How important is knowledge to you?
There are mainly two areas that make you grow: training and applied knowledge.
While training and conditioning is of the essence, understanding what you are doing and how things work, will save you both time and money. You will get to where you need to be faster than you’ve expected.
Training is not enough.
Just because you’re cooking all the time, doesn’t make you a great chef.
At the same time, understanding without practice doesn’t help you at all. Just like finding out that there’s oil under your farm without ever digging a hole to find it.
In other words, acquiring and applying knowledge is the way to mastery in any area of your life. Bruce Lee said it best, “knowing is not enough, we must apply”.
So my advice would be to spend some time acquiring knowledge, understanding what you are doing, asking more questions, doing some research.
And then immediately applying it! Don’t wait!
It will pay off! I guarantee it!
So, let’s talk about the ‘how to’, about what you can use to develop speed.
Here are 5 ways I’ve used to grow my speed and explode the power.
Power and speed come from relaxation.
Wing Chun without relaxation,mental and physical, is senseless.
For me it was a very difficult concept to assimilate in the beginning, but learning to hit while being relaxed is of the essence.
Force = Mass * Acceleration
The mass that you’re using to hit is more or less the same, unless you gain 100lbs overnight.
So, a faster way to increase force is by increasing the speed of your punch.
This is only possible through relaxing the arm muscles and isolating only the muscles that you are using to explode the power into your opponent.
If you want to learn more about how to relax yourself for fighting you can read ‘5 Ways to Relax Yourself for Fighting’.
2. Start hitting stuff!
The main action in Wing Chun is Hitting.
One of the best ways to develop both speed and power is punching the wall bag.
The main focus in punching the wall bag is again being relaxed while delivering power. I can’t stress this enough.
If you are a beginner in Wing Chun I would advise you not to hit full power, you will damage your knuckles and tear off the skin, which means no punching for two weeks.
Go easy on the bag, in the beginning. Focus on having your forearm muscles loose, like pieces of cloth.
In time, both power and knuckles will be stronger.
Once you feel that your knuckles can take the extra power, you can start to focus on speed. Push yourself on becoming faster every time.
3. To be fast you first need to be slow
You need coordination.
I used to have this problem a lot in the beginning, while doing chain punching. When accelerating my punches, I would hit my arms one against the other.
There is no speed without coordination. What’s the point of being fast if you hit your retracting arm?
The fastest way your body learns what it has to do, is while practicing in a slow, loose manner. It’s when your muscle memory is fully stimulated.
And yes, there is such a thing as muscle memory.
Think about it! When are you most likely to memorize something? When you under pressure or while you are relaxed maybe listening to some nice music?
Be slow and precise at first!
Later, you will add power and speed to your precision, making it very hard to hit you.
4. Wing Chun Structural Power
Being fast also means having structural power.
Think of a cannon with a weak support.
No matter how strong the cannon will be, if the support doesn’t hold, the result will always be a mess. You cannot have power without the structure to hold it.
Structure first comes from Siu Nim Tao, from sinking and sitting.
Structure allows you to deliver inch power. And yes, this is also called being fast.
For example, if you have your hand at your opponent’s solar plexus, for whatever reason, and he gets ready to hit you with a hook, you can deliver a short range inch power punch into his chest, disrupt his structure and then IMMEDIATELY go in to hit the head and finish the fight.
You get the advantage for two reasons: the hit is invisible, he doesn’t see nor expect it, and if you have structural power it does damage at the same time.
So, structure is definitely something worth spending time to acquire.
There is no kung fu without it.
5. Don’t think, feel!
Feeling is believing.
So stop thinking!
If you need time to think it’s already too late.
You need to learn to let your subconscious do all the fighting for you. You don’t need to think about it. All you need to know is how to do it and PRACTICE.
You need to learn to become Automatic, like a Machine.
You will be very difficult to defend against.
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