In my never ending quest for tools, tips and techniques that will refine and improve my Wing Chun training routine for self-defense, fighting ability & combat sports I am always on the lookout for good quotes. Now I don’t collect them just as a novelty or as a way to blow up my Twitter of Pinterest feeds; I remember ones that resonate with why I train the fighting art of Wing Chun and help me ingrain in my subconscious helpful reminders regarding self-defense and personal protection. One of my all-time favorite quotes goes something like this:
“Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going.”
Too much emphasis today is placed on being “motivated.” Rah-rah self-help coaches make obscene Continue reading
One of the biggest diseases in martial arts today which undermines the ability to make one’s skills functional, practical and usable for purposes of self-defense and protection on the street is the issue of rank, belts, titles or whatever else you want to call it. I have lost count of the times I have seen a soccer mom tote young A.D.D / A.D.H.D / whatever other bullshit acronym-of-the-month-afflicted Timmy into the school I was training in to inquire about lessons and within 5 minutes ask the question, “How long will it take him to get his black belt?”
The problem I have with that is the word “get.”
“Get” a black belt? If you want one just go buy a friggin’ belt to put on the shelf next to his lacrosse, soccer and baseball trophies. Shit, I’ll just give you one if that makes you happy. Sorry honey, if Timmy really wants to “get” one, Timmy is gonna have to work his ass off to EARN one.
Every time you look up anything re: Wing Chun on the internet, you can find anything from what the forms are to what uniforms are used by each lineage to where the big toe from Person A’s lineage rests in the second pivot of the third form compared to Person B’s lineage, and so on…
By now I’m sure it comes as no secret or surprise that I think the overwhelming majority of stuff floating around out there online regarding Wing Chun as a system of self defense and personal combat is a pile of sh*t.
My answer to the question I see so much of, “is Wing Chun effective in a real fight?” is YES – with a caveat. Continue reading
One of my favorite inspirational sayings is the old adage mens sana in corpore sano. It is a Latin phrase which, when translated, means “a sound mind in a soundbody.” Specifically as it relates to Wing Chun training for self defense, fighting and combat effectiveness so many people out there miss the boat in the fact that we must have a level of functional physical fitness to apply any of the fighting arts in a realistic way. As the saying goes, when all else is equal, it is strength which prevails.
Wing CHun’s effrctiveness in self-defense and combat lies in how it is designed. Wing Chun works in a real fight because it is designed that way; not to mimic and insect in heat, a mythical unicorn gliding across the sky on a cloud or some other esoterically laughable scenario. However, due to Wing Chun’s structural and conceptual perfection there are many out there who fall victim to the old thinking, “I don’t care how strong or fast or in shape someone is, I have Wing Chun on my side.”
Two words come to mind when I hear this: BULL and SHIT.
Yes, Wing Chun is, in theory, a perfect system.
Yes, Wing Chun’s greatest strength is its’ efficiency.
Yes, Wing Chun is designed for one thing: fighting. It is not aesthetically pretty and won’t win any forms competition outside of a Wing Chun division in a tournament (but chances are since you’re reading this you already know that and, like myself, couldn’t care less). But… Continue reading
I just realized yesterday that in less than one month it will be 23 years since I received my first black belt. It was July 6, 1996 to be exact. I was 17 years old and I tested for my cho-dan, or 1st degree black belt, in Taekwondo through the ATA (American Taekwondo Association).
I remember training incessantly; running through all of my sequences, techniques, sparring and board breaking. I was ready. The test itself was fairly standard and uneventful as far as tests go: I went before the review board, tested and passed. Afterwards, a group of us went out for an early dinner, as was our usual custom at least once a week after class and after a tournament or a testing; seeing as how it was a Continue reading
There isn’t a whole lot I can say about this clip other than it sucked.
Actually, there’s always more to say about anything so here goes:
Wing Chun teaches us that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The flip side of that saying is that any attack that follows this “straight line” principle also carries with it a lot of stopping power.
In this clip I happened to be on the receiving end of a quick and efficient kick to the jewels which put me down when I was pumped up and ready to go not 2 seconds before. That’s how potent centerline shots are- all the important stuff (eyes, throat and balls) are located there! Continue reading
The road to functionality and functional Wing Chun training literally begins from the ground up, much like pouring the foundation of any building or house precedes going to Home Depot to pick out which blinds you will hang in your living room window or what crown moulding will go in your front room.
The gloves you use will make or break how realistic, practical, functional and effective your Wing Chun training is both for self-defense and the street, as well as for the application of Wing Chun for combat sports. In order to fully experience and functionalize your Wing Chun skills, I have found that there are 3 best types of gloves you should be making use of regularly to truly gain all the benefits from training. Continue reading
That word drives me crazy. In fact, the two words I dislike the most are nice and unique. Why? They don’t mean anything. Seriously, what does nice really mean? The absence of something bad. Think about it-what carries more weight, hearing someone say that so-and-so is a “nice guy” or that he is a “good man.”
The same goes for the word “unique.” If everyone is “unique” then by pure philosophical reasoning no one is.
Before I get chomping on the second installment of my Marxist manifesto on the importance of the Siu Nim Tao (SNT) or “small idea” form as a staple -no, the staple – of your Wing Chun training and making the skills of Wing Chun practical and its techniques effective ion real life usage, let me just address a comment made to me re: my blog in general, specifically, the tone of my posts.
I do use occasional profanity, and frequently draw analogies that sometimes poke fun at people I find rather irksome or annoying. There is usually a heavy dose of sarcasm regarding ways of thinking or training I find ineffective, skewed or just plain stupid. Continue reading
Many of my posts thus far have dealt more with concepts and realities of self defense and personal protection; they have been quite broad and intentionally so. It was necessary for me to approach things in this way to set the tone for my approach to and interpretation of training in Wing Chun. That is all well and good, but now I want to shift gears a bit and begin to focus on the more specific technical aspects of the system as it relates to Continue reading
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