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 sound body.” 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