The transcript below is from the video “Fighting with Taller Opponents” by Mindful Wing Chun.

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

In this discussion Nima is sharing his opinion on dealing with taller opponents who have longer reach. There is no such thing as ‘the perfect technique/plan’ to have in a fight. you can not preempt a real combat situation (its different than in the ring/octagon). Instead it’s about following a set of principles and having the right fighting philosophy and responding with spontaneity according to the situation at hand.

Ip Man Wing Chun passed down through Chu Shong Tin to Nima King in Hong Kong.

Audience member:

“Just one last question.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“Sure.”

Audience member:

“I hope it’s interesting one but I’m not sure.  If a big tall guy attacks you with a left haymaker…”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“Yeah.”

Audience member:

“…and you’re not long enough to or tall enough yourself to go straight in.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“Yeah.”

Audience member:

“You have to do something, how do you defend that?”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“Well, it depends on the angle.”

Audience member:

“Yeah.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“I like…  You know the whole Bong Sau we talked about.  Like where this is not like this where you’re blocking but you could.  I mean when it’s life or death,…”

Audience member:

“Yeah.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“…you can do whatever hell you want not to get killed, right?”

Audience member:

“Yeah.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“But even my blocks, like if you had to be, some people cover like this…”

Audience member:

“Okay.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

“But even my blocks, like if you had to be, some people cover like this…”

Audience member:

“Okay.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong): 

“…which is fine.  I like to use the Bong Sau.  Say if it’s coming from there, then I would want to get out of the way and try to get in.  Move out of the way, depends on the situation.  Like I asked Ch Shong Tin because I was sparring with my student, actually feel the one that’s moved here last week.  Because you know the concept of Wing Chun kicking, if you’re in range is as this leg comes to kick me here like that, yeah.

I mean in Muay Thai as you kick, we have that big…watch your shins because I have sharp shins.  Yeah so, we have the leg checks and stuff like that.  In Wing Chun if you’re close enough, like if it’s a six-four guy and I’m here, then I can’t stop the kicks.  I have to do something else, right which I’ll talk about.  But if I’m close enough, as you kick I can go like that.  I can defend, and if you kick harder.  You probably want one to kick harder after I come back and defend and if you want to attack that at the same time.

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong): 

So just like a Bong Sau, I can defend an attack, a Wing Chun kick.  Or if you kick with this one, you can do this way as well.  So we’ll kick like that, yeah.  No, so you kick that and stop that at the same time just like as a punch is coming in.  If you have elbow force, you can stop this defend attack at the same time, right.  So I was trying to do that to the six-four student, which can bloody kick me from here and he could do head kicks from there, and I’m short and I got short legs.

So, I’m like, how the hell do I go from here?  Even if you’re very fast, right, how do you go here and bring?  Because for this technique to work, I have to be close enough to get my knee above his pelvis, which is six-four by his pelvis is there.  So, I have to get here and do that faster.  Then he just stands there and head kicks me, right.  I asked Ch Shong Tin, how the hell is it?  He said, “No, if it’s a fight you just…”

In the case like that, you got to be smart also in fighting.  You got to fight.  You got to spar, so you can figure out.  He said what you can do is just find the right timing and as soon as he goes for that kick, step in and take out that knee as hard as you can.”  So take out his and hope that you’re fast enough, and this is where we start to work on speed then.  Like you know, so let’s say if you’re moving from your center.  So, like this…

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong): 

I think one problem with Wing Chun stance, if you’re standing like this or like that.  It’s very hard to move forward fast compared to like this.  Like this, you can shoot from the back leg and you can move out of the way, moving a lot faster compared to here.  Right, but if you can do it from here, then you can do it faster from there.  Okay, if you try to…  So now he can’t punch me, right?  So he has to step into range, right.

Okay, you just like one of them to demonstrate this.  So, with relaxation comes speed.  So you want to punch me here, right with a step.  Step and punch like that and as fast as you can, right.  So, as he’s going to step and punch, I’ve just got to stop him.  You step forward.  Yeah, so it’s very hard, right, whereas a box, I could just go boom!  Good jabbing in.  For Wing Chun is somehow, if we’re using our leg workout, footwork.  We have to shift and then go like that.  It’s too slow, right?

Audience member:

“I’m not sure.”

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

Yeah?  Now, if we use our center, I’ll do it to him.  Right so, from here…  So you hold this.  You leave the path open for me.  Right, I have to come to there and you have to just stop me from getting to there, right.  If I do this like that, he can stop me because I have to shift and come forward, right.  Now, same thing.  So I have to step forward.  Leave the path open.  You just have to do that, opposite okay.

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

If I put a little bit more, sorry, a little bit more power into it, you can start to really move the whole body through stepping.  That’s what we’re doing in Chum Kiu, right.  So then, theoretically, to step forward and kick won’t be like this.  Like that… if you’re ready to go and if you’ve got your balance.  If you’ve got full control of your balance, then it’s like someone standing like this, right.

Just like you want to fight him, right.  Yeah, if you look towards him and then just I’m going to push you forward from here, so I catch your fall.  Like you standing there and I just go like that.  That’s the fastest way for him to go but as humans, we can’t control here because we’re tense here.  We have to go like that.  If you can tap into your center, this is why I said Chum Kiu is about finding that, so you can just shoot out.

That’s why I can move faster than he can because I can use my sensor a little bit better than him.  So you know what I mean, so this it’s not about can Mindful Wing Chun stop this or that.  It’s about this is the Wing Chun way, the most efficient way for… this is the Wing Chun way.  The most efficient way to move your body.  But you might find like Tyson, Tyson was fighting less than six foot.  He was fighting six-five guys, right?

Mindful Wing Chun (Nima King, head instructor, one of the biggest Wing Chun schools in Hong Kong):

That means his reach is that much shorter and his way was just to come in, you just kind of hit him and switch.  You know, I go like that – switch from here to there.  So they’re hitting air and he will even get that low.  You know, that was his way.  He was a master at it and he could clear like that.  So, for us if we’re going like this to try to come in, maybe we’ll get bashed.  That’s why you should train with six-foot four guys and figure it out.

But the engine you use, even going like this you could still be using your center.  You know what I mean?  So here we’re discussing how to move your body more efficiently, not to have…  Of course, I’m saying use the Wing Chun way.  You use the centerline and stuff but you might want to adapt the movement.  See, people might say, “Oh, this is not Wing Chun.”  Why not?  Wing Chun is about essence of movement efficiently.

You can’t just still move your spine and still have the focus.  It can’t be Wing Chun, but we have something similar in a dummy, right.  So, anything is Wing Chun.  I’m not saying throw away centerline and stuff like that.  So to answer your question, depends on the situation, depends…  Yeah, but the engine should always remain because then you can punch.  Like for example, if you’re doing continuous as such…  We’re going off subject but I’m getting excited, so.




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