Read our exclusive interview with Sifu Wan Kam Leung. A true legend of Wing Chun.
"Can you tell us how you developed Practical Wing Chun?
As I’ve trained other styles before and have always had a general curiosity in all martial arts, I used to test what I learned in Wing Chun against other martial artists of differing styles.
I’ve had a lot of successful experiences, but also some great defeats. Each defeat made me think about my own training, and I tried to find out where my techniques were insufficient.
Master Wan, although there are elbow strikes in Wing Chun, we never see ‘boxing hook’ style punches, despite the mechanics being almost identical to elbow strikes. Why are there no ‘hook punches’ in Wing Chun?
While I believe “hook” punches to be very powerful, they do not follow one essential principle of Wing Chun: covering your own center line.
Many fighters focus on hitting the opponent’s center, but they miss out on the principle of covering their own. Each technique has to allow you to do that, and the punch is not exception. That is why we focus a lot on the 135˚ angle, which allows you to protect your center while attacking.
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