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Use this Headlock Defence and Stop Punches to Your Face

Use this Headlock Defence and Stop Punches to Your Face A common move in most street fights is the headlock followed by a punch to the face. Grabbing and squeezing the neck is natural and instinctive in any street fight let alone in grappling. That’s why it’s important to know a good headlock defence. Unfortunately, most people rely on the idea that you could simply the guy applying the headlock in the groin. Sounds simple, but this doesn’t always work. […]

How to Escape the Mounted Position in Street Fights

3 Things to Survive & Escape the Mounted Position in Street Fights Every violent encounter has a significant psychological factor. Someone sitting on your chest, while punching you in the face will strike fear in anyone. That’s why it’s called Ground and Pound. So, this week we are going to look at 3 IMPORTANT Details on How to Escape the Mounted Position. This article isn’t about Brazilian Jui Jitsu training. Rather how to Defend Against Punches When Mounted in a […]

How do you escape the headlock in BJJ?

How do You Escape the Headlock in BJJ? A common move in most street fights is the headlock followed by a punch to the face. In fact, people grabbing your head is especially common in every white belt that starts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Grabbing and squeezing the neck is natural and instinctive when grappling.   That’s why it’s important to know how you escape the headlock in BJJ. In this article and video we look at the simplest method in […]

Is Judo Good for Self Defence?

Is Judo Good for Self Defence? Judo is effective for self defence for a number of reasons. Watch our video to see how effective Judo can be in a real life situation. However, this defensive encounter teaches us when is the right time to take action to defend yourself. As well as setting personal boundaries for self defence. Watch the video case study to learn how to see pre attack indicators that signal a violent attack. Let me know in […]

MMA vs traditional Martial Arts

MMA vs traditional Martial Arts Why do Chinese martial arts keep losing in challenge fights with MMA rules? This is an interesting question since Chinese martial arts have a long historic tradition of challenge fighting. MMA vs traditional Martial Arts is a debate that exposes Chinese martial arts like Wing Chun to ridicule. Which also leads to the question: if it is so good, then why are Chinese martial arts not used in MMA? In this article I am going […]

Can You Block a Punch in Street Fight?

Can You Block a Punch in Street Fight? Is action faster than reaction? The point is can you block a punch in a street fight. Here’s the problem. You’ve got to see and react to a punch. Unfortunately, most people’s natural reactions are simply too slow to respond. However, there is a solution in how to block a punch. Keep reading and I will highlight the best way to defend against punches in a street fight. Make sure to watch […]

Is MMA as REAL as it Gets for Self Defence

Is MMA as REAL as it Gets for Self Defence The UFC uses the tagline ‘As Real as it Gets’. Meaning that MMA is as real as it gets to fighting in the real world. Is that really true? The degree of violence in an MMA contest is often compared to a street fight or violent encounter. People think it’s the same and by default that MMA is best for self defence. However, the issue is not as simple as you […]

How To Find A Good Martial Arts School

How To Find A Good Martial Arts School How do you know the person you’ve entrusted to teach you how to defend yourself is the right person for you? You see sometimes people don’t know any different. So this leads to the question: how to find a good martial arts school? People join their local martial art school in the hope that they’re going to learn how to defend themselves. Unfortunately, just because the school is local, it doesn’t mean that […]

Can You Be To Old to Learn Martial Arts?

