Not my words but those of Grandmaster Leung Ting as he talked about Wing Chun punches at seminars hosted across Europe.
Of course he doesn’t mean in the literal way, that every Wing Chun punch must kill it’s intended target but the message couldn’t be clearer, more obvious and is an important one all students should know and remember.
Self-defence requires that you can hit hard – and where necessary – hit first. No messing about, no second chances – just hit hard and make sure it does the job it was sent to do.
Many Wing Chun students wrongly believe Ving Tsun punches rely on quantity over quantity – that’s not about hitting hard, it’s about hitting lots and overwhelming your opponent.
And yes there is an element of that – when you’ve got someone on the back foot you sure as well better not let them off – you NEVER give an attacker, someone trying to hurt you a second chance.
So can you make sure that every Wing Chun punch you throw counts, does the damage it’s intended to and with the mindset that “every punch must kill!”
It comes down to timing
Timing is everything – from hitting accurately through to hitting hard. In fact most Wing Chun students incorrectly think that timing is landing your punch. There is much, much more to it.
Power generation for that matter – getting perfect timing so that your first strike lands as soon as your front foot hits the floor – landing your punch with ALL your body weight and not just your arm.
It boils down to mentality
Ever looked around the class and seen students chatting away as they run through techniques, hitting bags and pads while looking around and just being lazy with their technique?
It’s all about attitude and focus.
You have to train with the right mentality, you have to train with intent and hit pads and bags with everything you’ve got.
That’s different to being nasty or hurting your partners. It’s about practising and training as though your were fighting for your life – if you had to turn up the power… then it’s just a case of following through, not pulling your punches.
Intent and a ‘serious’ attitude is vital.
It comes back to training
Over the years I’ve lost count of the time wasters who’ve asked for various exercises to make x, y and z better. Students looking for secrets, gathering as much information as they can… but NOT training what they know.
The best way to get better is to punch, then punch some more, and some more… only when you’re already hitting ‘stuff’ lots should you start to look at ways to improve.
What’s the point of seeking MORE knowledge before you’ve even applied your existing knowledge and paid with some blood, sweat and tears?!
Your Wing Chun punch should be fast, it should be accurate and it should be hard. It must have the power to finish fights.
In the words of Grandmaster Leung Ting – “Every punch must kill!”.