Forum Thread: How to Fight with One Arm

Realistically fighting with a broken arm would be extremely painful. So in this week's video we look at the concept in Wing Chun of using one arm as an efficient form of self defence. How to fight with one arm is more about learning to control the physical space in front of the centre of your body. It's not about being able to fight anyone with one arm.

This week we take a closer look at the Wing Chun technique known as 'Wiping Hand'. Wiping hand is commonly used to defend against multiple punches thrown to the centreline. If you search YouTube for Wing Chun videos you will see lots of examples of the technique being used against two punches.

Dummy form. The reality of real fighting is that people will throw punches from different angles and heights, so applying this technique may not be as easy as you think. The second half of our video addresses this problem. We show how to manage distance, angles, and height of the attack punches. We even have some fun in our end card, by showing how absurd using one are can look when someone really isn't trying to punch you in the face.

Ultimately Economy of Motion is about Using One Limb

In a previous video we covered the idea of simultaneous attack and defence, but this concept does not necessarily have to be applied with two arms. One arm may essentially give you a better coverage, protection and ability to intercept. In fact the ultimate method of applying an interception technique is to use one limb to both attack and defend. You see this when intercepting with a punch to both block an incoming attack and defend. In other words, your punch, strike, or kick achieves both ends, it attacks while simultaneously defends. This is a manifestation of the art of interception in Wing Chun and therefore is considered by many as an advanced form of Wing Chun fighting not commonly seen.

We have lots more videos on how to fight with Wing Chun. Please visit our channel. Better yet feel free to leave a comment or a suggestion of what you would like us to film for you. It does not have to be about Wing Chun it can be about any subject related to fighting, how to fight, Wing Chun techniques, or even Wing Chun vs other styles of martial arts. We are happy to pass on our knowledge and experience free of charge.

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