Can You Be To Old to Learn Martial Arts? There’s a common saying in boxing, “An old boxer never loses his punch”. His reflexes may be slower. His cardio and recovery may be weaker, but his power output should be similar to his youth. Except he may be a little slow in pulling that trigger. This may be true, but what is the Best Martial Arts for an Older Person? And can you be to old to learn martial arts? […]

Setting Up the Double Over Hook Throw for Street Fights

Here’s a great alternative to punching that will end a Fight in Seconds. It’s taken from Jiu Jitsu and relies on throwing or slamming a bad guy to the concrete floor! The technique is to clinch and throw; that’s the knockout strike. The fall in itself can injure and disorientate your attacker. This gives you another option for Self Defence. There are 2 main ways to set up this throw: 1) To counter their punches Cover up and close the […]

3 Important Factors that Affect Your Performance in Fights

In the actual moment of a fight, how can you improve your performance? How can you fight better during the event itself? Surprisingly, the answer has little to do with fighting technique or fitness, but more to do with your motivational psychology.   Fighting performance can be seen as the sum of 3 components: The First component is the sum of your fighting abilities, your mental, physical, and technical skills. To a certain extent these are fixed when you enter a contest […]

MMA: THE TRADITIONAL WING CHUN TECHNIQUE JON JONES USES TO WIN FIGHTS

Why Oblique kick the knees in MMA? Stomp kicks are effective in Self Defence as well as in mixed martial arts (MMA). You only have to look at any Jon Jones fight to see the effectiveness of his famous oblique (stomp) kick at his opponents’ knees. In fact, this is a key kicking attack in Wing Chun, and often underestimated by many in the martial arts or self defence community. Better yet it’s legal to use in MMA today. It […]

THE LWCA CODE OF CONDUCT (FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS)

The London Wing Chun Academy CODE OF CONDUCT For the Parents and Guardians of Little Dragons, Under 12s and Under 16s. This code of conduct applies to all parents/carers of the young students at our Academy. The purpose of it is to promote an ambient environment, positive training experience and longevity of training for students. Furthermore, it is to protect students, parents and LWCA staff from unpleasant experiences at our Academy. We expect all parents to adhere to the guidelines […]

This FS Tactical Workshop is presented by Dr Mark Phillips, Presenter of Fight Science TV, Criminal Psychologist, Wing Chun Illustrated Columnist, and currently head instructor of the London Wing Chun Academy.

Fight Science Tactical Workshop New York 2017

*Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to train with one of the leading Wing Chun practitioners in New York on 23rd September 2017*

Rafael Lovato Jr. Seminar 2017 at London Wing Chun Academy

Fantastic Seminar with Rafael Lovato Jr. at LWCA (With Photos!)

A big thank you to Professor Lovato Jr. and our students and visitors for making this such a fantastic night.

Fantasy or Reality: Kung Fu vs MMA Challenge Fight!

Is Traditional Kung Fu Fantasy or Reality? It is important to note that within the Chinese martial arts there is a wide spectrum of approaches to fighting. Style vs style challenge fights can be credited with many of the modern adaptions of traditional martial arts today; most importantly they dispell Fantasy over Reality.

Rafael Lovato Seminar 2017 at London Wing Chun Academy

Lovato Jr. BJJ Seminar at London Wing Chun Academy, Aug 2017

The London Wing Chun Academy is pleased to be hosting a seminar from Professor Rafael Lovato Jr. in August 2017.

DEADLY Invisible Fists in MMA

How is it that sometimes you don’t see a punch coming? Or that when you do, you can’t move out of the way in time?

Striking vs Grappling: Which is BETTER When Trapped? | HOW to FIGHT

The problem Imagine you’re in an enclosed space, a lift for example, with somebody and they attack you. The attacker is likely to start either pushing you, punching & kicking you, or wrestling you. Probably a mixture of all three. How would you defend yourself in this close-quarters situation, while trapped? The solution What you most certainly don’t want is to now fight with them for an indefinite amount of time, trading punches and burning energy, and increasing your chances […]

Dr Mark Phillips to Teach #WingChun in Boston, May 2017

Dr Mark Phillips to Teach #WingChun in Boston, May 2017

Sifu Mark Phillips will be teaching Wing Chun seminar in Boston, on Saturday the 20th of May. It will be a full day of Wing Chun training, with two other world recognised Sifus also teaching on the day: Philip Romero of New Mexico and Jim Roselando of Boston. During the much anticipated event, Mark has been asked to teach his unique approach to live Wing Chun training. This will include developing skills for Gwor Sao (Wing Chun Sparring), Wing Chun […]

How To Spot Critical Pre-Attack Assault Cues

We’ve all come across situations in public where a person is behaving aggressively and antagonising those around them, seemingly looking for a fight!

