Martial arts have been practiced in one form or another for thousands of years and writings about Wing Chun have been found as far back as the period of Warring States and make reference to fighting techniques, with and without arms. They talk about whole armies who use these skills with deadly power, accuracy and mastery. First, I pose the question, can a martial art ever really be mastered or are we forever learning and improving? With that question in mind, I believe different people will give you different ideas about techniques for Wing Chun mastery. Beginning from the basics and moving through the techniques and mastering each one to the best of your ability is the ideal but without certain techniques, some others will be rendered useless.
From the very beginning of your training, you will learn a technique that will be the basis for your Wing Chun mastery and that is Stance. Without mastering stance, all kicking practice will be wasted. In Wing Chun, the body in as one unit at the waist and if this is not achieved, balance and full power will be lost during a kick and may very well leave you in a vulnerable position.
Stability in your stance during a kick is vital. Wing Chun kicking techniques are based on the use of minimal brute strength and more on simplicity, directness and the economy of movement. With fast direct kicks that are controlled and executed by utilizing your body weight. Your body must be in an upright position, never leaning forward, backwards or sideways. Your body must be as still as possible as the more movement there is in your body, the less power you will be able to produce in your kick. Therefore, mastering the correct stance is all important in mastering the kick.
Most techniques used in Wing Chun are simple as this style is used as self defense and the more complicated the move, the more time it takes, thus leaving you open to attack from your opponent. Learning control is a technique that will serve you well in gaining Wing Chun mastery. A well trained martial artist always learns to control an opponent’s arms before executing a kick. By controlling their arms, you gain control of their balance as well thus rendering their ability to block or counter attack effectively.
A good Wing Chun artist will learn to work up close to his opponent. Practice at close quarters will always make distance work mush easier. The important technique of timing and learning to use whatever space is available cannot be overlooked. A series of well-timed short, sharp kicks and blows with powerful impact is a highly efficient technique worthy of much practice.
Although all parts of Wing Chun are important, when looking for Wing Chun mastery, many good martial artists believe that stance, timing and, of course, your own mind control are the basis for increased efficiency, along with constant, regular and supervised practice.
Yoshi E Kundagawa is a freelance journalist. He covers the mixed martial arts industry. For a free report on wing chung mastery visit his blog.
Yoshi Kundagawa is a freelance journalist covering the martial arts world. Too much time at his computer eating donuts reduced him to couch potato status. He's on a quest to recapture his youth and fitness. You can read his blog at http://www.martialarts3000.com