While there are many different types of kicks you can use when you are defending yourself.
Wing Chun is known for low kicks. Generally speaking, when it comes to fighting the easier a technique is the better chance you have of pulling it off.
For example, Roundhouse kicks to the head and body can be more easily countered than say a low roundhouse kick. Another example could be spinning back kick.
While it’s a very powerful kick, it also leaves you exposed while you are spinning.
This is why I like low kicks like the ones seen in the Wing Chun system of kung fu.
Kicks are great long-range weapons. They are best used when your opponent isn’t expecting them. You can also combine low kicks with a lop (grab) like you see Sifu Phu doing on the wooden dummy.
If you don’t have a Muk Jong to practice these kicks on you can always get creative. I practiced these kicks on fence poles, chairs, and telephone poles. I even made a habit of opening doors that don’t have door nobs with slant kicks & front kicks.
Related Questions About Wing Chun
Is Wing Chun Effective In A Fight?
Wing Chun can be effective in a street fight. It really depends on the practitioner more than it does what style the person does. Wing Chun doesn’t rely on strength.
Because of this to properly learn wing chun it takes years of training to really understand the ins and out’s of the style. However there is a ton of practical self defense techniques you can learn from Ving Tsun.
Do Any MMA Fighters Use Wing Chun?
Tony Ferguson: (who was born on February 12, 1984) is a professional mixed martial artist from the United States.
In the current season of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, you can find him competing in the Lightweight division (UFC). He has held the title of Interim UFC Lightweight Champion in the past.
Ferguson made his debut in 2008 and has been with the UFC ever since he won The Ultimate Fighter 13 in 2011. Ferguson made his debut in 2008.
Freestyle wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and Wing Chun are some of the other martial arts he has studied. As of the 16th of May in 2022, he holds the ninth spot in the lightweight rankings in the UFC.
Anderson Silva: Anderson Silva is widely regarded as one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters ever and a true innovator in the sport.
During the height of his career, Silva was an enigma, and his standup routine was years ahead of its time. Additionally, it is common knowledge that he enjoys multiple styles of martial arts, including JKD, Wing Chung, and Kung Fu, among others.
There are a lot of videos that show Silva practicing Wing Chun moves on a wooden dummy, just like there are a lot of videos that show Ferguson doing the same thing.
You may already be aware of this, but Silva is notoriously ungainly when fighting at close range.
When we look at his fights, we can see him grabbing the wrists of his opponents and throwing some very unusual faints. His fight against Stephen Bonnar at UFC 153 is the best illustration of this point.
Additionally, in order to counteract the opponent’s movement, Silva employed a high volume of oblique kicks, which consisted of push kicks to the front and sides of the knee.
On top of that, we witnessed him employing a variety of intercepting moves against Bisping in addition to other techniques such as Bong Sao and Mang Geng Sao.
I am sure there are many more Martial Art Athletes that have incorporated Wing Chun into their mixed martial art.
Now it’s your turn: Have you seen these kicks before? If not are you going to go practice them? If you have seen these kicks or used these kicks what has your experience been with them?
Talk to you soon,
Sifu Larry Rivera