Defend the Centerline Elbow Out

Discussion in 'Wing Chun' started by SifuMcIlwrath, Dec 21, 2021.

  1. SifuMcIlwrath

    SifuMcIlwrath Grasshoppa

  2. johnnewman

    johnnewman Grasshoppa

    In Wing Chun the elbow always leads the way. As an example, in the Chum Kiu and Biu Gee forms, as the practitioner executes a cover action after the Fung Hao, if an attack is directed towards the practitioner’s centerline, the practitioner’s elbow needs to lead the way. This is because the elbow is closer to the centerline than the hand. Once this happens, the hand will automatically be placed in the proper position to defend against an attack. If we react with our hand first to protect the center, one will have a higher chance of getting hit because it takes the hand a longer time to reach the center. In addition, without proper elbow position, structure will also be lost and the opponent can utilize this to his/her advantage. Delay in reaction time and loss of structure are counter intuitive to Wing Chun’s direct action.

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