance…

Then you bend forward somewhere between 45 and 90 at the hips…

Then (with your back hand) you fire the medicine ball into the floor just by your front foot…

It’s almost identical to punching, the arm mechanics, the foot positioning and the hip movements.

But with the resistance of a weighted medicine ball.  I started with a 5 kg ball to get the technique right and try to get into the flow of it all.  Ideally you want to be able to bang these bad boys out in repetition without too much break in between slams.

Probably the best, most specific exercises I’ve seen for training your Wing Chun punch explosively (other than just punching) I’ve seen.

If you got the time and the motivation you can pick up a copy of Tacfit 26 HERE

That’s pretty much it.  For the next month I’m going to be keep my Bulgarian Bag once or twice a week and add Tacfit 26 on my other days.  I think it’s going to be particularly good for building up my upper body strength while maintaining my physical conditioning because it is an intense program.

Train hard,

Alex Chuen

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Wing Chun Chain Punching – Nice Video on Concept versus Reality by Alan Orr

Have to confess to knowing very little about Alan Orr other than the fact he’s a Wing Chun guy with fighters who compete in MMA and K1.

Much to my surprise, I quite like what he says and how he explains his Chu Sau Lei. Unfortunately, I think there’s going to be a few ‘website warriors’ who don’t like what he has to say.

Especially when it comes to chain punching.

Have to say, I agree 110% with Alan Orr on this one. Too many Wing Chun students see chain punches as the ‘be-all and end-all’ the number 1 tool that can’t be defended.

Mmm… maybe… if you’re fighting someone who doesn’t really want to fight or doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Without speaking to Alan personally, I don’t know his full-thinking behind punching. IMHO chain punching is a good finisher (ie. if you’ve got a foot in the door, hit the guy and want to land a series of successive strikes).

On thing that’s clear from this video is Alan speaks from practical experience gained from time training as, and with fighters who can rumble.

If you’ve had more than a few scraps for real or in the ring, then I think you’ll appreciate what he has to say about the Wing Chun Chain Punch.

>> Click to See Alan Orr DVDs on Wing Chun training HERE

In the video Alan Orr explains that the ‘classical chain punch’ is for training purposes only.

It teaches you the line of attack, how to create space, how your hands alternate (think right, left, right left) but not really what you do in application.

If you try to chain punch for real, against someone trying to fight back, then you have no guard or coverage for your head.

In the video it’s nicely demonstrated how to use the ‘concept’ of chain punching to change hands, stay covered and use your hands together.

It might be easily missed but there’s a lap sau in there that controls the body of opponent and stops him turning back into Alan. That, for me, is critical thinking and about hitting, without getting hit.

I’m a little shocked that there were 17 likes and 14 dislikes! Argh! Give the man some credit, sure his Wing Chun isn’t classical but he is ‘representing’ he is ‘part of the family’ and he has fighters in the MMA scene.

Attack the fact that he’s not classical, but not the fact that he’s sharing real insights in the world of fighting and Wing Chun in the modern world.

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Fa-Jing, The Inch Punch and Stoopid Mistakes…

For the past few months my Wing Chun inch punch training (and short range power) has kinda fallen to one side.

[As for Fa-Jing well that’s another story…]

For no other reason that it’s hard to keep everything 100% and I’m not even sure it’s healthy to try.  All you can do is keep rotating your training — spending time on your footwork, kicks and knees, elbows and hand strikes, chi-sau, sparring and so on.

It’s not possible to be the best at everything all of the time so you have to accept that you’ll go through periods of growth in an area and then maintain that level while you change your training to grow in another.

As my shift in training moves from competitive fighting towards self-defense for a period of time I’m going to be working more and more on my inch punch training.  It’s a practical tool and important to be able to hit hard off your front hand and from short range (ie. talking distance).  Plus I fancy having the ‘mother of all’ body shots from close-quarters.

Here’s my stoopid mistake

As a young lad I thought “Wing Chun is the best f*’k the rest” and regretfully I blame a previous instructor who now nothing to me (other than a mis-guided, older man) — and I no longer consider him a martial artist (because he doesn’t train or do anything positive within the community other than leach money).  As a consequence I was ignorant of other martial arts, other Kung Fu styles and especially other lineages.

Now I’m a little older I realize that every martial art brings something to the table and diversity in the martial world is important as it adds depth of skill and knowledge.  No one can know all the answers and no system is the best (otherwise we’d all be doing it).

Thanks to this ignorance I missed the opportunity to see Erle Montaigue — the famous Tai Chi Master who lives only a couple of hours away from me.  Stupid, ignorant, closed-minded and EXACTLY the opposite of what we should stand for as martial artists.

Here’s a clip of Erle Montaigue talking about Fa-Jing and hitting from only an inch away.


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