Center Line Punch (with Numeric Punching)

This is the classic Wing Chun center line punch. Note the position of the elbows aligning to the sides of the body as per the Sil Lum Tao. The elbows are pointing to the ground in order to transfer the power from the legs to the hands.
This is the classic Wing Chun center line punch. Note the position of the elbows aligning to the sides of the body as per the Sil Lum Tao. The elbows are pointing to the ground in order to transfer the power from the legs to the hands. Note also the angle of the striking hand tilted at a 45 degree angle from the upright.
Here Derek demonstrates the correct angle of the fist at point of impact. He used to instruct people to make a "V" with both fists in order to find the correct angle. As previously mentioned the angle is important so that the force of the impact can be channeled down the bottom bone of the arm.
Here Derek demonstrates the correct angle of the fist at point of impact. He used to instruct people to make a “V” with both fists in order to find the correct angle. The angle is important so that the force of the impact can be channeled down the bottom bone of the arm.
Here is the transition between the right and left punches. Derek was very particular about the lead hand (the one that just punched) dropping approx 4inches in order to let the rear hand come through in a straight line filling the space created by the lead hand dropping. This stops the tendency so common in Wing Chun schools of starting to turn the center line punch into a circular motion.
Here is the transition between the right and left punches. Derek was very particular about the lead hand (the one that just punched) dropping approx 4inches in order to let the rear hand come through in a straight line filling the space created by the lead hand dropping. This stops the tendency so common in Wing Chun schools of starting to turn the center line punch into a circular motion.
A front on view of the full transition to the left straight punch.
A front on view of the full transition to the left straight punch. Note the position of the rear hand precisely located by the elbow of the lead hand.
Right punch from the side. Once again you can clearly see the correct position of the rear hand by the elbow.
Right punch from the side. Once again you can clearly see the correct position of the rear hand by the elbow.
Transition with lead hand dropping in order to let the rear come through in a straight line.
Transition with lead hand dropping in order to let the rear come through in a straight line.
Full transition to left hand. Once single punches had been adequately embodied Derek used to instruct the student to practice Numeric punching in order to train the ability to through combinations. This was done by throwing one punch, followed by a grouping of two punches, then a grouping of three, then four.
Full transition to left hand. Once single punches had been adequately embodied Derek used to instruct the student to practice Numeric punching in order to train the ability to through combinations. This was done by throwing one punch, followed by a grouping of two punches, then a grouping of three, then four.