Wing Chun practitioner SURPRISES in old-school martial arts tournament

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wing Chun is just one of those martial arts that seldom seems to hold up. Those rapid-fire ‘chain punching’ techniques look really cool in the movies and in demonstrations but in real-life, it just doesn’t seem to be all that effective.

However, much like other forms of Kung Fu and Chinese martial arts, the rare times where Wing Chun DOES hold up, either in competition or in self-defense, really makes you wonder if there is some aspect of Wing Chun and Chinese arts that CAN be effective in the right hands with the correct training.

This video of a Wing Chun practitioner competing in a martial arts tournament way back in 1987 is an example of one of those such rare instances.

Much like the introduction to the video points out – compared to other styles, Wing Chun practitioners are usually very inexperienced when it comes to competitions as it’s not really what they’re all about. Now, what we now know about martial arts training is that sparring and competitions are an essential part of training as it prepares you and gives you experience in REAL combat.

Wing chun practitioner SURPRISES in old-school martial arts tournament
Wing chun practitioner SURPRISES in old-school martial arts tournament

However, sometimes when martial arts competitions develop too many rules and unrealistic point systems, that is when the style becomes watered-down so to speak and can create bad habits in practitioners who’s goal becomes scoring points opposed to fighting correctly.

In this video, it is unclear exactly what the rules are but it looks almost like a blend of old-school kickboxing rules and standard point karate. What’s also kind of interesting, albeit dangerous, is that these guys are competing on a raised platform with no barrier which can result in serious injuries if somebody gets knocked out alongside the perimeter or even if someone falls out the wrong way.

Anyways, watch the video below to see how the Wing Chun dude fares. You may very well be surprised.

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.  [Source: Wiki]

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