Best Distance to Keep in a Street Fight for Self Defence

When it comes to street fights and self-defence, what would you say is the best distance to stand from your opponent?

Street Fight vs Self Defence Training: Do you Train for the Right Kind of Fight?

You may learn how to fight or even how to defend yourself against someone bigger or stronger than you, but is that realistic? In fact, what type of fight do you think you are prepared for?

How to Get Out of a Headlock: 4 EASY STEPS TO ESCAPE HEADLOCKS

How to Get Out of a Headlock: 4 EASY STEPS TO ESCAPE HEADLOCKS Headlocks are very common in street fights. These attacks can feel strong and powerful when someone is squeezing your neck. So you must know how to get out of a headlock if you want to learn to defend yourself properly. Here is the simplest way to escape a headlock in 4 easy steps without you getting punched in the face in the process. Check out the video […]

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Dr Mark Phillips Interviewed by addicted2wingchun.com

Sifu Mark Phillips was recently interviewed on The Sifu’s Stories, a new Wing Chun podcast founded by Bogdan Rosu. His website, Addicted2WingChun.com, provides training resources and inspiration for Martial Artists who want to become the strongest version of themselves. During the interview, Sifu Phillips discusses finding Wing Chun as a teenager, the harmonies and conflicts between different Martial Arts philosophies, and how to overcome training plateaus. “You have days where you don’t want to train because you’re exhausted or you’re […]

How to Defend Yourself Against a Knife Attack

How do you defend yourself against a knife attack? Well common sense bids that you should never willing face a person holding a knife. The consequences of getting it wrong are dire. However, if you are put in a situation of where you have no choice then here are a couple of key ideas that you should be aware. The first is The Best Knife Defence strategy requires a basic understanding of the psychology of knife attacks. Although we have […]

3 Self Defence Moves Every Woman SHOULD Know: Women’s Self Defence Tips

Let’s say that you are checking your mobile phone when someone suddenly grabs hold of your arms to drag you to a secluded area in order to attack you. How do you defend yourself? What are the best self defence moves or techniques for that moment of time? Now you only have a split second to react to his attack. Here are 3 things you must do to prevent being abducted or dragged to another location.   WHAT’S THE REAL […]

How to Increase Punching Power

3 Simple Tricks to Increase Punching Power

How to increase your punching power in 3 simple steps. Watch our video below to get the best method of delivering unstoppable power.

New Beginners Induction Course Starting Wednesday 6th April at 7.30pm. The London Wing Chun Academy N22 6UJ.

Beginners Induction Course 6th April 2016

If you are thinking of starting a new martial art in order to get fit or to learn how to defend yourself then look no further. As one of the leading martial arts schools in the UK, we have some of the very best facilities and instruction to get you started. Unlike other martial arts schools we will not throw you in with more experienced Wing Chun students. Getting started in our academy does not require a high level of […]

How to Defend Yourself Against a 2 on 1 Sucker Punch Attack

How to defend yourself is hard enough, but made worst when you have two people confronting you in a street fight. Often you may be distracted by one attacker, while the other person throws a punch from nowhere.

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How to Instantly End a Fight with Short Distance Power

Punches to the body are just as effective as aiming for your attacker’s head. In fact you could say destroy the body and the head will follow and drop. A well placed punch to the body can instantly drop a person or wear them down. Here is a simple guide to body punching. In this week’s video we follow on in our series of videos examining how to protect your personal space in a street confrontation. We examine how to […]

How to Knock Someone Out with One Punch

In this week’s video we discuss some simple ideas of how to fight and knock someone out with one punch. Wing Chun is a practical open handed martial art that that is perfect for self defence. As a multi strike style of fighting there is little risk of seriously damaging your hands in a fight.

