A Simple Jab-Defence Technique
Double-jabs ‘can’ be tricky to defend
In my youth I began my Martial Arts training by studying Judo and Aikido (in the 1970’s), later with my serious training being in Karate, up to Shodan level, and then adopting Thai and Western boxing to improve upon these skills after entering Brown/Black belt category competition, so I am guessing that this is where I gained comfort in the acceptance of a good jab?
However, being involved in Wing Chun for nearly 40 years I have not seen so much need for this as a technique and therefore, not much used.
A mix I was comfortable with?
Yes, it is true that we rely on relaxation etcetera in order to give us the speed of a good jab, but, in Wing Chun we do not retract the hand in the same way, not if we are to apply the explosive energy at its maximum capacity that is, and as for a double-jab, well this is another story yet again.
Also as Wing Chun practitioners, we would not usually punch twice with the same hand in such a manner, not when we could be using the other hand in between these strikes as well.
A number of years back, an experienced boxer joined my class for some training, when sparring I was able to defend such attacks with ease, and yet, many of my students could not.
So why was this?
Was it simply that they had not experienced such a technique
because they had never thrown one before themselves?
If so then this was bad on my part, BUT, an oversight I think many Instructors make.
We all know that in Wing Chun, usually we do not throw hooks and upper-cuts, or execute roundhouse kicks etc. but we sure as hell should know what they are!
And the more we know of them, the more we know what they can do and what is the idea behind them, and the best way to know what one is, is to learn one.
At WingChun.Online we always show the simple way first, but we will also go into great detail for those more serious about their studies, not only of what the technique is, but the how’s and why’s behind its workings, and why do we do this?
Both at my live classes and online, I will often tell my students:
‘The more you understand how a technique works,
The more you will make it work for you.’
In the case of the double-jab, what we are saying is that the more you understand this technique, the more likely you will be able to defend against it.
But what if you have never experienced boxing?
What if you simply do not have the time or the will to study boxing?
The clip below is from one of my classes where I show a simple idea which can be used to remedy this very possible problem.
Oh and if you do not have a partner, DO NOT WORRY!
At Wing Chun.Online we are always finding ways for you to learn this wonderful art, SOLO.
So if you wish to drill this move and do not have a partner, try using just one of the arms on your Wooden Dummy, by either taking the other one out, or standing on an angle so as the remaining arm is facing toward you.
Don’t have a Wooden Dummy? – Use the low brach of a tree or thick bush?
Don’t have a tree, garden or park near you? – Use the open edge of an internal door?
Where there is a will there is a way
Thank you for watching.