Anonymous asked:

I trained in Wing-Chun for 8 years (quit when I was 15), I managed to get a Blue sash. The only type of sparring we did was sticky hands, although I don't see how the sensitivity built from that can work in fights these days. Do you think that wing chun needs to be adjusted to fit in with other styles of fighting? (like what Bruce Lee did or MMA fighters do)

gutsanduppercuts answered:

I don’t necessarily think it needs to be adjusted in anyway. It’s a historic style that has stayed roughly the same for a reason. Every part of Wing Chun has some significance for the fighter.
I think too many people blame the art when it all comes down to the fighter. It’s not a style that needs to adapted, rather the martial artists needs to seek another style to fill in the gaps. Bruce Lee just happened to invent his own, taking ideas and concepts from many.

If you don’t feel like Wing Chun has solid throws or locks, look to Hapkido. If you want to learn power and a strong center, turn to Hung Gar.
There’s no such thing as a complete system but there you can get as close to a complete fighter as possible.
And that’s what martial arts is; constant  learning. About ourselves and about techniques. A Wing Chun master isn’t a fighting master, he/she is just a Wing Chun master.
Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers in the world right now - of all time, in fact - but put him in an MMA ring and what does he need to do? He needs to fill in the gaps. He needs to learn takedowns and ground work and kicking technique. Because he’s a boxer.

Martial arts is like vocabulary. We can always find new and flashier words to make us sound better. Well the words are styles in regards to fighting. Just as a thesaurus gives us options, we need to train our bodies to have options. Do I use Wing Chun close combat here or do I step forward with Nothern Mantis hammer punches? Do I sweep? Front kick? Do I need to eye gouge, strike the throat and then run the fuck away? It’s bodily vocabulary if you will. We can’t just assume one style will make us this unbeatable machine. We have to be flexible, knowledgeable and well versed in an array of techniques, forms and ideas.

Jesus christ but am I tired of these dudes (they’re always dudes) who only ever studied one lineage of Wing Tsun/Chun or whatever martial art (much less only studied it when they were a child), did no research whatsoever, and then speak monolithically for all of Wing Tsun/Chun or etc as if it lacks this, that, or the other thing or is only trained the half-assed way they learned how.

Hey, I’m all for openly talking about particular martial arts and where they can be improved, how tradition can be re-invented, etc, but this stagnant perception by people who claim some sort of knowledge but are actually supremely lazy in it has really got to go.

I agree w/ the language analogy Guts employs here for the most part, but these ossified conceptions of martial arts styles is just so much nonsense.



Watch a Kung Fu Tutorial Inspired by Wong Kar Wai’s New Film The Grandmaster.

i mean… it’s a cartoon of a “Hollywood” (well Hong Kong) take on martial arts via Vice (shudder), it’s gonna come across as a little silly to the over-serious practitioner (me, usually) but I am 100% in favor of anything that brings more excitement to Wing Tsun (yes, Tsun) and I’m still super curious about Wong Kar Wai’s take on it since my Sifu gave his approval of it after seeing the for-America edit (w/ proper dialog rather than Mandarin dub) at the NYC premiere….