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June 2016

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Wing Chun in Full Contact

Hello all,

Has anyone experienced or knew of Wing Chun training in full contact events? If so what is your opinion on it and any such advice you might have? How did would you (or have you/others) worked your Wing Chun to the event?

Beyond the obvious lack of finger jabs to the eyes and attacks to the throat, I feel that something Wing Chun can use in almost any type of full contact sporting would be the close-range sticking and manipulation of arms/balance. I've had great success with this facet most of all when I would open spar others at various degrees of intensity. That is the one thing I have not see other styles utilize, thus my partners always note and respect this ability after they witness and/or experience it.

I have a Sanshou Leitai event coming up in May. Beyond conditioning and getting "fighting fit", anyone have any words to share?


I have not personally had experience in full contact events. I've been in illegal fights that were full contact, but I don't think that's what you had in mind.

I really think that the only way that Wing Chun would have a place in sport fighting is if you were to cross train in other MMA disciplines. The rules for such events usually preclude about 50% of Wing Chun techniques, and definitely give the advantage to techniques involving strength and the ability to take a hit.

We have several students who train for cage match fighting down in Mexico and they definitely find that Wing Chun techniques give them a distinct advantage over boxer type strikers. Our leg techniques also give us a distinct advantage as most people don't expect us to do much with our legs, apart from low level kicks and such.

We see leg techniques as being the best fight-stopping techniques we have (which is a bit of a surprise to people who think that Wing Chun is all about hands). You break someone's leg and the fight is over. Think Kuntao Silat and how they control their opponent's legs while striking. Very similar.