Countering kicks

In Chum Kil, we are introduced to the methods of dealing with kicks. As in all Wing Chun counters, it is principle-based about using practical direct concepts rather than memorizing fixed patterns of techniques. For example, let's take a brief look at how to deal with a front kick to the groin. Here are some very basic concepts in progression.
Progression is one of the most important things in training.
 
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Now, let's go back to the subject of our Wing Chun technique article.
  • Level 1 - You see the front kick attacking you
- At this level of perception where you are late, the safest and easiest method for beginners is simply to retreat out of range. However, when retreating, there are a few things to keep in mind. One, You must retreat without leaning forward, because if you lean forward and you misjudge a low kick coming when it is actually a head kick, you will head butt into a kick ouch! Two, when retreating, you must be ready to pounce back forward before he can recover his balance. Three, you only retreat just enough to dodge the kick and no more, his kick should miss but it should almost touch you.
  • Level 2 - you get better you see the front kick when it is being chambered before it snaps...
- At this level of perception, you are no longer late unlike level 1 therefore, you have the time to sidestep the kick. This is a major physical advantage compared to just retreating because now you are in attacking range when he is still on one leg! However, there is a catch, the sidestep requires you to make a decision as to which way to sidestep, left or right, so it is more challenging in terms of reaction time as compared to merely retreating.
  • Level 3 - You get better and you start to telegraph the kick even before his kicking leg has left the ground

- At this level of perception, you have all the time in the world and now you can start to play with intercepting techniques, you can smother him with your hands or you can intercept with your legs, it no longer matters if you are far ahead of his attack in terms of timing (ie he's shifting weight, leaning back slightly, etc).

For each of those levels of perception, you can start playing with different physical responses, ie parries, blocks, footwork, sticky legs, leg jams, smothering techniques, throws, etc. As you can see, it is about the attribute of perception, reaction time, and stillness of mind, techniques are secondary.

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