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Andre Fluellen Turning to the Art of Wing Chun This Offseason

Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen believes the kung fu training he’s incorporated into his off-season workouts could lead to a breakout season, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

According to Birkett, the principle of the Wing Chun training Fluellen is doing this off-season is about “dominating the space directly in front of you”, an important skill for an interior defensive lineman to have.

“A guy who coached me before, he calls it the power circle,” Fluellen said. “Our defensive line coach (Kris Kocurek) calls it your inside number. The Wing Chun Sifu (instructor), he calls it your centerline. You can’t let anybody invade the centerline, so at all cost, you’ve got to either use your hands or use your body to turn to either defeat the hands or get around the hands.

“That’s pretty much really what’s going on (on the defensive line). It’s just trying to defeat the hands and get into the other person’s center.”

Fluellen got the idea to train in kung fu after watching some bootlegged kung fu movies he purchased in a barber shop in January.

“The Bootleg Man might get me eight sacks,” Fluellen said.

A third-round pick out of Florida State in 2008, Fluellen (6-2, 302) has 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his 38-game career and is scheduled to be a restricted free agent.

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