The No Inch punch?
It's a Ging thing really .When it was first done in the 60's-totally new and unexpected.And the recipients were just as shocked as they flew backwards from a little flick of the wrist. Or so it seemed. With Youtube,DVD,video and slow motion-the proper mechanics can be analyzed to discover it was a whole body hit! From the floor thru the rear leg, calf,knee, hip rotation up the spine, down the shoulder and into the elbow with the wrist being the end of the body whip. While many would sat you learn that at the dummy level-it is superficially true.But short power ging starts day one with learning chain punching and all the way thru the system in developing short range technique,non telegraphic moves and sudden whole body energy.So the end result of it all is a small explosive hit-not shove-into the focused point of contact.
The issue is this-why? Because in a fight-where ever the hand lands,that';s where the hit starts from and drives though to finish it. So theoretically,if the hand was in contact already,your bio mechanics should be able to generate force into the opponent-with power-even if there was less then an inch away.
Things to look for in a correct short power punch-or as it is correctly called-duen ging(short power) or chuen ging(inch power). 1) NO PULLBACK !- WATCH MOST DO IT AND THEY MAY START AT AN INCH OR SO BUT WHEN THEY HIT- YOU CAN SEE THEM PULL BACK THE FIST AND ELBOW AND THEN HIT- 2) Shove vs. Hit-most shove the person back by pushing and over extending their bodies to make them move. A HIT is meant to have speed and snap. And in real life a good hit drops the opponent straight down to the ground-not flying 6 feet backwards. 3) Leg and hip rotation. No horse,no hips,no root,no power rotation,no kung fu! 4) All the joints and movements must flow into 1 smooth line into the point of contact-even the head looking at the target. One piece of the chain being off and you lose power and focus.
In Wing Chun we say "Sam Dim,Yut Sin"- 3 points, one line. It means the obvious-lining everything up into a focused point. Much like when the Star Wars death star fires it's lasers..
Please vist our Laughing DragonWingChun Facebook page for video examples of inch power hitting.
Pak On !
...with a Cherry on top!
The Wing Chun Baat Jam Dao, or butterfly swords- are the pinnacle of the system. It is the ultimate as the Wing Chun road ends for many. Not so. While the knives do teach you how to extend your hand and reach,they also give you functional muscle strength in all ranges of motion for your Wing Chun. But what the knives are suppose to be teaching you is the art of finality.One cut,one slash,one stab-DONE! NOT ALL THE DOUBLE BLADE BLOCKING AND SLASHING THAT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING UN WING CHUN.
With that last statement, I am referring to Wing Chun laws,mindset and philosophy and not just my opinion. If we have a WHOLE system that says less is more, simultaneous ATTACK with Defense then why would the knives and pole be different. "Well,because"... Can't be, just from a logic standpoint. First logically,you have to know your knife and your form. Is it a stab/ slash knife with a stab/ slash form ? Or do they not agree with regards to weapon and form ? A meat cleaver knife needs a form that is very "choppy".
Examine both and see what you come up with.Then do the moves you use to breakdown the form make sense from our Wing Chun point of view. If not-then you need to examine something. Is your technique leaving you open,pointing you in the line of fire for a counter attack?Is you position with relation to the opponent and the attacking weapon a safer place for you to be as you apply your technique?
A lot of questions ...
Pak On !
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Thank you for taking the time to read this. I have been involved with Wing Chun since I was 13. I am a dinosaur now at 57 .I have seen huge things come,go,get better and worse in this art. I have been under the radar so to speak for many years, and just know to a lot of insiders while I have watched-well frankly-sub standard and just wrong-Wing Chun people teach and soapbox all over the internet. With a background in Oriental Medicine,Acupuncture,Exercise Physiology and experience-I hope to really add something to the Wing Chun community as well as the up and coming Wing Chun practitioners. Some blogs will be long, some short, some video as well.Some will be on Wing Chun, some on Dim Mak and some on other arts that will be pertinent to a discussion from a Wing Chun point of view.
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