Wing Chun Add-Ons
Listed below are the top 3 techniques that any Wing Chun fighter should incorporate into his or her self-defense repertoire. These techniques are from varying martial arts styles and hopefully can be integrated into your practice. No one doubts that Wing Chun is a complete system, but effective techniques are valuable tools regardless of where they come from. The reality is that there are many more trained and amateur martial artists out there these days, and it is a good idea to take this into account. These techniques are given with the idea of self-defense against an opponent with some martial arts or combat training.
- The Sprawl
The last place anyone really wants to end up in a fight is on their back, much less with their adversary on top of them. The single or double leg takedown, or even an old fashioned tackle can put you in that spot. It is a very low percentage risk to think that you can stop even a semi-trained grappler or athlete with strikes alone if they are diving in at close range for your legs or waist. If you cannot stop your attacker before they lock their hands together, chances are you will be going down.
The technique goes like this. You feel or see your attacker dropping their weight and reaching for your legs or waist; you start the sprawl just as or just before their hands make contact. Drop the weight of your upper body onto their back while essentially throwing your lower body backwards. This keeps your legs and waist out of their reach while putting your weight onto the attacker’s back and forcing them to the ground. If the attacker is at close range, or your legs are still within reach, you must establish underhooks or another way to keep them from getting a firm grip. Arch your back and keep your hips heavy while defending the takedown.
Situationally appropriate submissions, body locks, or strikes follow suit.
- The Thai Clinch
There can come times in a fight when the distance is too close, or the assault too heavy and the only good option is to grapple with your opponent. The Thai Clinch can be used in a similar fashion to trapping, and it can give a split second to slow the action and assess the situation. Knees, elbows, and short punches can be delivered from this position, and it can be used to off balance your opponent and then create distance and attack.
The clinch controls the opponents head, and thereby controlling their body. The hands clasp together at the base of the skull and pull the attackers chin into their chest, thereby pulling them forward and off balance. Your forearms squeeze together on either side of the opponents’ neck, elbows reaching towards each other. Use footwork and move with your whole body as you push and pull your attacker.
Learning the proper defense to a Thai Clinch is useful as well.
3.The Standing Guillotine Choke
This one is a perfect follow up to the sprawl defense of a takedown. Similar to a front headlock, the main difference is the choke itself. If you can get your opponent’s head down and under your armpit, loop that arm over their head so that your elbow is under their chin. Your hand reaches through to grasp your opposite hand. The forearm on one side and the bicep on the other side of the attackers’ neck. Squeeze. From here you can finish by arching you back and squeezing the opponents neck. Or use it a controlling position to whatever end.