Wing Chun practitioner holds his own sparring against boxer

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Wing Chun may look cool in movies and in demonstrations but in real life, it just doesn’t seem to hold up very often, especially against legitimate competition.

Once in a while, though, we do occasionally see some evidence of Wing Chun techniques being used effectively, either in sparring or competition, and it kind of makes you wonder if perhaps there is more to Wing Chun than we previously thought.

In this video of a sparring session between a Wing Chun practitioner and a boxer, we see Wing Chun techniques actually look kind of legitimate and like they could actually be effective in the right circumstances.

Wing Chun practitioner holds his own sparring against boxer
Wing Chun practitioner holds his own sparring against boxer

However, as the Wing Chun practitioner himself points out at the beginning of the video, neither of these guys are professional-level fighters. It is also doubtful that the boxer is even an amateur or has any competition experience at all I’d reckon. While the boxer in this video is certainly not completely unskilled, against a competitive, amateur-level boxer, the Wing Chun techniques seen here may not be as effective.

While Wing Chun and other similar traditional martial arts may very well be effective in certain situations against a lesser-skilled opposition, there are still plenty of holes in it as a style that a legitimate striker like a Muay Thai practitioner or an MMA fighter would pick apart.

Regardless, the Wing Chun practitioner puts on a good display here and is able to actually utilize Wing Chun techniques against a fully resisting, semi-trained opponent which is still quite an impressive feat nonetheless. Check out the video below and see for yourself.

Wing Chun (traditional Chinese: 詠春) is a traditional Southern Chinese Kung fu martial art specializing in close range combat. It is one of the most famous styles in wushu. It is known for being economical, direct and efficient. Wing Chun teaches the practitioner to advance quickly, and strike at close range. [Source: Wiki]

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