If you want to overwhelm your opponent with a rapid blast of lightning fast punches, then Wing Chun is the Martial Art for you. Remember Bruce Lee? The man, the myth, the legend? He was a practitioner of Wing Chun and learned from the most famous master of the art, IP Man. If you don’t know IP Man’s story, look it up, you won’t be sorry. Wing Chun was the foundation and most influential Martial Art in Bruce Lee’s life.
Wing Chun’s style of punching is different than what most are used to. The punches are straight and are focused around or near the centerline of the body. The power of these punches comes from the body like most other martial arts, but much focus is put on developing intense power in a short distance. Ever heard of the “One Inch Punch”? That punch is from Wing Chun. Wing Chun was originally developed by a woman in order to defeat opponents bigger than oneself by getting inside of their reach, redirecting any punches coming your way, and countering with powerful chain punches. From what I was taught, for every move your opponent makes, you make at least two, and you are relentless. As soon as they give any space or back off or drop their guard, you come in and hammer them. If they try to hit you, you use their energy against them, deflecting it while simultaneously hitting them. In Wing Chun you are always moving forward. A lot of kung fu is difficult to apply in the real world; however, Wing Chun is very effective at getting inside your opponent and overwhelming them with so many punches that you knock them off balance and continue to hammer them. Bruce Lee is one of the most legendary fighters of the world and there is a reason why. Give it a try and mix the fundamentals of Wing Chun in with your other Martial Arts, you won’t be sorry.