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.
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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Intelligent comments below are always appreciated!