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Only 2 Proper Ranges for Wing Chun

There are many ways to address the topic of range for hand-to-hand fighting. However, if you cannot understand the general, the specific will be useless.
 Before delving into more detailed conceptions of fighting ranges, it would do Wing Chun fighters much good to fully understand just these two ranges.   Happy Training… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/only-2-proper-ranges-wing-chun/

Using Bong Sau to Stop a Hook

In this video, David helps Sifu Nick demonstrate an unexpected use for Bong Sau.
In this video, David helps Sifu Nick demonstrate how to use Bong Sau to take off a hook punch.   Happy Training, R.E.D. Light Wing Chun Phoenix, Arizona http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/using-bong-sau-stop-hook/

Comprehensive Wing Chun Dummy Part 4

Fighting applications from the 2nd section of the Wing Chun Dummy Form.
 In this video we take a look at some of the possible fighting techniques from the 2nd section of the Wooden Dummy form.   Happy Training, Sifu Nick Edmonds Red … http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/comprehensive-wing-chun-dummy-part-4/

Top 7 Reasons for Wing Chun's Back-Weighted Fighting Stance

Misconceptions about Wing Chun often come from conflation of training methods with fighting
Amazon.com Widgets   Misconceptions about Wing Chun often come from conflation of training methods with fighting methods or from square-peg-round-hole situations. Our b… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/top-7-reasons-wing-chuns-back-weighted-fighting-stance/

2 Easy Takedowns for Chi Sau

Wing chun is a complete art encompassing striking, locking, throwing. Often in Chi Sau throws/ takedowns are underrepresented. Here are a couple of techniques to jumpstart your practice.
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7 Ways to Get Hit Less During Chi Sau

Everyone gets hit playing Chi sau. If you are not getting hit you need better partners. What you want to develop is a lower exchange rate. That is you earn hits more often than you deserve hits. If you find yourself getting caught by the same...
Everyone gets hit playing Chi sau.  If you are not getting hit you need better partners.  What you want to develop is a lower exchange rate.  That is you earn hits more ofte… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/how-get-hit-less-during-chi-sau/

Training Method vs. Fighting Method: Sorry, Chain Punches Are Not Magic

One of the most recognizable techniques in Wing Chun is the Chain Punch or Lin Wan Kuen. It is overused, misunderstood, over-rated AND
 One of the most recognizable techniques in Wing Chun is the Chain Punch or Lin Wan Kuen. It is overused, misunderstood, over-rated AND you should train it until you can do … http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/training-method-vs-fighting-method-sorry-chain-punches-are-not-magic/

What is the Best Headgear for Wing Chun?

There is headgear marketed for boxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, wrestling and more! But I have yet to find any specifically marketed for Wing chun practitioners. However, since heads are heads and punches are punches...
There is headgear marketed for boxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, wrestling and more! But I have yet to find any specifically marketed for Wing chun practitioners. … http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/what-best-headgear-wing-chun/

Graphing Chi Sau: This is Chi Sau, this is not....

Chi sau or "Sticky hands" is not a single, narrowly defined drill. Like Wing Chun's techniques, it is ultimately a concept and not a rigidly defined movement. Shape and position are a result of function. While not infinite in use or expression, it does ex…
Chi sau or "Sticky hands" is not a single, narrowly defined drill. Like Wing chun's techniques, it is ultimately a concept and not a rigidly defined movement. Shape and posi… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/graphing-chi-sau-chi-sau-not/

Building Better Bridges

6 Tips for Improving your Bridging skills. Without good bridging skills your Chi Sau skills will have very limited application for fighting. Here are a few ways to isolate and improve those skills.
Amazon.com Widgets 6 Tips for Improving your Bridging Skills Without good bridging skills your Chi Sau skills will have very limited application for fighting.  Here are… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/building-better-bridges/

Spring Arm Dummy Drills Part 2 -- Knife Work

Use of the Spring-Arm dummy, like the traditional dummies is only limited by the imagination.
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Spring-Arm Dummy Drills Part 1

There is so much that can be done with a Spring-Arm Dummy! Check out this video to get some ideas.
      Amazon.com Widgets For tips on how to build a dummy like this check out this fine article: How to Build an Even Better Spring-Arm Dummy http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/spring-arm-dummy-drills-part-1/

Impact Conditioning and Avoiding Hand Injuries in Wing Chun

Most 1st world human hands are not well conditioned for striking. As tool users, humans have hands best evolved for grabbing things, not for use as clubs. I advise students to avoid striking with any part of the hand other than the palm heel or hammerfi…
Amazon.com Widgets              Most 1st world human hands are not well conditioned for striking.  As tool users, humans have hands best evolved for grabbing things, not for … http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/impact-conditioning-and-avoiding-hand-injuries-wing-chun/

Countering Takedowns using Gum Sau

Sifu Nick demonstrates how to use Gum Sau to control spacing and defend against takedown attempts.
 Footage from a private lesson explaining how to use Gum Sau to control space and defend against a sweep.  Structure and range addressed.  Happy Training, Sifu Nick Edmon… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/countering-takedowns-using-gum-sau/

Moving the Line and Making Better Mistakes Tomorrow

You have a certain skill level and you want to advance it? Get used to making mistakes. No EMBRACE that you will make mistakes. If you are not, don't expect to get much better.
You have a certain skill level and you want to advance it? Get used to making mistakes. No EMBRACE that you will make mistakes. If you are not, don't expect to get much bett… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/moving-line-and-making-better-mistakes-tomorrow/

Strength Training for Wing Chun

If Wing Chun is about giving the practitioner the ability to defeat an assailant regardless of relative size or strength, why worry about strength training? Is strength training appropriate for Wing Chun practitioners? YES and depends...
If Wing Chun is about giving the practitioner the ability to defeat an assailant regardless of relative size or strength, why worry about strength training?  Is strength tra… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/strength-training-wing-chun/

Chi Sau is for PEST(s)

One of the crown jewels of Wing Chun training is Chi Sau. It becomes even more valuable when you know what it is for! Luckily, it is a short list. The things you should be learning from Chi Sau are *P.E.S.T. which stands for: proper Positioning, proper…
  One of the crown jewels of Wing Chun training is Chi Sau.  It becomes even more valuable when you know what it is for!  Luckily, it is a short list. The things you should … http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/chi-sau-pests/

Your Hips are your Engine but your Feet are your Wheels

Yiu ma or the Wing chun turning stance is our primary power generator when range or time does not allow for forward movement, so it pays to get it down. Yiu ma comes from the hips but it starts or ends at the feet. Huh? Think of it like this.....
     Yiu ma or the Wing chun turning stance is our primary power generator when range or time does not allow for forward movement, so it pays to get it down.  Yiu ma comes from th… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/your-hips-are-your-engine-your-feet-are-your-wheels/

3 Common Problems with Chain Punches

Are your punches faulty? Chain punches are easily the most recognizable technique in wing chun.
Amazon.com Widgets The chain punch is one of the most easily recognizable techniques within Wing Chun.  Training chain punches works hand speed, endurance, cycling of the h… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/3-common-problems-chain-punches/

5 Reasons Not to Use Your Thumb

Do you wonder why your Wing Chun Instructor tells you to not grab with your thumb? Sifu Nick at Red Light Martial Arts in Phoenix explains why.
Amazon.com Widgets                                                    Firstly we should avoid grabbing without good purpose. Avoiding over-commitment is paramount in good Wi… http://redlightmartialarts.com/blog/5-reasons-not-use-your-thumb/