Friday 25 June 2010

Week 12

Punching: Got warmed up by punching out a pyramid to 13.

Footwork – basic stepping footwork, then added single and double punch. Final combo was double punch followed by elbow (folding wrist into chest). Then moved onto the pads to work double punch and elbow combo.

Arm drag series: remove and double palm push, remove and swing back and attack, remove and uppercut and head control

Pad circuit

Saturday 19 June 2010

Week 11

Footwork: basic stepping and then stepping with punching to the count. An interesting development was chain punching then moving to the count whilst chain punching. A subtle way to work on integrated co-ordination and torque alignment with upper and lower parts of the body.

Anti-grappling; grip breaking:
Initially we investigated different ways of breaking single hand to single hand breaks. First thing is to hit, work the break whilst hitting. All involved rotations of wrist and elbows.
High double hand grab: Give forward energy, turn arms to high/low, step deep between his legs and shoulder butt into the same side chest of opponent. Same side as if not then you are crossing his centre and gifting him your back. Once bumped, follow up with a upward elbow, snake is for neck control and knee to lower limbs.

Pad training circuit: Usual pain and suffering. This session I was focussing more on speed than power. A few times my ego got the better of me and I started to go for power and technique got looser. It was also pointed out to me by a pad holder that my stance to too boxer (wide base)and not enough wing chun (narrow). Had to focus hard to maintain the Wing Chun stance probably because the wider base is more comfortable. Therefore easy. Walk the hard path.

First form: Apart from being a nice warm down, ran through the whole form once, starting to pick it up. First 3 sections OK, rest is vague at best.

Friday 11 June 2010

Week 10

3 drill: Investigated body shots from the backfist attack.
• Hit through to the abdomen, piston back inside to face followed by lap and hit to chin.
• As above initially but instead of piston, crappy chop to the outside gate and hit to chin.
• Backfist, step to the side, turn and hit to floating ribs.
• As above but fake the body shot and slide across his centre to other side and hit to body. The beauty of this technique is that the fake sets up the opponent to compact on one side on prep for the hit, as they load you pass to the other side and attack the open soft part of his body, complete with hit to the chin.

Martin touched on the limitations and positives of the 3 drill. In a previous post I touched on my ideas about the limitations of the drill. For Martin the key one he talked about was how it developed a certain muscle memory in terms of the expectations of movements due to happen in a given order. Your defence at times can be happening before the attack instead to being alive to it.

Pre emption pad training.

In the pre fight posture, ready to go, palms open and pointing at the target, elbows in, looking and talking to the chin, compact body, core activated, weight just off heels on balls and ready to drive forward.
• Partner flashes the pad, we had to close the distance and hot once with the right hand. Maintaining relaxation, giving nothing away (telegraphing), making sure the hand moves first and forward. Extend the elbow through the punch.
• As above but this time the partner steps forward with the pad and we had to meet and engage with the punch. Then moved into hitting with 3 punches.
Sparring ideas: Looked at use of mun sau (inquisitive hand) coming through to subtly trap the rear hand and hit to chin. Enter with punches to gain contact, trap and hit to chin.

Sparring: One side attack whilst the other defends. Stayed quite compact and relaxed, Martin said my stance was to shallow, I kept standing parallel at time, need to keep depth (just as in the 3 drill). Have to stay ground as I was coming high on my hits at times. Despite initial reservations, I really enjoyed the session. Took the hits and stayed calm, look forward to the rest of my martial life...

Saturday 5 June 2010

Week 9

3 drill warm up. It still amazes me the different feelings (tension, softness, skill) working with different people. Trying to be consistently consistent in the basics of the 3 drill

Grip breakers: Starting from the last resort and working backwards. The shoulder bump: Turn and step into his void as pointing the same side grabbed arm to the floor and bump with the shoulder to his shoulder/pec. Don’t go past his centre. This grip is tremendously hard to maintain if this is being done to you, it acts against the grabbers elbow then the bump breaks his balance. After the bump, lift the elbow up to his chin, sending the head to the sky.

We then looked at how using the same initial move above to taking the back. The arm that is being held, drop the knees as lifting the arm, rotate under whilst leaning on him until at his ¾, takedown or move out and hit.

Only the brave:
Use of the head butt, separate the arms of the grab, drive from the legs up into the soft parts of the face with the hard parts of your head. Just above the hairline, not the forehead.

Another idea is the thumb smash into 2 hand to one control (with the little finger, chase the thumb then run away from it). Finally the smallest, bread and butter motion, hand roll to the thumb and press into inside gate lap.

When grabbing to control:
(no thumb) look to hit off by popping elbow up and forward, pak and punch entry, feed energy to him and hit. Make sure the non striking hand is kept with forward pressure as hitting with the other hand. Contact keeps his brain engaged, gaps give time for reactions.

With strong and solid partner, turn elbow so own elbow uses his as a lever to turn his shoulders, drop the shove (pop elbow) against his upper arm without breaking initial contact and hit, use off-lining footwork.

Entry punching:
Not looking to KO, looking to enter in his space and get him on the back foot and in negative posture. Coming in from out of range feels silly as we are hitting the air. Ensure the left arm is straight and high and the chin is tucked down and into the deltoid. Prevents head shock from a powerful hit. One of the limitations with the wing chun stance, as outlined by Martin is the gap between the chin and the shoulder when entering into an opponent. Simply does not offer enough real world protection. When used with aggressive body language this can add to the disruption of his balance and posture as he will know that it is on and not shadow boxing. Kau sau control and hit. Ping back elbow against their natural reaction to forward pressure is to push against it.

Friday 4 June 2010

Class notes: lat sau and 3 drill limitations

Lat Sau: Corrections and points to note; make sure both hands hit towards the face and go over the previous punch. Just need to make sure I stay present and focussed.

The change: on the long (inside) punch, feel the pressure from the arm into the feet and step to adjust balance accordingly. Don’t keep tension in the shoulders to avoid being moved or bounced.

Elbow lap: Ensure forward pressure punches, thus making him believe the content of the hits, off the inside punch, keep the hands alive and lap at the forearm and pivot his centre and hit to the body and finish with a head shot.

Body shots: Practised on static opponent to develop the correct range and body mechanics. Start by standing opposite partner in classical stance, falling side step to transfer weight to the front foot and turn hips for torque. Penetrate his core with good solid hits. Essential to never forget that a body shot equals open head, if you are going to hit to the body, make him puke and scream otherwise it is probably worthless.

Kau Sau; Insert the pak and punch to gain entry, keep forward pressure through the defended punch and bring the hand back to clasp the elbow to lift and give the good news. If we meet a dude with solidity and won’t turn the shoulders, use his tension to step around to take his ¾, hit to body then to the line from the ear to the chin.

3 drill corrections and points to note: backfist over, imagine trying to break the nose
Keep hitting forward and through to the centre
Keep wu sau up in defence
To night I was much more present in trying to keep my shoulders square and not to turn on laps.

Ended with another pad training cicuit. Good mental training moreso than physical for me as I am learning to stay present in the moment and trying not to think of the pain and suffering...

Martin poised the questions of what are the limitations of the 3 drill and lat sau. Here are my ideas and I look forward to being corrected.
• They are static in nature and focus entirely on the torso.
• Kicks, multiple opponents and weapon awareness appear to be outside of the drill.
• Are they only to be done on the feet? Can they be done on the knees, floor, sitting?
• Becoming a slave to the drill, doing rather than exploring? That perhaps could be to do with the practitioner over the drill.
• It is wing chun against wing chun as oppossed to street style work