Wing Chun Chain Punching

Lin Wan Kuen is one of the methods of attacking in Wing Chun commonly called chain punching


The main objective of this part of the syllabus is to learn how to deliver chain punches.

Being able to attack quickly and efficiently is essential for ending fights. Chain punching is one of the ways the Wing Chun student learns to attack. It is a short rapid burst of punches. However it is vital that these punches have good technique and power if the student is to do well in Wing Chun.

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Video of Chain Punching

The following video introduces the student to chain punching or Lin Wan Kuen as it is called in Cantonese. The video shows the applications then covers the key points to remember when learning to chain punch. The video finally covers some of the common mistakes students make. Use the links bellow to jump between chapters.

Info about chain punching

Wing Chun chain punches or "Lin Wan Kuen" are a burst of rapid punches along the "centerline". These can be performed in sets. In Wing Chun we punch with a vertical fist. The following video should highlight how to chain punch.

In Wing Chun chain punching is a key part of system. The goal is not to deliver a single knock out punch, but a rapid succession of punches which will ultimately deliver more damage than a single blow.

There is a saying in Wing Chun from the Kuen Kuit: "Punch from the heart." This can be taken both literally and metaphorically. You should always punch with everything you have. When chain punching as in this part of the syllabus, you should punch from in front of the solar plexus (i.e. punching from where the heart is) to ensure your punches travel down the centerline.

Chain punching is effective because it can be hard to block. This is because one punch follows on from the previous, giving your opponent very little time to recover their position.

A vertical fist is used in Wing Chun for two main reasons. Firstly because we generally aim for the opponents head, and in Wing Chun, as in self defence, you fight without gloves or wrist supports. Therefore this style of striking puts less strain on the wrist that a horizontal fist delivered at head height. For example, when punching the face of an opponent, particularly one who is taller than you, your wrist will have more support and your metacarpals in the hand, will be better aligned with your forearm when in the vertical fist potion with the elbow kept in. The second reason for a vertical fist, is because of the way Wing Chun practitioners hold their guard. Because of the forward guard you get more power with a vertical fist without having to withdraw your arm. A common mistake for beginners is to let the elbow come out or to drop the punch before impact so it does not drive through correctly.

What is expected in the grading

For this grading you will be expected to do a single punch with alternating hands 10 times. Then 2 chain punches with alternating hands down the centerline 10 times. Then bursts of 3, 4, 5 and finally 6 punches at a time, each repeated 10 times. These may be in the air or against a pad.

The punch should travel out straight from in front of the solar plexus to the target. Avoid fully extending your arm when punching. Hyper extension like this can damage the elbow joint.

You should strike with the bottom 3 knuckles. Aim to hit the same spot with every punch.

For this grading I would expect around 4 punches per second. 5 would be expected for more advanced student. Power and good technique is however more important than speed. Please use a training stance when doing chain punching.

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