Martial Arts can be broadly categorised using just a few classifications.
What follows is a greatly simplified explanation of a vast subject area.
Internal or External
Internal styles rely on their use of the body’s internal energy or ‘chi’ to generate power
External styles rely on the use of body structure and musculature to generate power
Hard or Soft
Hard styles strike using muscle tension to achieve great impact
Soft styles strike with as little muscle tension as possible in order to achieve a whipping action
Short Range or Long Range
Short Range styles specialise in hand techniques and ‘sticking’ to an opponent. Kicks are usually low
Long Range styles employ high kicks and sweeping arms to reach from a greater distance
Wing Chun is, for the most part, an External, Hard & Soft, Short Range style.
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