8 Baby Steps to Get you Off the Line of Attack

 

When you are facing off against a partner/opponent that is making measured strikes and advances, you cannot expect large frame movements or multi-step techniques for your counter-offense. Unless you have a time travel machine, your opponent is on the same timeline as you. Every time you move, they have time to move too.  You need short, quick and efficient footwork to get you out of harms way and to position you to control your opponent.  These 8 baby steps will get you off the line and put you where you need to be to counter attack.

 

General notes for all following movements:

  • Clasped hands are in line with the center of the pelvis to show you where your centerline is and where it is pointing.
  • Grey arrows further indicate the direction the centerline (and hips) should face.
  • Red arrows highlight which foot has moved and from where.
  • The foot that is moved must also be weighted, otherwise your core line does not move off the line attack.
  • Notice the direction that the toes point in the photos. Foot placement and rotation will influence your body alignment all the way up the chain.
  • Where the weighted foot points effects, but is not necessarily identical to, the direction of the centerline.
  • All these steps will be found in your forms, but you may not be drilling and refining them in isolation. Do so with all movements!
  • Only 4 of the 8 steps discussed are actually depicted. Working all these steps from the opposite stance will yield you the promised 8 variations.

 

Left Baby Step , Centerline stays pointing at the opponent

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 (Fig 1) Begin by standing in your fighting stance (Chum Kiu Ma) with your right leg forward. Without shifting any additional weight to your front foot, pick up the rear foot and fall to the left and slightly forward. As you land, place the left foot on an angle to encourage your hips and torso to point in the direction of the opponent. Allow the lead foot to pivot as you make this step, but do not move it unnecessarily. All of this should occur as a single motion.

 

Application Example: Left Baby Step with Biu Sau/Punch

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 (Fig 2) In response to a high strike falling outside of your right arm, step left as depicted in Fig 1. Thrust your right arm forward into a Biu Sau position while punching with the left. The step and handwork should occur simultaneously so that your core line is moved of the line off the attack and both hands are powered by the turn of the hips.

 

Right Baby Step, Centerline stays pointing at the opponent

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 (Fig 3) Begin by standing in your fighting stance (Chum Kiu Ma) with your right leg forward. Step towards your right and sightly back, placing the right foot on an angle to encourage your hips and torso to point in the direction of the opponent. As soon as the right foot is placed, shift your balance onto your right foot. The left foot may pivot but does not need to relocate.

 

Application Example: Right Baby Step with Biu Sau/Punch

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  (Fig 4) In response to a high strike falling outside of your left arm, step right as depicted in Fig 3. Thrust your left arm forward into a Biu Sau position while punching with the right. The step and handwork should occur simultaneously so that your core line is moved off the line of the attack and both hands are powered by the turn of the hips.

 

Left Baby Step, Centerline leaves the opponent

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 (Fig 5) Begin by standing in your fighting stance (Chum Kiu Ma) with your right leg forward. Without shifting any additional weight to your front foot, pick up the rear foot and fall to the left and slightly forward. As you land, place the left foot on an angle to encourage your hips and torso to point up to 90 degrees away from your opponent. The lead foot may pivot as you make this step, but do not move it unnecessarily. All of this should occur as a single motion.

 

Application Example: Left Baby Step with Pok Sau/Punch

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 (Fig 6) In response to an incoming strike falling between the palms, step left as depicted in Fig 5. Check the punch with a Left Pok Sau while at the same time driving a right punch to the opponent's body. The step and handwork should occur simultaneously so that your core line is moved off the line of the attack, and the punch is powered by the turn of the hips. The Pok Sau will be relatively soft when combined with this turn of the hips.

 

Right Baby Step , Centerline leaves the opponent

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 (Fig 7) Begin by standing in your fighting stance (Chum Kiu Ma) with your right leg forward.  Push out of the back foot and turn and fall to the right. As you land, place the right foot on an angle to encourage your hips and torso to point up to 90 degrees away from your opponent. The other foot may pivot as you make this step, but do not move it unnecessarily. All of this should occur as a single motion.

 

Application Example: Right Baby Step with Pok Sau/Punch

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 (Fig 8) In response to an incoming strike falling between the palms, step right as depicted in Fig 7. Check the punch with a Right Pok Sau while at the same time driving a left punch to the opponent's body. The step and handwork should occur simultaneously so that your core line is moved off the line of the attack, and the punch is powered by the turn of the hips. The Pok Sau will be relatively soft when combined with this turn of the hips.

 

 Happy Training,

Sifu Nick Edmonds

Red Light Wing Chun Phoenix, Arizona

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