Kicks aren’t popular WingChun techniques … or are they?
WingChun kicks aren’t well known, and that’s too bad. Although it doesn’t use fancy Capoeira or high-flying Taekwondo kicks, a well-trained WingChun artist uses kicks effectively.
Borrowing from its Southern Shaolin Kung Fu style, WingChun kicks are aimed low. Typically to the floating ribs and below.
Here are the four common kicks you’ll see used by WingChun artists. Master these WingChun techniques and you won’t feel like you lack any kicking skills.
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1) Stomp Kick
This kick is one of my favorite WingChun techniques. It’s an ultra-short kick. When fully extended, a stomp kick reaches about the same distance as a straight punch (not far at all).
Have you seen a Charlie Chaplin movie? Remember how Chaplin walks? With his knees spread out and his heel landing on the ground first?
That’s pretty much how you throw a stomp kick.
It’s powerful and killer. It’s short and fast, and the force is delivered down with the heel. The main targets are the knees, shins, and ankles. All this combined also makes the stomp kick difficult to see and counter.
In a pinch, I’ve seen a few artists deliver a stomp kick to the opponent’s hips or bladder. Thank goodness I wasn’t that opponent.
2) Front Kick
Another favorite. It’s a fast kick, and when you train it well you can deliver it with little telegraphing (giving away the fact that you’re going to kick). This is the common front kick you see in many other styles.
But, a personal pet peeve is when martial artists use a front kick to “push” their opponent.
It’s a kick, not a push.
The strike should explode into the target. It’s delivered with either the ball of the foot or the lower shin in an upward direction.
If you have trouble with it make sure to train your WingChun techniques.
The best target for the front kick is the groin. (Boy or girl it hurts like hell.)
Other targets are the gut, the floating ribs, and in the right situation — the head.
The right situation means … when your opponent is bent over in pain and has lowered his or her head to waist level. Waist level (groin level) is a great height for a front kick to the face.
3) Side Kick
Not my favorite, because I need to improve mine a lot.
It’s the longest distance kick.
The direction of the force is straight out from the kicker into the target. Kind of like a straight punch with the foot.
Again, this is a kick and not a push. When you throw a side kick you want the impact to explode into the target, not push him or her away.
The impact is delivered with either the heel or the knife of the foot.
It’s also a versatile kick.
With very little adjustment to the body, you can deliver it in almost any direction from the kicking leg’s side of the body.
Out in front of you, to your left or right side (from the same side of the kicking leg; not across the body), and behind you (at this point many martial artists would call it a back kick, but it looks and feels like a side kick thrown behind you).
4) Round Kick
It’s basically the same round kick from other martial art forms. But keeping with WingChun philosophy there’s no over commitment like you’ll find with kickboxing.
In kickboxing, if the boxer misses the round kick the fighter will let the momentum of the kick spin him or her all the way around.
Not so with WingChun.
The angle of attack comes from the outside, in. Ideally, you want the target to be within the apex of the round kick’s arc. If you miss, the kick ends at the apex and you recover for the next move – there’s no merry-go-round spin.
The targets are the thighs, knees, torso, gut and ribs.
The blow is delivered with the top-of-foot-lower-shin and in certain occasions the ball of the foot.
If you see these WingChun techniques in a kwoon, they’re doing it for fun and showing off. It’s not smart to do these super hero, high-flying, flashy kicks on the street. There’s too much risk, and the chance of landing them are low.
However, you can use flashy kicks as a finishing move.
In other words, when your opponent is already dazed from your WingChun shock and awe attacks, and you have a near 100% chance of pulling off that fancy Mortal Combat kick with little risk to yourself. Go for it.
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I like Wing Chun kicks because they’re simple and direct, and can be performed with simultaneous arm blocks. Commonly I see (and use myself) the Kwan …