Holding opponent tight and driving knee to groin
We reviewed Wing Chun knee strikes in class today. The most important lesson: to deliver effective knee strikes, you must be able to "Grapple"...
We were all a little surprised when he said that.
Wing Chun isn't known for it's grappling. But what he taught made a lot of sense.
So today, we spent the class controlling the opponent's elbow, balance, and really moving our partners around.
Sifu continued: You have to be able to get deep into your opponent's space, get into very close range, and deliver a quick and explosive knee strike.
To do this, at this close distance, you're effectively using grappling techniques at the grappling distance.
One student, a white belt with a Karate background, was cocking back his kneeing leg, winding up his attack, to drive his knee all the way into his partners.
This knee strike approach is similar to other martial arts styles. But not in line with Wing Chun theory because he had to over-commit his own balance, it took too long to deliver the blow.
He telegraphed his intention (telling, through body language) that he was "setting up" for a knee strike. Not good.
This is not a Wing Chun style knee strike.
Knee to the head
Turn chin away, avoid corners
To deliver Wing Chun style knee strikes you really need to control the opponent's balance (by grappling, at a grappling distance).
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