Category : Wing Chun

Can You Be To Old to Learn Martial Arts?

Can You Be To Old to Learn Martial Arts? There’s a common saying in boxing, “An old boxer never loses his punch”. His reflexes may be slower. His cardio and recovery may be weaker, but his power output should be similar to his youth. Except he may be a little slow in pulling that trigger. This may be true, but what is the Best Martial Arts for an Older Person? And can you be to old to learn martial arts? […]

How to Knock Someone Out with One Punch

In this week’s video we discuss some simple ideas of how to fight and knock someone out with one punch. Wing Chun is a practical open handed martial art that that is perfect for self defence. As a multi strike style of fighting there is little risk of seriously damaging your hands in a fight.

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4 Phases of Preparing for a Fight

There are four phases that combine to create a training cycle when preparing for Beimo. These involve the physical and psychological preparation of the athlete, factors crucial to Beimo preparation.   Phase 1. Core Skills and Conditioning The first phase is the Core Skills and Conditioning Phase which should last up to 16 weeks. This is the foundation period in which you are developing your aerobic conditioning in addition to acquiring new fighting skills or addressing any technical weaknesses in […]

How to Fight with One Arm

How to Fight with One Arm There are aspects of Wing Chun that focus on training with one arm. For example Dan (Single) Chi Sao or even certain Gwor Sao drills. Why do Wing Chun students practice so often with one arm and is it really practical for fighting? Does it teach you how to fight to with one arm? The answer is simple. Training with one arm allows you to develop your ability equally without having dominance with one […]

Wing Chun Myths Exposed! The Reality of Simultaneous Attack and Defence in a Fight

The Reality of Simultaneous Attack and Defence in a Fight

Wing Chun is a highly conceptual martial art. A fighting system based on a number of key concepts that make Wing Chun an effective combat system. Central to these concepts is the principle of Economy of Motion, an idea of the moving as efficiently and directly as possible when fighting or in self defence.

How to Fight Back When Attacked from Behind

How to fight well when you are being attacked from behind depends on two key factors. Firstly, that you move in the correct direction when being attacked. Secondly, and this is important, that you can see what’s happening behind you in your fight for survival. We teach a very simple system of self defence when attacked from behind. Of course, you can’t fight or defend yourself if you can’t see the punch in the first place. This means that self […]

Best Takedown Techniques for Wing Chun

Best Takedown Techniques for Wing Chun

Can you do takedowns in Wing Chun? Well, here are 2 of the best takedowns that can easily be added to your Wing Chun or Chi Sao training. We use them in our regular San Da (San Shou Kickboxing) classes run at the London Wing Chun Academy, but they can easily be used with a range of Wing Chun techniques in sparring, Chi Sao, or even in Self Defence. The technique simply relies on leverage to knock your opponent or […]

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Is Wing Chun Chi Sao Useful for Self Defence?

While the concept of sensitivity training is not unique within the various martial arts, the form and complexity that it takes in Wing Chun is unique. Known as Chi Sao, this exercise distinguishes Wing Chun from Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and even other forms of Kung Fu. Here are some simple questions and answers that will help you understand why Chi Sao training in Wing Chun is considered important.   What is Chi Sao? Chi Sao roughly translates […]

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What Makes Wing Chun Effective?

What Makes Wing Chun Effective? The answer lies in the strategy of Wing Chun fighting. What distinguishes Wing Chun from most martial art styles is the attention to detail. The focus on correct structural integrity, efficiency of movement, and the development of short distance power. These are the concepts that we should be seeking to improve by scientifically testing against a resisting opponent with no knowledge of Wing Chun. If these concepts are valid then they would hold up to […]

Wing Chun vs Boxing: What is all the fuss?

Wing Chun vs Boxing: What is all the fuss? On searching YouTube you’ll find lots of Wing Chun videos on the subject of Wing Chun vs Boxing. Of course, it is a childish pursuit agreeing which is a better fighting system as both has its merits. Perhaps the fascination of comparing the two combat styles is in the similarity between them. Both forms of combat rely on close quarter hand fighting and are effective for self defence. However, boxing is […]