FIGHTING PRINCIPLES

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CHASING THE CENTER, NOT THE HANDS

The center of your opponent – not only the solar plexus but the entire vertical axis which passes through the center of the body – is the coveted target of a trained Wing Chun fighter. Guarding one’s own center while opening up the opponent’s center for attack is a critical skill taught to IWCA students.

FORWARD INTENT

Wing Chun’s stances and movements are designed to drive the entire body weight forward with a strong forward momentum or intent. Whereas most martial artists try to create distance between themselves and their opponent, a Wing Chun fighter always seeks to close the gap by employing simultaneous defense and attack.

This counterintuitive reaction will often surprise an attacker, and create a close-range combat situation in which the highly trained reflexes of a Wing Chun fighter will have a significant advantage.

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