Saturday, December 10, 2016

How to beat a boxer in Wing Chun

If you've seen the movie IP Man 2 or IP Man 3 then you may be inspired to know whether or not Wing Chun beats boxing in a fight or vice versa. Truthfully, neither would. It all depends on how good the fighter is in the style. As a Wing Chun practitioner, I have a few ideas in defending against a boxer who may unfortunately try to harm you. These tips should only be used for self defense, not to show off who's the better fighter or which style is superior.

* Use proper structure - the mistake I've seen many Wing Chun fighters make is lack of proper fighting structure. Your arms should not be elevated all the way up at head level as it leaves your lower body exposed. You also should maintain your back structure when fighting.

* Use your elbows - What's the key in beating a boxer? Hint - it's in the elbows and their alignment. When getting in proper fighting structure, make sure that your elbows are slightly bent downwards so you can protect your lower body. When a boxer throws a punch, your elbow should be a block but also a strike to keep in line with Wing Chun principle of simultaneous attack/defense. If your opponent has no gloves on then his/her fists will break on impact. Practice putting power into your Bong Saos and elbow strikes. Make sure to also keep your eyes on the opponent's elbows. No matter how fast they hit, you will always be able to use your elbows to attack and defend at once due to distance along with eye coordination. Be sure to practice downward elbow strikes to counter uppercuts.

* Keep the pressure on the boxer - One of the most common mistakes i've seen Wing Chun fighters on youtube make is failing to keep the pressure on the boxer. Wing Chun fighters linger back and try to find angles of attack or patiently wait for the boxer to come. Don't wait. Wing Chun is about aggression and eliminating the threat at close range. Get close to the boxer and strike with a flurry of attacks. If he retreats, you keep following him until you back him into a corner. Don't let him breathe for a moment.

* Keep your distance - Another problem is failure to keep your distance. Control the distance with kicks between you and the boxer rather than punches. If your too close to a boxer, you will get hit. If your too far, you won't be able to hit. Aim for the knees or sides of the knees to throw the boxer off balance before you close the gap and get into striking range.

* Use different angles of attacks and blocks - Another common mistake i've noticed Wing Chun fighters make is only training to block attacks coming straight forward. Boxers train to strike at many different angles such as throwing an uppercut punch so you must learn not only how to respond but how to counter at different angles as well. It may come as a surprise to Wing Chun fighters that Wing Chun also has uppercut punches in some Wing Chun forms. What's the difference? The Wing Chun uppercut is delivered without compromising the Wing Chun body structure.

* Know when to strike and where - As soon as there's an opportunity to attack such as after a boxer finishes a punch, close the gap and strike hard at the boxer. Strike at his center of mass, temples, legs, sternum, throat, sides of the neck, the eyes, groin, nose, etc. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. It takes more time for an attack in a curved line to reach it's target than a straight one. Therefore, when a boxer throws a hook punch, it would be a great opportunity to simultaneously deflect and strike at the centerline as you close the gap.

* Control the elbows - once you close the gap, immediately control elbows preferably from behind the boxer. From there, knock the boxer off balance and finish him quickly.

Some additional tips to consider:

* Beware of the bob and weave - If the boxer is good, he/she will bob and weave before attacking you from a different position. The key is to focus on the boxer's lower body such as the knees and waist for areas of attack.

* Training - Practice your simultaneous elbow strikes and defenses. The key to drawing power is using your hips and turning your whole body as you strike. Practice your turning stance as you strike, your combinations, eye-hand coordination, quick reflexes, sticking to Wing Chun principles, mobile footwork, and sparring with a boxer if possible.

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