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How to Overcome Fear in Street Fights

How to Overcome Fear in Street Fights Most people train martial arts because they don’t want to be hit. In fact, they spend most of their time training against pretend punches in the hope that they will never be hit in the real world. Then how do you overcome fear in street fights? Does this approach help your self defence? I often say to my students, “You must expect to get hit in a real fight. If you think it’s […]

Does Anger Help in a Fight?

There are many people that feel that the best form of self defence is to get angry in a fight. Just watch our video and see for yourself. So this week we ask… Does anger help in a fight? I remember meeting someone who held this view. He said, “I don’t need to learn how to defend myself. I just get angry.” Of course, that’s the worst method of all to defend yourself, getting angry, doesn’t lead to emotional control. […]

Is the Best Self Defence to Run Away?

People always say the Best Self Defence technique is to run away. Some even call it “Run Fu”. But is it really true? Telling people to run away to protect themselves is an easy answer to an often complicated question of self defence. Just watch the video to see for yourself. While it is easy to tell someone to run away there are a few things that you should consider.   Surprise Attacks are Often Criminal Events (e.g. Robbery) Firstly […]

5 Common Beginners Mistakes to Avoid When Punching Pads | The London Wing Chun Academy

Beginners Course Starting 10th Aug 2020

Announcing our NEW Beginners Induction Course, 10th August 2020. If you have been thinking about getting in shape, taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill this year, come along to our new Beginners course. Designed exclusively for Beginners, this course will teach you realistic self-defence for the real world, whilst improving your fitness and confidence. Our approach is simple, professional, and unique to our Academy. Duration: 4 Weeks Class times: Mondays @ 7 – 8:15pm Price: £60 […]

How to Learn Martial Arts at Home by Yourself

How do you train martial arts alone? In fact, how do you train martial arts at home? Well, let’s not be misleading with title of this video. I don’t believe that you can learn a martial art on your own. You do need instruction. You need coaching, you need supervision. But you can train on your own. And you can train to improve your martial art. So, if you’re going to train alone, here’s my three top tips to improve […]

HOW TO HIT FASTER WITHOUT TELEGRAPHING YOUR PUNCHES

Most people telegraph their punches by winding their hands and shoulders back. The problem with this is that the bad guy can then see the strike coming. When this happens, there’s almost no chance that you’ll land that punch. Given notice, they will be able to move out of the way, block or deflect it. So, how do you fix this problem and HIDE your punches?! The idea is simple: Hit from where your hands lie. What does this mean? Wherever […]

3 WAYS INTENTION CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR FIGHT GAME

Fighting, and self defence, is as much a psychological matter as a physical one. When defending yourself in, say, an attack on the street, what are your aims? This may seem like an odd question with an obvious answer, but believe it or not this varies from person to person. 1. INTENTION In order to effectively defend yourself you have GOT to mean it, and want to fight. This does not mean picking a fight and assailing an innocent person. […]

BEST WAY TO FOLLOW UP A BLOCKED PUNCH

One idea in self-defence is to hit from where your hands are, as this makes any follow-up more efficient and likely to land. It is a very simple Wing Chun concept. The idea is two-fold: It avoids telegraphing your punch It maximises efficiency of both the punch AND the follow-up Pulling your hands back when punching telegraphs your movement, the bad guy can literally see your punch or strike. Knowing how to throw a punch is crucial in any street […]

6 MENACING WAYS TO PSYCH OUT BIGGER OPPONENTS

Nothing is more frightening than facing an opponent who makes quiet, controlled, and purposeful movements in a fight. Especially when you can’t read what they are thinking or what they are capable of doing next. Creating a calm and intimidating presence can affect the even the most experienced fighters. Number 1 Don’t let your opponent lead the fight or make you rush. Set your own pace and make them work to your rate. This has a massive effect on the […]