Have you ever ridden a horse?

If you’ve never had the chance 646-562 to ride one of these magnificent beasts, I’m sure you’ve seen them in movies.

As you well know, the way that the rider directs the horse is by pulling the reins left and right and backwards to stop him.

In other words, we have this 1000 lbs. animal running at 30 mph being controlled by a light pull of its jaw, left or right, wherever the rider decides.

The idea is simple.


Where the chin/head goes, the body follows.

So, by controlling the chin, you control the body.

There is a reason why we mainly attack the head. It’s the center of command, and if you push or twist somebody’s chin you immediately take him off balance.

Now, this is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you are training with boxers. Boxers take special care to protect their chins, so that they don’t get knocked out, plus they train the muscles in their necks, making it very hard to redirect or move the head.

There are two solutions to this: Surprise and Hitting.


It’s always the blow that you don’t see that hurts the most.

Mike Tyson stated: ‘The object of really knocking out an individual is throwing punches where he can’t see’ (Check out the video with Mike Tyson where he teaches you how to do a knock out here).

You create surprise by hitting the body and then immediately, and I mean lightning fast, you go for the head.


Knockout baby!

The same goes for controlling the chin. If you want those neck muscles to be soft, so you can play with the head, you need surprise.

You create surprise by hitting the body or if your stepping is fast enough to close the distance, you hit the legs.

Keep in mind that controlling in a fight is very difficult. Control requires being high level in Wing Chun.

As Gary Lam stated, blowing somebody’s head off is easy, controlling needs skill.

Additionally, when you are playing with somebody’s neck, there is always the risk of breaking it.

If you’re thrown jail for defending yourself, you are not a very smart person.

So if you are controlling, be careful not to break the neck! It’s not a smart option, unless you are a serial killer in which case you should stop reading this blog!!!


In my opinion, if you want to control your opponent to do an arm lock or throw him to the ground, to avoid breaking his teeth with a strong straight punch, you need to have a hitting mentality first and controlling second.

It may sound like a contradiction, but if you want to control you first need to hit.


Once you’ve gone in with a blow to your opponent’s head and he’s trying to regain his balance or he’s rebounding to hit you back immediately, there is a fraction of a second when his mind is not in in the arms.

The arm muscles are basically soft, that’s when you can easily do a standing arm break.

I teach how to do this in my ‘Fighting Foundations’ video course.

In my opinion the best is hitting with your palms, you don’t break his teeth, so nobody can accuse you of using excessive force.

If your blow was strong enough and you’ve managed to haze him, you can go for the chin and lock him by twisting the chin and afterwards moving into a headlock or any controlling move that you prefer, I leave that up to you.

IMPORTANT: You cannot go in a fight with the controlling mentality. Control actions are secondary, while hitting remains the main action in Wing Chun.

Wing Chun is a striking art.

While breaking somebody’s arm can have severe legal penalties, trying to control too much will have a severe effect on your hospital bill.

I hope you found this information useful.

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Bogdan Rosu is the founder of the Leadership and Martial Arts Club ‘Empowerment Wing Chun’ in Bucharest, public speaker and published author. He has helped hundreds of people through his courses, workshops, seminars and publications raise their self-confidence, become better leaders, raise their income and enjoy authentic relationships.

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