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Wing Chun's strikes take the shortest and most direct path to their target. The Wing Chun exponent's aim is to always land the first strike by attacking and defending in the same movement.

When Adrian is pulled into the knee strike, he goes with the force of the pull and delivers a powerful double chit sau to the first attacker's mid-section while simultaneously deflecting the knee strike. He then redirects the second attacker's punch with a reverse tan sau whilst simultaneously delivering a palm strike to the attacker's head, which he follows up with a side slash to the throat.

The principle of directness originates from Wing Chun's Centreline Theory, which allows the Wing Chun exponent to attack and defend in one movement by striking down the centreline. This makes the Wing Chun exponent fast and efficient, which is crucial to realistic self defence, particularly when more than one attacker is involved.