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Structure: The Key to Realistic Wing Chun

Structure: The Key to Realistic Wing Chun

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In the reality-based martial arts world, Wing Chun has its fair share of critics. Does this mean that Wing Chun is ineffective on the pavement arena? Or, could it be down to a misunderstanding of structure? This article was originally published in Issue #10 of Wing Chun Illustrated.

In the reality-based martial arts world, Wing Chun has its fair share of critics. Does this mean that Wing Chun is ineffective on the pavement arena? Or, could it be down to a misunderstanding of structure? This article was originally published in Issue #10 of Wing Chun Illustrated.

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WHY DOES
WING CHUN 
GET SUCH A BAD DEAL IN THE SELF-PROTECTION COMMUNITY? PERSONALLY, I BELIEVE IT IS BECAUSETHERE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE AND NOTENOUGH EMPHASIS ON STRUCTURE. WITHOUT STRUCTURE YOUHAVE NOTHING.
Most laymen when thinking of 
Wing Chun
, probably think that its strength lies in its trappingskills or its famous
One Inch Punch
. I too, oncebelieved this. However, if you have the fortune totrain with someone who understands the correctway
Wing Chun
works, you will discover thattrapping the hands and short power are only a small part of the system.Time and again I get frustrated when
Wing Chun
 is continually misrepresented in the martial artsand self-defence world. I believe that this is due to
Wing Chun
’s overuse of techniques as opposed tofocusing on its underlying structures. And thesetechniques, when put under pressure, can easilyfall short on their effectiveness. This is how
WingChun
gets a bad name. We need to change this!What do I mean by the term “structure”? Quitesimply, it is the very architecture of the
WingChun
system, and it allows us to receive heavyforces and to give out heavy forces of our own—whether it is by using striking or pushing methods.Like most martial arts,
Wing Chun
passes downits key concepts and techniques through forms(sets, patterns) training, and in those forms youwill find the answers to all your questionsconcerning the details of the art. It is the first formwhere the most important concepts are introduced,thus giving you the keys to understanding howthe system works.The
Yi Ji Kim Yeung Ma
stance, which is initiallyintroduced in the first form (
 Siu Nim Tau
),should be tested for structural integrity from allsides by simply applying increasing pressure on your training partner’s chest, shoulders (fromthe side and from above), and by pushing downon their basic shapes (
 Bong, Taan
and
 Fook
).You can also try pushing out a punch against thesame resistance.
STRUCTURE
THE KEY TO REALISTIC WING CHUN
BY 
JAMES WOODCOCK
PHOTOS
OVAN PHOTOGRAPHY
“A fight by its very nature is a struggleof opposing violent exertion made by  you and your attacker in an attempt todominate each other.” 
Combatives Expert Kelly McCann
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