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You may have seen one or two of my posts around here, but they have been few and far between. I've spent most my energy trying to maintain my JKD, until now. I am now practicing Wing Chun, firstly it's the best I can do down here in Hawaii, but also so I could take a step back and reexamine my JKD knowledge from a new perspective. One thing that I have run into, is an apparent difference in philosophy regarding kicks. In JKD, the idea is the longest weapon to the nearest target, which clearly involves kicks early on. In Wing Chun, it seems that kicking is only for when you are sure of your footing, confident in your placement and spot on with your timing. Wing Chun kicks also seem to be much more disruption-oriented, instead of the devastation that JKD kicks allow.
I thought about it some, and keep getting hung up on this conflict. Sijo sought to develop more efficient footwork, to increase mobility during a fight, but the idea in Wing Chun seems to be that legs are primarily tools of mobility, and weapons if possible. Is this simply because Sijo wanted a more aggressive system? What is the idea behind putting more power into kicks? Does this necessarily come as a sacrifice of mobility? As a student of JKD, am I understanding the role of my legs properly?
Thanks in advance for the help, take care and God bless!
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