WC principles: Discussion 2, re footwork & kicking I'm just trying to kick off another thread in the same vein as the one started off by wcrevdonner, only in this one we're going to concentrate on footwork and kicking. Wing Chun is typically stereotyped as a static hand-only martial art, but this viewpoint could not be further from the truth. Observers from outside the system may see beginners, and others, perform the WC first form: Siu Nim (Lim) Tau (or Little Idea) which is indeed practiced in a static stance. The reason being that it helps to develop 'rooting', i.e. a stable stance. From a forms point of view, it is in the 2nd form: Chum Kiu (Searching or Sinking the Bridge) where the practitioner first practices turning, footwork and kicking. That is not to say this may not be practiced before encountering the 2nd form. A good school (IMO) will already drill the practitioner in these aspects of WC. The the basic Wing Chun stance (Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma) is a distinctive square-on pigeon-toed stance. However, the fighting stance looks (IMO) like any other fighting stance with a lead leg (rear heel in a line with the front toe). The major differences seem to be that you rest your weight on both feet rather than 'bob' up and down on the balls of your feet; and you face square-on to the opponent rather than blading the body, so as to maximize the number of weapons, i.e. hands, you can bear on to the opponent. I'm just going to whizz through the rest now since I'm getting a bit tired of typing (I may come back later to add more if required): WC footwork should be fast, like a western fencer's You don't just charge in; you can step off the line and attack down another angle (from the outside gate) Kicks are along the centre-line, usually no higher than the waist, but I've seen it as high as the sternum. I don't think I've seen kicks as high as the head, unless the head in question is been bought down to nearer the ground. Kicks are delivered through the heel or whole foot rather than the ball of the foot. This makes more sense in the range that WC is operating in, i.e. within arms reach. It is also arguably structurally stronger - but I'm sure there will be dissenters on this point. There is a lot of joint destruction (knee, ankle) in mind in WC kicking, and if that fails then it should help with upsetting the opponent's balance. If a kick misses, it can be converted into a trip or sweep if the conditions are right (opponent's position and weight distribution). Kicking is frequently used as a distraction when your hands get into trouble, e.g. trapped in one way or another. A bit of trivia to round off ... the WC kicks have been called 'no-shadow' kicks or 'under the dress' kicks. You may have seen pictures/films of traditional Chinese scenes where a man is wearing a kind of long robe/gown with slits down the sides. The gown is typically about mid-calf in length and hid the WC kicks extremely well. Hence the other terms for the kicks. *EDIT* Forgot to add defence against kicks ... WC uses the legs to deal with legs on the whole. There are different points that you can attack in the lifetime of the opponent's kick. I can't remember anywhere near all of them. Kick the kick as the foot leaves the floor. The best possible scenario - pre-emptive. How to deal with fakes? Dunno, rush in? Opponent's kicking foot is off the floor, step into the arc of the kick and attack the supporting leg. There's quite a lot more to it but I can't remember it all. This is not actually something I've done myself since I am a noob. I'll see if I can dig an article up soon.