In Kali class earlier this week. Combining the Hubud, a practical pummeling and entanglement exercise with the Wing Chun principles. Here’s a simple flow that we did in Jeet Kune Do class at the Tigard location.
This drill provides the fundamentals of proper range and tactile awareness. Layers of it will be used in sparring but you wouldn’t see two people permanently attached at the same range. Think of it more like the wrestling drills of wakizashi or wrist pummeling. The pattern helps orientate the student into the correct position with proper timing and build those foundations in muscle memory.
In our JKD class we have all skill levels from beginner to advanced and follow the Inosanto curriculum directly. For the closest local source to JKD in Portland, look no further than River City Warriors.
Wing Chun is a foundational skill in Bruce Lee’s JKD
One of the most valuable assets it provides is the ability to stay firmly inside the boxers middle range, but just outside of the range of the elbow. The goal is to occupy and take possession of the inside position. Much like in Muay Thai where you want the inside control of the neck for the clinch to knee.
That depth in Wing Chun can add another layer to your knowledge of range and timing. This is an video example of a foundational drill to gain the concept of this range known as the “Don Chi.”
In the most basic terms using this example we can establish these ranges as kicking, out boxing, middle range boxing, Wing Chun and trapping, knees and elbows, clinching and grappling. Using Wing Chun as a great transitionary range it retains its functionality. It gives you something to use during the space and time between pugilistic and the efficacy of the elbow.
In a sense it’s very singular in purpose, but I believe it has solid value in modern training methods. In today’s MMA one could be an incredible wrestler, or accomplished boxer, judo player etc. All of those are arts built on one specific range. That’s exactly how we can look at Wing Chun. A wrestler who dominates the field can take that one skill and own the UFC championship or defend themselves and their family. However in a sporting sense, they could find themselves out of their depth if they don’t become well rounded in today’s modern JKD and MMA. In closing I think under the right circumstances and situations Wing Chun is an incredible tool. At the very least it enhances ones knowledge of ranges, the center position, and lends a solid guard position to defend the midsection. This is just a handful of reasons why Wing Chun is still taught in our Jeet Kune Do class in Portland as well as other Inosanto affiliated schools around the world.