“One day, while (Wong Shun Leung) was striking the wall bag, Grandmaster Ip Man was talking to Leung Sheung and said, “Look at the way this kid is looking at the wall bag as he hits it…It’s as if he’s hitting a person, not just a bag. I recon he’ll create a stink in Hong Kong within a year.”
Wong Shun Leung, the Legend by Lewis Luk and Cliff Au Yeung
The easiest and most certain skill you can develop is the ability to punch hard.
Its useless to develop the ability to get to the target (i.e., the rest of the WC system) if you can’t cause damage when you get there.
WARNING: I feel compelled here to remind everyone that this website is for entertainment purposes only and is not to be taken as advice: always work with a qualified instructor to put training techniques into practice! In other words, please don’t hurt yourself and then sue me!
This is a really tricky business, the conditioning of the hands. If you are going to hit anything hard, you need to prepare your hand. The hand is very delicate, with many small bones that can break easily (even though I think you will find that most of the injuries you will get will be from collisions with the other fighter’s hands during training — keep that thumb in!).
I have hurt my hands many times and have been forced into layoffs from training. Its easy to go too fast or to get excited one day and really blast the wall bag and end up with torn knuckles or some tendon injury. God knows what will happen to me in my 70s and 80s. I was stupid many times over the years and don’t want you to follow that bad example. You have to remember – you are a lot more likely to need that hand for typing and other fine motor activities than using it as a bludgeon.
So understand that you need to go VERY SLOW with this training!
Step One: You will need access to a wall bag.
I like the “one square” version (vs two or three square). I also prefer either real leather (which I don’t have) or this synthetic leather. I used to use a canvas bag and felt like a tough guy hitting it, but it kept tearing the skin on my hands. The shear force acts on the little wrinkles that form between your fingers when they land with force and causes these little tears that bleed (sometimes so bad you are sidelined).
The goal isn’t to toughen the skin on your fingers (which doesn’t last) but the bones and tendons of your hands (which will last a lifetime).
Now I just use the softer fake leather. The image below is the one hanging in my office (which I use as a target and do not hit hard). Note the use of metal rings and carabiner clips (both from a hardware store) – it took me a while to figure out this configuration! The clamps tying each end to the pole are from the plumbing section.