Avoiding a wrestling shoot or takedown in MMA is challenging at best especially when it is combined with punches and kicks. Here are 3 simple Wing Chun vs MMA strategies that may help your takedown defence. These techniques are flexible and can be used for San Shou Kickboxing or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training. Even for those that wish to test their Wing Chun skills against other styles of martial arts, especially Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or Wrestling.
The 3 Wing Chun vs MMA Strategies are:
(1) CONTROL DISTANCE
The first Wing Chun technique requires that you control the space between you and the other fighter. In a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or San Shou (San Da) environment you must prevent the connection with your body to avoid the Wrestling takedown, shoot, or throw.
(2) WING CHUN HAND FIGHT
Wing Chun has lots of great hand fighting techniques that are useful for takedown defence. Use the concept of Wing Chun barriers or bridges to avoid the wrestling takedown in MMA training. Your hands being your first barrier, your elbows being the second defence against the wrestling takedown.
(2) IMPROVE YOUR WING CHUN STRUCTURE
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) it is referred to as posture. This is a similar concept in Wing Chun training. If caught in a Wrestling clinch or takedown position even in MMA training or San Shou Kickboxing it is wise to focus on establishing a good Wing Chun posture that improves your structure. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training involves lots of Wrestling training designed to break posture, off balance opponents and takedown to the ground.