TOP 5 BENEFITS OF THE BUTTERFLY KNIVES
The Wing Chun Knives are an important part of our Art’s training. They are to Wing Chun what the Bokken is to Aikido and the sword to Tai Chi.
Many question the benefits of weapons training in this modern age, where weapons are outlawed and criminals are likely to carry guns.
Of what use can a knife form be in 2016? Truth be told, weapons have often been practiced in traditional Martial Arts in order to enhance empty hand training. In fact, it is obvious that many movements in Wing Chun are in fact derived from the knive form.
The first obvious benefit of weapons training is improvements in power. The extra weight discourages the use of arm power and helps to develop power generation from the waist.
A second benefit is awareness of coverage. It is easy when training in Martial Arts to get into a tic for tac mentality. You hit me, I hit you.
However, knife training reminds us that on the street, any strike could be potentially lethal.
Allowing your opponent to land a strike on you in order for you to land your own strike is dangerous on the street. The opponent could be carrying a concealed weapon.
Many can take a punch to the head, but how many can take a blade to the neck? You might not become aware of this concealed weapon until it is too late.
A third benefit is the effect of weapon training on developing “Intent” or “ Mind Force”.
This mysterious force is not so mysterious at all. It is a method for developing superior alignment and reduced slackness in structure, by focusing the mind far away, often at the tip of the weapon, although not exclusively so.
Here are my Top 5 benefits of the Wing Chun Knives: