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training wing chun kung fu elbow strikesJust done some training and after working my elbows for a few rounds I thought I’d post this up.

Training elbows is always an awkward one. The solid bone in the kinetic chain means that there isn’t enough yield to practice on the wall bag without jolting yourself to pieces. Focus mitts are okay but you need a partner to hold them and there isn’t always one about when you want to train. Best bit of kit that I’ve found for training them is the maize bag. When you add sand to the bag it gets really heavy, really quickly. Mine is just on the border of needing someone else to help me lift it when I decide to take it down. The fact that the bag can swing is great for creating a moving target and for taking just a little bit of the jarring effect out of the impact (it’ll still make your teeth rattle if you pack the bag with sand though!) but of course the trick is to hit into the bag and make a nice dent without the bag moving away.

There will be a video of me training elbows on the maize bag going up in the members area of Worcestershire Wing Chun kuen in the next few days, its only a short clip but it shows me working up a sweat…….

wing chun wall bag

end of the road

After many years of dutiful service my wall bag has finally given up! Having avoided the usual pitfalls of the eyelets ripping by buying one with sturdy D rings, or the back fraying away by hanging carpet on the wall behind it, or even the zip bursting by checking the zip quality, my trusty wall bag finally gave up this morning and ripped through on the front surface having worn away from repeated striking to the same spot. It’s a sad day as the wall bag comes down for the last time. On the up side, a new one is already on order and should be here within days, shiny and new and without the blood stains of its predecessor. Obviously I’ve got lots of other things to hit, so for the next few days the maize bag and the Bob will take some extra abuse. I am considering patching the bag with artificial leather, which should create a smoother striking surface and could extend the life of this trusty bit of kit by making it a class resource. Not sure my sewing skills will let me do a particularly good job though so I might have to rope in some help.

Got the maize bage hung up today after having to cut the hanging chains down so that it hangs at head height. With the Bob, wall bag, maize bag and pads for the dummy there’s no shortage of things to hit now, they all feel very very different and each is great for training different things . Hours of fun…..