The Importance Of Flowing (Part 2 of 2)


A duck shoot guard


In Part 1 of this blog I explained the need to keep going after the defence and counter attack of a strike, and how under no circumstances should we stop, assuming that your singular counter will be enough will always be your downfall.




There will always be a second strike,

and if it’s not coming from you then it will coming from your attacker.


In the previous video I showed a slow comfortable method of training this idea, with all initial attacks being agreed upon before setting off, the reason for this was simple, we are trying to get you to flow after the initial block and counter, and at this stage we do not need to add to the confusion by guessing what hand and at what angle the first strike will be.

To stay with this idea however can become equally dangerous, giving you a false sense of security as you block each move with ease, well of course you will, you know what you are going to do before you’re going to do it!


In this clip I use what I like to refer to as my ‘Duck Shoot’ method, where we take away your option to choose your defence.


In the clip, notice that I will now strike with either side, therefore adding a touch more to the training, and on the defence side we are going to allow ourselves to land in awkward positions and defend from that shape, NOT, trying to quickly get to a favoured side or favoured technique.


A train of thought I always try to install in my students is this:


‘You do not get into a position to do the technique,

You do the technique from the position you are in.’


This is the very reason we have the moves we do, so that we can move toward the threat with the nearest thing available, it’s the very principles of Wing Chun:


Conservation of energy

Minimum movement


Remember that even the names of these blocks are not as they may first appear, what I mean is that these names are not telling you what to do, they are explaining what you did, such as a Slapping hand (Pak Sau) or a Pulling hand (Lap Sau).


This flow method of training can be practiced with anyone, so there’s no need to wait until you are back at your class.

I hope you enjoy the exercise.


Thank you for watching.


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