Are There Spinning Kicks in Wing Chun?

by B.
(Texas)

I used to study Taekwondo and now thinking about learning Wing Chun. Will I be able to use my kicking skills like a spinning kick in Wing Chun?
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Answer: The quick answer is no... but, if you know how to do it your sifu probably won't mind if you use it in class from time to time, especially as a finishing move.

However, you won't find a Wing Chun sifu that teachs AND trains his or her students how to execute a spinning kick during class.

Wing Chun places a lot of emphasis on stable expressive mobility, in Wing Chun it's called "Interruptability".

Simply put, it means being able to change direction and/or turn an attack into a defensive move or a defensive move into a simultaneous counter-attack -- in mid-flight.

In order to pull off "interruptability" it's vital that you don't OVER-commit to any move.

If you over-commit, you can't change directions or turn a defensive move into an attack (and vice-versa) until you've completed the initial move... regained your balance back to neutral... and then launch your next move.

For Wing Chun practitioners that takes too long!

Once you've launched a spinning kick (or spinning back kick) there isn't much you can do, until you've finished the move.

PLUS, a Wing Chun sifu won't purposely teach students any move that requires you to turn your back to your opponent (such as a spinning kick or spinning back fist).

Wing Chun artists spend their training career perfecting and using "both-hands-at-the-same-time".

When you purposely turn your back to your opponent, you can't use either hand AND you lose visual contact with your opponent.

Both are a big no-no for Wing Chun-ers.

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