3 Things YOU Must Do to Fight Fear & Intimidation in Self Defence

How to Face Fear and Intimidation in a Fight Imagine someone standing in front of your face threatening you with violence, what would you do? What would you say? Or where would you look? Here are 3 simple self defence techniques taken from Wing Chun that could make a difference to your personal safety. Watch our video to see the 3 things that you must do to fight fear and intimidation in self defence. How to fight fear and intimidation […]

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4 Phases of Preparing for a Fight

There are four phases that combine to create a training cycle when preparing for Beimo. These involve the physical and psychological preparation of the athlete, factors crucial to Beimo preparation.   Phase 1. Core Skills and Conditioning The first phase is the Core Skills and Conditioning Phase which should last up to 16 weeks. This is the foundation period in which you are developing your aerobic conditioning in addition to acquiring new fighting skills or addressing any technical weaknesses in […]

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3 Ways to Avoid Getting Kicked in the Face on the Ground

How to avoid being kicked in the face when trying to stand up from the ground is an important skill for self defence training. As simple as it may sound, it is difficult to stand up safely when pushed to the ground during a fight.

How to Fight with One Arm

How to Fight with One Arm There are aspects of Wing Chun that focus on training with one arm. For example Dan (Single) Chi Sao or even certain Gwor Sao drills. Why do Wing Chun students practice so often with one arm and is it really practical for fighting? Does it teach you how to fight to with one arm? The answer is simple. Training with one arm allows you to develop your ability equally without having dominance with one […]

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in North London | BJJ & MMA

Defending Ground and Pound Attacks with BJJ

In this week’s video instalment we take a break from Wing Chun to look at some simple Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Self Defence concepts of how to defend against punches to your face when you’ve been unexpectedly thrown to the ground. The term ‘Ground and pound’ is normally associated with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), but refers to the attack in which someone throws you to the ground, mounts you, and then punches you in the face. As brutal as it […]

How to Fight Back When Attacked from Behind

How to fight well when you are being attacked from behind depends on two key factors. Firstly, that you move in the correct direction when being attacked. Secondly, and this is important, that you can see what’s happening behind you in your fight for survival. We teach a very simple system of self defence when attacked from behind. Of course, you can’t fight or defend yourself if you can’t see the punch in the first place. This means that self […]

5 Common Beginners Mistakes to Avoid When Punching Pads | The London Wing Chun Academy

5 Common Beginners Mistakes to Avoid When Punching Pads

New students to any martial art, especially beginners in Wing Chun should punch focus pads as part of their self defence training. However, there are 5 common mistakes often made by beginners at the London Wing Chun Academy. Here is everything a beginner at our gym needs to know to improve their punching power, accuracy and timing in our classes. Many Wing Chun students underestimate the importance of pad work drills for their personal training. Yet, pad work training is […]

Self Defence Technique: Standing Rear Naked Choke Defence

How do you stop someone using a choke to drag you off to another location? In fact, how do you defend the rear naked choke, while stopping your attacker from pulling you backwards and away? Well our short self defence video will explain everything you need to know for your complete self defence.

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How to Avoid Being Taken to the Ground

Avoiding a wrestling shoot or takedown in San Shou Kickboxing or even MMA is challenging at best especially when a takedown or wresting throw is combined with punches and kicks.  There are strategies in Wing Chun that can help prevent and even avoid being forced or throw to the ground. This video shows 3 simple Wing Chun strategies that may help your takedown defence. These techniques are commonly taught here at the London Wing Chun Academy as we think they […]

San Da (San Shou) Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training in North London.

