The 5 Best Exercises to Improve Your Wing Chun

The 5 Best Exercises to Improve Your Wing Chun Ability | The London Wing Chun Academy

One of the most common questions we often get is how long will it take to be good at Wing Chun? The answer relates to how much time and effort that you are willing to put in to practicing this martial art. In general the more you practice the better you will get. So here is our advice on what to practice in order to get better at Wing Chun quickly.

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Forms to Fighting: How forms Improve Chi Sao

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Some martial arts, such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, have no structured approach for training specific techniques without a partner. Granted, Boxing and Kickboxing have the method of shadow sparring, but this is still simplistic when trying to develop an understanding of what you should be doing when someone is pushing your arm (or punch) away. How does it teach you how to respond to physical contact? 

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The Importance of Shadow Boxing for Wing Chun

The importance of Shadow Boxing training for Wing Chun in the Gym.

Shadow boxing is a great tool to improve your martial arts ability and skills. In any boxing or kickboxing gym you will find many fighters spending hours shadow boxing in front of a mirror or in the middle of a boxing ring. What are the benefits of shadow boxing and is there any value for Wing Chun practitioners in this popular training method?

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The Eight Cutting Knives: Does it unlock your ability?

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Baat Jaam Dao means eight cutting knives. Although, the weapon is a short Broadsword with a guard. The name of the form refers to the number of different angles the blade cuts through. This martial arts form represents the highest pinnacle of Wing Chun study, where only the chosen few are taught this unique approach to fighting. However, what makes this weapon form so special and can it really make you a great empty hand fighter?

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Luk Dim Boon Kwun (Dragon Pole) Form: Should you learn it?

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Historically the Wing Chun Pole form is thought to have been modelled on the Dragon style of Kung Fu. However, what is the significance of the Wing Chun Pole form in modern practice, and would learning it really make a difference to applying your Wing Chun in today’s world?

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Training on the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy

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The Wooden Dummy form in Wing Chun is simply an extension of the empty hand forms of the Wing Chun system. It relates more so to the concepts of the Siu Nim Tao (1st form) and Chum Kiu (2nd form). In this sense, you could consider training on the Wooden Dummy as an alternative method of developing the physical attributes of the Wing Chun forms.

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THE WING CHUN WEAPONS FORM

The Wing Chun weapons may have been a practical for combat in the old days, but in modern times training with weapons lends to a more sophisticated method of training and developing Wing Chun skills.

Training with the Wing Chun weapons can enhance a practitioners empty hand skills by developing power through the weight training aspect of the practice, and even develop further timing and speed through the freestyle sparing aspect.

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THE WING CHUN THIRD FORM: "Biu Jee"

The third form of Wing Chun is called "Bil Jee" or "Biu Jee" in Cantonese. It literally means "Thrusting or Poking fingers." Often referred to as the emergency form of the Wing Chun Martial Arts system, the form is unique in that it allows the student to practice what to do when things go wrong in combat or self defence situation.

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THE WING CHUN SECOND FORM: "Chum Kiu"

The second martial arts form of Wing Chun is called "Chum Kiu" in Cantonese. It literally means 'Sinking the Bridge'. Conceptually the concept is to create a bridge with an attackers arm, allowing a Wing Chun practitioner the ability to stick, trap and follow up with counter attacks.

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