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Other aspects of Balance in Guangzhou Wing Chun

admin | 06 September 2016 | STQI Toronto, Wing-Chun | | 0 Comments   

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-“Gung” training – building one’s energy reserve/foundation (self practice), vs
-Technique Application training (partner drills/sparring).

Modern martial arts training these days puts a great deal of emphasis on sparring techniques, ie blocking or dodging an incoming attack, and in return delivering some form of counter attack (combination drills).

While this may work really well in a dojo environment because we are in training mode and we want to help one another achieve the techniques, however realistically a combination approach may not always flow smoothly according to plan because of the unexpected reaction of the opponent.

In GZWC we focus constantly on the quality of EVERY SINGLE movement, from horse stance to hand/foot work, from structure to the timing and angle of the movement delivery (self-practice).

When we do train with someone (partner drills/sparring) we can therefore take advantage of this opportunity to examine and fine-tune the techniques that we have been training on our own.

Both self practice and partner work are equally important. But I personally find that setting aside some time to train alone to have a better understanding of the purpose behind every movement will increase the success rate during partner work and outside the dojo.

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