How to Catch Head Kicks in San Da Kickboxing or MMA

Is traditional Wing Chun technique useful for training in San Shou Kickboxing or Mixed Martial Arts? Well we say yes. In fact, we strongly believe that Wing Chun has a lot of effective martial art techniques that could contribute too many combat sports. One Wing Chun technique in particular is the High Low Gaan Sao which is often seen in the Wooden Dummy form of Wing Chun. This technique is highly versatile and can be used effectively to counter a […]

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What to Self Practice in Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We’ve all been in the position where we want to practice our martial art, but we don’t have a training partner to hand. Of course, practice makes perfect. So, how do you train a martial art when on you are on your own? Here is our advice in a two part article on ‘How to Train on Your Own’. The first article will briefly outline what you should practice in the gym for Boxing, Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, while […]

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San Shou Kickboxing: Modern challenge fights in Chinese martial arts

In the past, Kung Fu schools would fight bare hand on a Lei Tai (a raised platform) to see which was the better fighting art. San Da as the modern development of traditional Lei Tai contests used to test the fighting arts of Kung Fu, but governed by rules to reduce the risk of injury.

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LWCA Fight Team Succeeds in BCCMA San Shou Tournament

The format of the competition was simple. Three 2 minute rounds, the winner is decided by knock out, or points accumulated by clean strikes, throws, takedowns, or push outs. Under these rules, three fighter’s from the London Wing Chun Academy won one gold and two silver medals.

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Try Our San Shou Kickboxing

San Shou (also known as San Da) Kickboxing could be considered the modern application of traditional Chinese martial arts. San Shou (San Da) Kickboxing is not a martial art in itself, rather a format of fighting that combines striking with punches, kicks, elbows and knees for professional fighters, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, and leg catches. This style of fighting truly encapsulates all ranges of stand up combat, which transfers nicely to self defence application. Yet, San Shou Kickboxing is derived […]

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How Training a Martial Art Can Improve Your Life

Martial arts training teaches true values for living a well rounded and healthy life. Not only does practicing a martial art instils the right values and attitudes that are conducive to Self Defence, but you’ll improve your fitness and well-being.  Through struggle and adversity a martial arts student builds character and the ability to overcome hardships that are placed in front of them. Some may think that only competitive martial arts, such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, […]

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu London

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self Defence

The London Wing Chun Academy is pleased to announce that we have added a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class to our range of martial arts classes. This class now meets every Sunday at 2pm. This class is ideal for new beginners interested training in this fun active martial art.

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Belts and Progression

Considering the young age of this cohort, we believe that rank advancements should be based on attendance. Hence, all students will receive a certificate of completion of each training phase and the appropriate new rank. We wish to develop ‘Goal Setting’ behaviour from an early stage. Hence, a Patch Program will accompany rank promotions, in order to develop additional early life, safety and Martial Arts skills.

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Guidelines for Children’s Classes

Please see below a general list of rules and practical safety guidelines for appropriate behaviour within the London Wing Chun Academy. We ask parents to read through and where necessary explain appropriate guidelines for behaviour to their children:

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Kids Classes

We believe that Martial Arts should raise a child’s self esteem and build character and confidence. In order to achieve these qualities we have developed a range of training programs that address the different needs of children at different developmental stages (i.e. ages) of their early lives. Our training programs promote additional life and interpersonal skills, as well as traditional Martial Arts values and success. Your child will be exposed to many positive traits and values of Martial Arts: Self […]

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The Benefits of Martial Arts Training

There are Four Reasons why Every Adult should be enrolled in the London Wing Chun Martial Arts Academy.

Latest News

The London Wing Chun Academy is pleased to announce that Proffessor Marc Walder will be joining the teach staff at our academy. Hence we will be running a new 4 week Beginners Course in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Bjj) starting Thursday 21st March at 8.30pm.

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The London Wing Chun Academy

2nd Floor Cypress House

2 Coburg Road

Wood Green

London N22 6UJ

Opening Times

4.30pm to 10pm | MONDAY
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6.30pm to 10pm | WEDNESDAY
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