Positional advantage

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Positional advantage is a combative position relative to an opponent. It is used extensively to describe a situation of significant tactical advantage over an opponent in open-hand conflict (i.e. without weapons) in William Cheung's Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu and Ian Protheroe's Classical Wing Chun.[1]

In physical altercations, positional advantage is significant because a defender who has attained positional advantage:

  • is not as open to an attack from the attacker's rear hand
  • may control the attacker's lead limbs (one arm and one leg)
  • is in range to attack or defend both hands
  • is able to redirect their opponent's force

In the words of Sifu Ian Protheroe, "as long as your strongest side is facing your opponent's weakest side, you have the advantage".[2] Although positional advantage has been adopted specifically by Classical and Traditional Wing Chun practitioners, the term is applicable to all martial styles, both with and without weapons.[1] Related concepts include centre and central line theory.[1] These terms are used to describe many different things by Wing Chun practitioners (see the Wikipedia entry for Wing Chun for more information).


  1. ^ a b c Positional Advantage Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Ian Protheroe Wing Chun Theory and Composition, 1998, p.47 ISBN 978-0646356389

Further reading[edit]

  • Protheroe, Ian G. (Sifu) (1998). Wing Chun Theory and Composition. Brisbane: Protheroe. ISBN 0-646-35638-0.