Grip and Wrist Training

“There are no wrists in boxing…The forearm and the fist should be used as one solid piece, like a club with a knot on the end of it. The fist should be kept on a straight line with the forearm and there should be no bending of the wrist in any direction.
Bruce Lee in Tao of Jeet Kune Do

If you start conditioning your hands using a wall bag or a heavy bag, you’ll quickly discover the weak link in striking.

Bruce Lee grip 2Its in the wrists.

Strikers should pay a lot of attention to strengthening their grip and their wrists.

Developing your striking power has many parts.  You must learn to use the ground.  You must learn to use your structure.  You must relax.  You must move in a coordinated fashion (Sam Yi Hap Yat).

As your capacity to deliver force increases, you will probably reach the point where you discover your wrists have a dangerous tendency to buckle.  This is especially likely to occur when training on a heavy bag or a “banana” bag.  These bags swing and move and will reveal what happens when you strike a target with your wrist in a less than perfectly aligned position.

The wrists and the grip also come into play in actions like the Lap Sau, the Toi Sau, and the various pulls.

Having supple but strong wrists and a powerful grip will amp up your game in many ways.

Bruce Lee was notoriously finicky about developing this part of his body, as you can see from these photos.

You can see it with boxers and MMA types also.  This is one of the things developed by hitting a big tire with a sledgehammer.  Old time boxers like Gene Tunney and Dempsey used to chop wood.
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Tackling the Tackle

“From what I have seen in the ‘UFC’ matches, in my own training, and various other situations, it is clear that standing right in front of the attacker and expecting to “blow him away” with the deadly ferocity of our counter-attack is simply not realistic. Meeting his/her force head-on in that manner is crazy.”
David Peterson from his article, “Tackling the Tackle”

Wing Chun has no ground game.

Thus, we have two options.

We need to avoid being taken down (by being good at attacking the head viciously) or we need to study another art which specializes in this grappling or ground range.

I recommend both.

I’ve studied enough Brazilian Ju Jitsu to handle myself against someone who doesn’t know much but has knocked me down with sheer weight or surprize, which I hope is good enough to save my bacon if I accidentally run into a competent ground fighter for some crazy reason.  I know even less Greco-Roman wrestling, but a little bit.  A few tricks really.

I’m just not a fan of rolling around on the ground getting choked out or having my face ground into the mat.  I’ll take my chances that in the real world, I can avoid competent wrestlers/BJJ guys and that I can keep the fight standing long enough to finish it.

But its good to have a plan for every contingency.  In this article, David Peterson recommends what I believe we call “goat ma,” which is a sort of move similar to what a bullfighter does with the bull, footwork derived from the knife form.

Tackling the Tackle by David Peterson

See below, when Sifu Wong turns his whole body away (from the incoming weapon point), this is Goat Ma.

Charlie Hunnam on Wing Chun

John Teller: [voiceover] The older I get, the more I realize that age doesn’t bring wisdom. It only brings weary. I’m not any smarter than I was 30 years ago. I’ve just grown too tired to juggle the lies and hide the fears. Self-awareness doesn’t reveal my indiscretions; exhaustion does.

Charlie_Hunnam_on_Wing_ChunI’m a latecomer, but my wife and I are in the last stages of a Sons of Anarchy binge watch.

Seasons 1 and 2 were pretty good, Season 3 was lame, and Season 4 and 5 were excellent.

Two more to go!

So I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled on this interview.  I don’t know why I enjoy the validation of “celebrities” endorsing my style, but it is satisfying!

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Wong Shun Leung: King of the Talking Hands

If you think you’ve already seen ‘Wong Shun Leung: the King of Talking Hands’ then you ain’t seen NOTHING yet!!!

I have to say, I was a little confused.

Director John Little (Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey) has been working on a documentary on Wong Shun Leung for several years, called Wong Shun Leung: King of the Talking Hands.

The producers have a Facebook page called The Wong Shun Leung Fundraising Appeal, which is like a Kickstarter campaign to finish the film.  They released a 11 minute teaser for the movie a while back, which I wasn’t able to feature here but you can see on my Snake vs Crane Facebook page.  They didn’t put it on Youtube and you can’t embed video uploaded only to Facebook on another site (as I do all the time with Youtube).

Then one of my kung fu brothers brought the video below to my notice, advertising another film by the same name, this one apparently directed by Wang Zhi Peng (in cooperation with Chinese State Television) and translated by his student Jai Harman (there is a video of them below doing a Lap Sau based training session).

Then I found this statement of the Facebook page of the producers of the other film: ” If anyone has been confused by another short video clip doing the rounds here on Facebook, purporting to be THIS documentary project …  it is most definitely NOT connected with this project … the GENUINE full-length first-of-it’s-kind documentary tribute to the late Sifu Wong Shun Leung is well on its way to completion and will be released (hopefully) on the world stage by the middle of 2015… If you think you’ve already seen ‘Wong Shun Leung: the King of Talking Hands’ then you ain’t seen NOTHING yet!!!”

I feel bad for John Little and his producers!  I mean, everyone knows they called Wong “King of the Talking Hands,” so I guess that isn’t something you can copyright, but anyone who has been paying any attention knows they have already been making this film for years.

Reminds me of 1998 and the competition between Deep Impact and Armageddon!

Here’s hoping we ge two well-made and complimentary Wong documentaries – I think there is room for both, just like there is room for all the various interpretations of the Wing Chun system itself (although from what I’ve seen so far, I think Sifu Wang is a great fighter but John Little is an experienced director of documentaries)!


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