EVERYTHING In Wing Chun Is In Your Punches
EVERYTHING, in Wing Chun is in your punches.
That may sound like a bold and possibly strange comment to make but it is something I truly believe and something I always trained.
For as many years as I can remember I made it my goal to drill 10,000 punches every day, and yes, I said 10,000 punches, that’s the truth!
Because by that statement I mean, that in nearly every exchange during your training, your front hand becomes your back hand, and your back hand becomes your front hand.
In Lap Sau:
If from a contact, I Lap and punch for instance, my front hand (the contact but now Lapping hand) will come back as my back hand (the punch) goes forward as the strike.
In Bong Sau:
When I am drilling a Bong Sau, turning from one side to the other, I do not bring my front hand back in over the top, as that is encouraging the strike to climb on top of me.
Instead I bring the Bong in underneath with the Wu Sau (Guard hand) going out over the top, in the same way it would if I were to follow with a Lap/Fak Sau. Once again following the pattern of punches.
You can see this described in the video below (this piece starts a few minutes into the lesson).
The same is said for Pak Sau:
As I step in for a Pak Sau, my back hand goes forward, passing the lead arm (therefore making that arm now the back hand position), after the Pak has been executed the back hand will go forward as a punch, once agin passing the front hand making THAT now the back hand.
Once again following the pattern of punches.
I hope that makes sense?
You can see this described in the video below (please excuse the poor sound quality but this was not meant for tuition purposes).
Now we just need a reminder of punches in general, in that the back hand is level with the elbow in distance and height, therefore lower than the front hand.
And in order to achieve this goal we need to drop the front hand as it changes with the back.
All done by pulling the front hand back (and down) by driving from the elbow.
We’ll save focus on the elbow for another day!
All in all , VERY important and all too often underestimated and under trained.
NOW GET PUNCHING!