Wing Chun Techniques and Training

Wing Chun technique is famous because of its unique structure. Using this technique you can block and attack at the same time.

Wing Chun

It involves rapid vertical punches, trapping, an effective strategy that can help you to control the center with constant forward pressure, and to focus on the shortest distance between two points. There are lots of techniques that can be used effectively for self-defense and fighting.

Wing Chun Sparring

Unfortunately, the training of Wing Chun is provided in such a way that it makes it ineffective for both the fighting and self-defense situations. In this article, you will learn how to deal with this situation and what are the techniques that are used in Wing Chun. 

Great things about Wing Chun

Although it is not as effective as the other martial art techniques it has some great things to offer such as

Wing Chun Advantages

  • The technical structure of Wing Chun
  • This technique includes solid and forward focus, defensive blocking and trapping, and attacking. In this technique, you can trap an opponent’s limb that will help you to create an opening for you to attack your opponent. It has a great physical structure. This technique will not only rely on muscle strength, but it will also rely on the proper alignment of bones. This technique focus on constant forward motion can be a good choice for self-defense situations. 

  • It offers defense and offense simultaneously
  • A good thing about the Wing Chun technique is it offers simultaneous defense and offense. With every block, there will be a simultaneous attack or stroke. If you have not finished your training yet and you are at an intermediate level still you can use a strike to deflect the incoming attack. This simultaneous strike will help to cut the line of attack. It offers forward pressure, solid technical structure, constant offense and defense make it an unbeatable fighting style. 

  • Trapping
  • Since the MMA can in to act the trapping style used in Wing Chun is under serious debate. Most of the sport fighters consider it an ineffective style and it is rarely seen in sports fighting. There are three main reasons for this:

      • Firstly, the training of Wing Chun is unrealistic. Practitioners of this training are unable to apply this technique against skilled fighters. There are many more trapping techniques evolved that are very much effective so that’s why this trapping style does not work much. 
      • Secondly, sport fighters don’t think that this technique will work for them so they don’t even take an interest in learning this. 
      • Thirdly, the trapping technique can be effective for self-defense situations but not for fights. In fighting both the contestants know what’s coming up and at the start, they tend to stay at some distance. When someone is continuously moving and is out of range you can not apply the technique. 

    In the case of self-defense situations, trapping can work best. In self-defense, it will help you to tackle immediate attack and the trapping move will prevent the opponent to take defensive actions. Simple Wing Chun trapping can be used effectively in sparring. 

  • Two against one
  • Wing Chun training schools focus more on this than the other martial art training schools. The idea behind this is to maintain a superior position and you will be using two hands against one hand of your opponent instead of standing in “chest to chest” position and fighting two against two. In Wing Chun technique jamming, trapping, and grabbling plays a major role so moving outside with a strike that will make contact with the arm of your opponent and then you will try to pull it and blasting him with a strike that will do very nicely for you. 

    Techniques used in Wing Chun

    There are lots of effective techniques that are used in Wing Chun such as

    Hand strikes

    In hand strike, you can use

    • Punch
    • Finger Jab
    • Back fist
    • Chop


    You can use three types of kicks such as

    • Straight kick
    • Round kick

    SidekickTraps and Blocks

    • Pak Sao (for smack or press)
    • Bong Sao
    • Tan Sao (for center bock and palm up)
    • Biu Sao (High outward block)
    • Lop Sao (For pull and jerk)
    • Gaun Sao (Low outward block)

    Training of Wing Chun

    There are lots of training options such as 

    • Forms and Solo training
    • Interception drills
    • Sparring integration
    • Trapping

    Most of the Wing Chun styles use Solo forms for the training method. All the training styles of Wing Chun do not contain forms. There are some benefits of solo training and you can enjoy even more benefits by getting partner training. Solo forms are only recommended when you don’t have the facility of a partner. These forms are illogical. The basic purpose of creating forms was to satisfy Chinese superstitions. Each form contains 108 movements and all the movements are not taught during training. So it is better to let the student decide which movements they want to learn and practice. 

    You can do solo practice and nothing wrong with it. You can throw punches at punching bags, wooden dummy, and in case if no target available you can try even in the air. Solo practice can be helpful for exercise, technical improvements, and to improve conditioning. 

    A simultaneous block and strike is an interception. Interception drills are practiced where you want to attack and trap against the incoming attack. There is a wide range of interception drills that you can practice. You can try these drills even in isolation. You can easily attack and defend either with a left or right punch. These drills can help you in self-defense situations. 

    When a student feels comfortable with traps and attacks used in Wing Chun, now it’s time for them to practice live sparring integration. Sparring should be done at a low to medium density. You can do this with or without gears. These techniques will help students not only in Wing Chun fighting but also in real-life situations as well. 

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