Friday, December 23, 2016

Ineffective Wing Chun training for self defense

Despite being a Wing Chun practitioner, i must be honest and admit that there are several ineffective training methods in Wing Chun that will get you hurt or killed in a street fight. They only work for health benefits, sparring with a Wing Chun partner, preserving tradition, etc. They don't transition well to self defense unless you adapt your training methods for that specific purpose. The list is as follows:

* Forms - Wing Chun usually begins with practicing forms. There's nothing wrong with forms except that your doing all sorts of movements and you have no idea how to apply them in combat. You probably won't even use most of the techniques from the Wing Chun forms in a street fight. Why not spar all out with a partner and apply the ones you will need instead? The only useful form that will help you is the Mook Yan Jong Wing Chun wooden dummy form. It will develop your reflexes, arm conditioning, understanding of angles, centerline, positions, power, speed, simultaneous attack and defense, etc.

* Trapping - Wing Chun practitioners teach the concept of trapping usually by getting a neutral stance and sparring with a partner in hand to hand combat. The goal is basically to feel your partner out for certain openings and create them by grabbing the arm or wrist as you attack at once. This training method of Wing Chun trapping only works provided that an opponent isn't exerting any pressure at all but how likely is that to happen in a street fight? If you try trapping an aggressive violent attacker who exerts forward pressure, you will be taken down quickly. Furthermore, the attacker could just pull away with the free hand and throw a haymaker or hook punch at you.

* Chi Sao - The same problem arises in Chi Sao as with trapping. Chi Sao's purpose is to feel your opponent's energy before you strike along with training sensitivity. A street fighter won't instigate a fight and say "here let me do my Chi Sao with you.." Chi Sao only works with a compliant partner not a noncompliant attacker on the street.

* Weapons training - Wing Chun weapons training relies on use of Wing Chun butterfly swords and poles. I suppose these would be effective for developing power and proper alignment but as far as self defense goes, they are useless unless you plan on carrying them wherever you go.

* Wing Chun sparring - This training is more effective than the others but it still has it's flaws. Your only sparring to beat a Wing Chun partner instead of the average street attacker. How likely is it for a Wing Chun practitioner to attack you on the street? Your average or above average person on the street will most likely not be compliant and attack you in the same fashion a Wing Chun practitioner would. Even when i knew almost nothing about martial arts in my teen years, i would not attack someone like Wing Chun practitioners do in a sparring session. I'd go for combos with wild attacks before i try a takedown, use improvised weapons, etc.

Now don't get me wrong, i'm not saying that all of these training methods are completely useless. It just depends on how you train them properly. Wing Chun sifus may argue "well these training methods aren't designed for combat, only for you to understand Wing Chun principles and concepts.." To this i respond, if that's the case then why not apply them in actual sparring? Why invest time practicing traditional training methods before you learn how to apply them in combat? These Wing Chun training methods only work for showing off or preserving tradition. How do you train trapping, chi sao, weapons, and forms for self defense? Through all out no holds barred sparring. Instead of forms, practice proper alignment and efficiency with a sparring partner using certain offensive or defensive techniques from Sil Lum Tao, Chum Kiu, or Biu Jee. Instead of trying to trap both arms, you trap only one from the outside and attack at once. Instead of trying to do Chi Sao and feel your opponent's energy before you go in, learn how to control it in sparring against a punch or grapple. Instead of sparring with just Wing Chun practitioners, practice with a variety of partners using different styles. Instead of learning how to use Wing Chun weapons, learn how to use and disarm modern weapons.

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