Wing Chun Wednesday

WING CHUN WEDNESDAY: POSITIONING.


PEEK A BOO [FRAZIER] vs PHILLY SHELL [ALI].

If we are going to fight someone should we set ourself up in a way and position that gives us an obvious advantage or should we set ourselves up equal?

As a junior Boxer, as a 20 something year old Judoka, and in all honesty also as a Tennis player and Golfer I did not have the level of success that I genuinely thought I should of had, I never made state level, never got beyond the last 16 in any tournament, it was not for lack of skill or talent I had enough of those, it was mostly a lack of discipline when it came to sticking with the plan once things started to go wrong.

Hindsight always sees things clearly and I now see that I did not spend enough training time on the correct aspects of my training, in both Boxing and Judo I did not do the type of training and sparring that would teach me how to not lose fights, instead I would get all excited about training and sparring that I hoped would teach me how to win fights.

A big mistake learned way to late.

I was well aware of this when I took up Wing Chun at 38, and with this new foresight  I was really quite astonished by the naivety of the Wing Chun approach to engaging the opponent, it really made no practical sense, stand square in front of the bad guy and walk forwards.

Thats fine if you happen to be “Smokin’ Joe Frazier” or “Iron Mike Tyson” but for ordinary people, and Wing Chun people are ordinary people, its tantamount to suicide.

Many years into my training while studying Biu Gee with my teacher we started to work on ideas that I was first introduced to as an 8 year old Boxer.  When I mentioned this my teacher said that Biu Gee should not be looked on as advanced, it was simply where that information was stored.

But a great many students do think that each Form progression is an advancement, that each Form brings in superior knowledge. As a result of this a big mistake many Wing Chun students make is that they think the Forms and Chi Sau are the final destination of their training when in point of fact they are in reality the departure point.  

The messenger and not the message.

What does Wing Chun teach about positioning?

In my experience very little, and what is taught is very doubtful.

If we are going to fight someone should we set ourself up in a way and position that gives us an obvious advantage or should we set ourselves up equal?

It is a no brainer that one, so why do we do most of our training in an equal situation with our partner?

 

 

My opinion is that from a practical point of view the way most people play Chi Sau is teaching them to be in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to do the wrong thing.

So why do we do it?

Again this is just my opinion but I believe it is so we can work at not being in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to do the wrong thing.  How to get out of that bad position into a better position.

It is a lot easier to understand the one place we should not be than understand the numerous places we could be.

Clever.

 

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