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'A Coach's Perspective'
On Wing Chun Chain Punching

Watch "WHAT REALLY is the function of WING CHUN'S chain punching method? WHO WERE the TRUE masters of it?" on YouTube

Hey, James can you look at this from a coach's perspective.

I think it's some good info.

Take care.

Big Ron

James' Analysis

I write the following prior to viewing the video.

Ron, in the bareknuckle and early gloved era, this was called "milling" which, as far as I know, was popularized by Mendoza the "Spanish Jew," who was also a fencer and stick-fighter. When one guards with the outside of the forearm and back of the hand, threatening to collide with any thumbs or knuckles, while protecting ones own thumbs reach is somewhat more limited than it is in modern gloved boxing. However, since thefists and elbows are kept within the outline of the body one has much opportunity for light of hand and one should move his hands for the following reasons:

-To bemuse the opponent by moving the hands a lot but punching little, forcing him to predict when that punch is licking out and with which hand.

-To offer a hazard to the punching wrist and thumb that might target the body and chin, in front of which the hands rotate.

-To conceal the relaxation of a whip punch prior to initiation.

-To conceal the tension developing for a stop, block or parry.

-To place one forearm [in rotation] in raking position, such as was used by John L. Sullivan, to clear an opponent's guard away prior to a punch with the other hand.

-To conceal the purpose of a hand that might be rising to gain a lateral or downward angle for throwing a backfist, hammer fist, chopper or pivot blow.

I have trained with Wing Chun, Cadena de Mano [Chain of Hands], Jeet Kune Do, Escrima and Silat men who have all been surprised that they were using old time British bareknuckle boxing methods.

I am glad the video has Jack Johnson in a still for the thumbnail window as he was the last proponent of this style, which only survives in gyms with the speedbag [which he plaid for quarters on the boardwalk while he told boxing stories in retirement] and the "shoeshine" flourish still popular among some African American fighters.

I write the following after viewing the video:

I really like this man's view on ego and tradition.

Note that the best Wing Chun men in Baltimore, Arturo Gabriel, boxed long before he took Wing Chun and that he is outranked by most of the men in Baltimore who have not a fraction of his practical experience and functional application.

The man in the video comes from the same background and understood this chain punching cult as an ossification of a punch cycling doctrine.

the functionality of the punch as cycled instead of mechanically retracted in a more gross manner is that:

-The elbows are left in front of the body to permit body shift to amplify power

-The hands are left closer to the target.

Note the functionality of cycling twice with the lead hand while moving to that side and thus beating down the guard with one punch and then riding over the guard with the second punch.

The Punishing Art

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