Ever since the classic scene in ‘Enter the Dragon’ the Pak Da movement has been iconic of Wing Chun. What is the real purpose of this drill? And why do we practice it? The answer is simple. Pak Da teaches the concept of clearing an obstruction in order to punch a person. However, when you examine this iconic Wing Chun drill there is much more to this idea. Here are 3 reasons to train the Pak Da drill. 1) […]
In Boxing and Kickboxing shadow sparring is used to develop practical fighting skills. This approach is effective and valuable because it relies on repetition of movement and technique to develop muscle memory (see The Importance of Shadow Sparring for Wing Chun). In a similar fashion, the forms of Wing Chun are vital to improve your martial arts skills, while giving you an understanding of physical structure and your use of energy (see How Forms Improve Chi Sao). Yet, very few people practice […]
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. The secret of a quick improvement in Wing Chun […]
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? In fact, the training methods often found in kickboxing lack clear conceptual guidelines that could […]
Good footwork is key to any martial art. Whether you are Boxing, Kickboxing, or practicing Wing Chun excellent footwork will make all the difference. Without good footwork you will never be able to deliver those powerful punches and kicks that you have learned in the gym.
The footwork of Wing Chun is very simple, direct, efficient and not much different to the directness of boxing or kickboxing footwork. Although there are major differences to boxing or kickboxing in the triangulation of the feet, knees, and hips. It is key in Wing Chun footwork to focus on triangulation these joints to gain a good structure in the body when driving forward towards an attacker in self defence. Wing Chun footwork is derived from the basic stance training […]
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? There are many benefits of shadow boxing in the gym. The main benefit is the ability to […]
As a woman, choosing the right martial art for you can take time, especially while exploring many different types of classes. Before settling with Wing Chun, I trained Kyokushin and Go Kan Ryu karate. Having seen and practice different martial arts made me more aware of what I was looking for and needed from my training as a woman looking for a good approach to self defence. Part of the reason I chose to train Wing Chun instead of the […]
Wing Chun weapons may have been a practical form of combat in the old days, but do these weapons truly relate to modern fitness training for martial arts? The simple answer is yes they do.
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?