How can I improve my training and fighting style?
I am looking for some tips on how I can improve my training and style in terms of practicality and effectiveness. I currently train in Wing Chun mainly, but I also do a little bit of San Shou. I have come to find myself as a critic of some aspects of Wing Chun, but I am determined to stick with the school I’m at because I have faith in a lot of the things they teach. My school teaches a further modified version of William Cheung’s style. For example, my WC school teaches effective San Shou style kicks, ie big, powerful rounds, fronts, sides and spinning-sides, as opposed to the traditional low-kicks of WC, although we do those as well. I also really like the contact reflexes which WC training develops and the degree to which it enables me to control an opponent the inside range. I have sparred against Karate, TKD and MT practitioners in Australia and Thailand and have found that WC in an effective system to use once I get in close to my opponent.
However, I have become a critic of the softness with which we train techniques, never fighting full-contact and doing very little training for the development of power in strikes. I also have become less confident in the ‘almightiness’ of the WC punch, and thus have started using boxing or MT style punches, along with lots of elbows, although I still like to use the WC punches for counters and for fighting in close – they are effective here as they shoot directly up the centre. Anyway, the purpose of me defending these elements of WC here is to defend myself against the WC hate that seems to be common on this board before I ask the following questions.
Since my school does very little in the way of training for power, what are some good methods for this? Do you simply recommend kicking bags, or what? Also, from your own observations of WC, what criticisms do you make of it and how would you recommend that I alter my training and fighting style? Eg would you recommend using boxing stances rather than typical WC stances? Are there any elements of others MAs that you would recommend that I investigate and incorporate into my training? I am basically trying to make myself a more rounded and effective fighter from a WC base, and I am looking for suggestions of what to change/add in order to achieve this.
Thanks in advance,