Tony Massengill – Close Range Combat
Tony Massengill – Wing Chun – Close Range Combat DVD
Closing the Distance and Close Range Combat
This is practical martial arts at its best! In this DVD, Master Instructor Tony Massengill presents the keys to effective Close Range Combat. Covered are such skills as, Creating Bridge Contact for control of the opponent. The famous “Inch-Punch” from Wing Chun and the differences in the way Bruce Lee demonstrated the technique compared to the way it is actually used in fighting. The “Returning Punch”, a devastating strike which is nearly impossible to defend. An analysis of the anatomical differences of the vertical and horizontal punch, and which is more structurally sound. The shifting knee strike and close range kicking to destroy the opponent’s base. All this and much…much more!
Sifu Tony Massengill brings his unique blend of over 43 years in the Martial Arts combined with 25 years working as a Police Officer, Firefighter and Paramedic, to his teaching style. This is practical experience from the street, not theory based only from Dojo training and sport martial arts.
Resolution: 872 x 480
Running Time: 1 hour 4 mins
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Reviewer: George Hernandez
Date: May 14, 2011
What It’s About:
Sifu Massengill presents applications of the close range fighting techniques of the Wing Chun Kung-fu system.
If you’re looking for a DVD that demonstrates genuine Wing Chun Kung-Fu technique, then this is the video for you. The production is excellent and Sifu Massengill presents the material expertly. In this DVD as in others, Massengill maintains the philosophy that the sport martial art environment is quite different from the street. So attitude and application is indeed quite different in situations from the Koon or School.
One’s practice in Kung-fu should not focus on looking flashy or showy, but to get the job done in the quickest manner possible. In fact Wing Chun doesn’t appear all that elaborate when compared with other forms of Kung fu, such as Praying Mantis or Hung-Gar. But, don’t deceive yourself; Wing Kung is quite elegant in its close range techniques. Sifu Massengill demonstrates effectively the principles of the Wing Chun System showing how one can exploit the situation at point of contact with an adversary.
There’s lots of practical advice which is presented in this DVD relevant to the street environment, such as maintaining a stance of non-aggression for legal reasons, but being prepared in case a fight should in sue. One can appreciate Sifu Massengill’s emphasis on the basics, which is that power at close range comes from one’s structure or root. The old analogy that a house is only as strong as its foundation applies here. Massengill demonstrates the fundamentals of Wing Chun, by showing how the techniques are based on sound biomechanics and are effective according to the natural structure of the body.
Again, if you’re looking for a DVD, that truly represents the principles behind close range fighting of the Wing Chun System, then this DVD would be an excellent investment. By watching Sifu Massengill’s demonstration of Wing Chun, one would readily see that he comes from a genuine lineage of Wing Chun Kung- fu. He presents his lineage as that from Ip man, Ip man’s two sons and Samual Kwok. If Wing Chun lineage is important as far as training and school affiliation, then indeed, this instructional DVD would be a real treat!
The essential principles associated with Wing Chun’s close in fighting techniques
The fighting environment.
Sports MA and Movies distort the fighting environment
Distance, applications, tools and weapons
There are only two ranges.
The bridge-coming into contact
Contact – 12 points of contact.
The anatomy of a punch.
Using the body at short range
The biomechanics of motion.
Where does the power come from?
The rooted base.
Power from the shoulder not the arm.
The lower arm position
Controlling structure along the line.
The Graduated Training process and bridging drills.
The interview position – non-aggression posture.
Bridge contact at centerline.
Cross drill with Jet Sao.
Control is the Objective.
Training should be developed to represent reality.
Legal aspects and common sense.
Acquiring control from being grasped
Opening the line
Pac Sao with a sealing maneuver.
The benefit of hitting twice.
Blood born diseases and using the open hand.
The returning fist.
Using the opponent’s had.
Using focus pads in training.
Kicking a close range.
Preloading and using the knee.
Kicking at the correct angle.
Using kicks for setting up Chin Na techniques