Chi Zao teaches us to be very sensitive to our opponent. Once you have contact it is very easy to anticipate the opponent’s movements and go in to hit him, while defending at the same time.
Now, all that is Great, but what do you do when you don’t have contact?
After two years of training Wing Chun, I became pretty good at Gow Zao (sparring), and drills inside my school. I thought I was so good, my ego was just about to burst.
And it did burst one day, when I met with a friend from my old Karate School, this tall guy, with a very nice, long reach. We met to do some sparring.
While the whole thing went OK, I can’t say that it was easy.
I felt like a fish out of the water.
My friend was now studying Kyokushin Karate, and he was using only long distance fighting. I found it difficult to take advantage of all the visual cues he was giving me.
I didn’t train Wing Chun for long distance fighting, and I think it’s a major gap in most Wing Chun schools.
I mean you can become very good against other Wing Chun practitioners, and feel completely awkward once you meet a style like kickboxing, muay thai, or karate.
In my opinion, the best way to preapare your self to face these kind of fighters is to regularly spar with them and develop your skills.
Until you do that, here are some things that I’ve learned and use for Long Distance Fighting, and that I think you will find useful as well.
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