Sunday, March 22, 2015

Wing Chun Blog - Sifu Garry


Wing Chun Front Kick

Traditional Wing Chun has many kicks in its arsenal. The front kick is one of the most used kicks in the Wing Chun Kung Fu System. The front kick is utilized as an intercept tool, when an opponent enters into your space; at the kicking range. The front kick can be executed to attack the Upper, Middle and Lower Gates, even targeted at the Ankles.

The Wing Chun front kick is very efficient when used in Competition as well as real life situations.
Timing is essential in making the front kick work for you. If a perpetrator attacks you and enters your space, split timing is imperative as his range will change very quickly. If you miss the opportunity to intercept, be prepared to engage your opponent with the Hand or Punching range. If an attacker bridges the gap too quick for a middle gate kick your intuition can allow you to direct the kick lower as the range becomes closer.

The Wing Chun Kung Fu front kick is very efficient because it takes the shortest path to the opponent, a direct straight line. The wing chun front kick has a snapping motion. It is not a push kick. To execute a successful front kick with power, apart from timing, one must be in control of his balance, which will generate speed and power.

Road rage in Melbourne can be a  real problem at times. It always pays to drive at the speed limit in the left hand lane and let the "angry world" pass you by. Most Drivers are always in a hurry and common courtesy seems to be all but nonexistent, these days.

Not lately, but over the years I have had several scary experiences with irate car and truck drivers, around the roads of Melbourne.

Generally drivers crack it over some minute incident or the make a mistake but blame you.
If a driver exits his vehicle to confront me, I will always get out of my car quickly. This avoids any potential damage to my car, but more importantly, if someone is prepared to confront you in an angry manner, it is safer to face your perpetrator.

I believe this is safer, but probably not a preference for everybody.

On these occasions, as the road rager approaches and tries to get too close, I have used the wing chun front kick on all occasions, generally to the mid section, which in all confrontations has stopped the angry person in their tracks. The road rager will then reassess his predicament and babble on from a distance. My front kick has always worked for me and kept the person away. This is a real success story as it has minimized or even negated any need for violence. A peaceful conclusion is much more of an achievement than having to resort to self defence.

On another occasion while shopping at Bunnings with my wife, Sifu Linda, an irate Customer started an argument with my wife. As I tried to mediate he approached my with hands swinging. In that instant I executed a front kick which stopped him in his tracks and therefore avoided another potential violent situation.

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