Sunday, November 18, 2012

Your Wing Chun Evolution?

I know my wing chun is not to the point where it can evolve yet. You know what I mean? when you mastered something, you can re-invent it, perfect it, tweak it etc. I'm not there yet by no means. I'm still trying to figure out the basics.

One person i know who's good at it and has, in my opinion, evolved it would be my Sifu.  I don't know if what he's teaching now has been something that I've either ignored, not been able to comprehend till now, didn't realize till now, something that he's 'hidden' or something that he's stumbled upon recently...BUT

It feels like the wing tsun I was learning seemed a lot different back then than it does now.

Mechanically, techniques, skills, stance, forms etc..that's all the same. it's constant throughout the years but the vision, the final product has seemed to change.

It went from "wing chun"..to now...in a sense, boxing with an eastern flare, founded in the roots of wing chun, it's training, skills and principles.

Was this always there? Or a discovery only made recently and now being taught?

But what about you? for those of you who's been with the same instructor for 5 or more years, have you noticed the instruction to have evolved over the years? How did it do so? Why do you think this happened?

Or

Did it stay the same? Has it been consistent all this time?

Until then.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Don't Be Given Out 'Em Secrets! ;)

Well, I was forwarded this clip a few days ago. It's a wing chun guy versus a karate guy and while it's not particularly anything new within wing chun circles, I still found the whole confrontation entertaining.

It's amazing how there are misconceptions about wing chun..in particular that we are a close combat fighting system. While it may seem like that on the surface, it's really no closer than say punching or elbowing or kicking..a person's gotta hit and that's all that matters.

Sure we don't reach (or don't want to), but it's not like we have to operate in that "trapping range" (bleah, i hate that term).

I have to admit though, I love it when others have these misconceptions. People have asked me many times to demonstrate the practicality of wing chun thinknig that we have to trap or chi-sao or what have you, and that look in their eyes when i clock them square on the nose right off the bat is priceless. That is wing tsun - sorry to disappoint you ;)

I don't care if these other guys think their art is smarter or more effective, I let them think whatever they want and that assumption is an easy weakness we can take advantage of.

So while I'm happy to see the wing chun guy enlighten the karate guy, i'm also saddened that he did too.

So anyone else share my feelings?

Until then



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