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Impact Conditioning and Avoiding Hand Injuries in Wing Chun

Most 1st world human hands are not well conditioned for striking. As tool users, humans have hands best evolved for grabbing things, not for use as clubs. I advise students to avoid striking with any part of the hand other than the palm heel or hammerfist unless... More>>>

Countering Takedowns using Gum Sau

Sifu Nick demonstrates how to use Gum Sau to control spacing and defend against takedown attempts. More>>>

Moving the Line and Making Better Mistakes Tomorrow

You have a certain skill level and you want to advance it? Get used to making mistakes. No EMBRACE that you will make mistakes. If you are not, don't expect to get much better. More>>>

Strength Training for Wing Chun

If Wing Chun is about giving the practitioner the ability to defeat an assailant regardless of relative size or strength, why worry about strength training? Is strength training appropriate for Wing Chun practitioners? YES and depends... More>>>

Wing Chun Pole Form: Look Dim Boon Kwan

The 6.5 Point Pole Form is the first weapon learned in the Wing Chun system. Techniques learned in the form help practioners to perfect power generation and illuminates fight geometry. More>>>

My Instructor Only Taught Me 8 Things

One of my first and most influential instructors used to say that his teacher only ever taught him eight things. This was not meant as a slight against what his teacher had imparted to him -quite the opposite. It was a statement that he grasped the most important lessons he had been given. These eight things... More>>>

Chi Sau is for PEST(s)

One of the crown jewels of Wing Chun training is Chi Sau. It becomes even more valuable when you know what it is for! Luckily, it is a short list. The things you should be learning from Chi Sau are *P.E.S.T. which stands for: proper Positioning, proper use of Energy, Sensitivity, and Techniques. More>>>

Pok Sau/Punch Drill -- Wing Chun Basics

Basic reciprocating partner drill featuring pok sau and punch along with defense of a high outside punch. More>>>

Testing Out Sparring Poles

The search for the right tools to practice Dragon Pole techniques at full speed with accurate ranging was coming up short. These poles were built with foam, plastic, wood and duct tape. Initial testing shows excess flexibility but we are on our way! More>>>

6 Secrets for Building Blinding Speed for Attack and Defense

Effective techniques, whether offensive or defensive in nature, require sufficient power applied to the proper spot at the proper time. To create maximum power and to deliver it where required, you need speed. Additionally, while being far from a replacement for timing, proper positioning and overall good technique, speed can help compensate for shortcomings in any of these areas. More>>>

Your Hips are your Engine but your Feet are your Wheels

Yiu ma or the Wing chun turning stance is our primary power generator when range or time does not allow for forward movement, so it pays to get it down. Yiu ma comes from the hips but it starts or ends at the feet. Huh? Think of it like this..... More>>>

3 Common Problems with Chain Punches

Are your punches faulty? Chain punches are easily the most recognizable technique in wing chun. More>>>

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