Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wing Chun Blog - Guarding Arm

Wing Chun Blog – Sifu Garry

 Wing Chun Guard

(Wu Sao)

There is much debate about the wing chun kung fu guarding hand.
Different lineages of wing chun generally demonstrate different arm positions for their guard.

Why, should there be so much disagreement with a simple arm position.
A protective guard is hardly used in a real combat situation.
Try it out!

Someone shoulder butts you as you walk past. You turn and he pushes you back with a single arm push. As you step with his force, he throws a punch which you block. You are not aggressive so you decide to be defensive. He throws several more punches and you block them easily. On the third punch you block and counter with several punches and a takedown.

Where was the guarding hand? It wasn’t used at all! In a real street situation, if somebody harasses you the last thing you should do is put up you guard.

This will tell your opponent all there is to know about you and how you fight.

(art of war) “to defeat your enemy, you must know everything about him”

If my attacker faces me with a guard, I will know if he is a boxer, muaythai fighter, karatedo, kick boxer, etc. This is actually what I want, but I don’t want to give him information about me.

A fighting guard is conceptual in wing chun kung fu.
If you opponent is a huge guy, your guard will be higher to protect you head and brain. If your opponent is smaller than you, you can afford to lower you guard.

So, you see, a wing chun guard should be very adaptable.

The wing chun guard does have a deficiency, though, as do all guards.
In wing chun kung fu, the Guard protects our Centreline. Therefore, our flanks can be open to attack.
Most other martial arts guards tend to protect their flanks but leave their centreline exposed.

Another example:

A person walks up to you and accuses you of chatting up his Girl. He throws 3 punches at you. You step back and block each one with Bill Sao and then finish off with 3 wing chun punches.

Where was the Guard?

As you can see, a guard is hardly used in a real situation.

In Competition, guards are used all the time.

If several perpetrators are attacking you simultaneously, you will use both arms to protect your head, but this is not a formal martial arts guard.

It’s easy to be a critic or couch professional, but, I have real life experiences to call on.
I am an expert in street survival, street tactics and the psychology of fighting.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wing Chun Blog - Wing Chun in Competition

Wing Chun Blog – Sifu Garry

 Traditional Wing Chun Competition

When entering a Tournament, a Competitor must play by the rules of the day, or LOSE!

With the advent of the Internet and Youtube, there have been a lot of videos uploaded portraying wing chun fighters against other denominations, eg, muaythai, kickboxing, even Karate and Taekwando.

The biggest mistake I see when viewing these videos is:

1: what experience does the wing chun person have?

2: with boxing gloves, one has to change his tact.

3: you can use wing chun principles when fighting in a full contact tournament, but it would be a danger to the wing chun fighter, relying solely on wing chun without incorporating other ideas.

4: A wing chun fighter must change his guard to cover upper and lower gates and especially the flanks.

5: A wing chun fighter should fight South Paw. Most kick boxers, etc, generally fight in an orthodox position.

6: When preparing for a full contact fight, fitness and power are paramount.

7: If my fighters cannot reach a certain level with VO2max, they cannot compete.

8: Full contact fighters are psychologically prepared for hard hits to the body and face. Wing Chun fighters are not.

9: A wing chun gym is not necessarily geared up for full contact training.

10: A ring is an advantage especially if you are training Muaythai.

So, if you want to put your Ego on the line and prove your wing chun is superior to other martial arts, always ensure you are prepared. Martial arts is only as good as the Individual using it. If he is weak, his martial arts will be weak, also.

Make sure when competing there is equality with experience levels. For example, both have equal time in training experience.

If one is in a Muaythai competition, he or she must utilize take downs, knees and elbows, otherwise he will not win. The Judges and Referees want to see Muaythai techniques.

Martial Arts are about sharing common grounds. It is not about proving which martial arts is better, because it is the Student or Person whom makes the martial art, not the martial art itself.

Let’s face it, if Bruce Lee had been involved with kick boxing, kick boxing would be at the forefront.
Fortunately, Bruce Lee had a passion for Wing Chun Kung Fu.

He did challenge many denominations with great success, but that was Bruce Lee.
Use Martial Arts to help people, not to hurt them.