How do you train striking power in Wing Chun?

The first point of training is usually the wall bag. This piece of training equipment essentially represents the strongest, most grounded opponent you will ever meet. In Wing Chun we learn to drive all our body power into the wall Bag, which soaks up the impact force without yielding, this in turn puts stress on the joints of the body and over time strengthens them, it also conditions the striking surface of the hands. From extensive wall bag training, the Wing Chun practitioner develops very strong punching power and body structure.

Further training for striking power and techniques comes from pad and bag work and of course we have the wooden man which is unique to the Wing Chun system in terms of its use, the Jong being representative of a very strong and rooted opponent. The Jong teaches us correct footwork and positioning with co-ordinated body structure and bridging power. Often Wing Chun punching is mis-understood, and applied more like a hammer blow, with power being thrown from the shoulder, which limits its effectiveness and impact power. The (Chung Choi) or Thrusting punch should always be thrown straight outwards and upwards with the elbow relaxed and pointing to the floor,  legs supporting the elbow.  When it connects, its power and feel is very different to a punch thrown from the shoulder. The wing chun punch feels like being hit by a battering ram. Even from an inch away, I’ve not met many people that wanted it demonstrated on them twice. If you practice Wing Chun, get yourself a wall bag and train it every day. Practice at least 500 strikes per day and use a good liniment rub to aid recovery in the arms and hands. If you feel sore, allow your hands to recover before further practice. Build the power in your wrists, elbows, knees and ankles slowly. Rushing it will only cause un-necessary injury and delay progress.

Sifu J