Wing Chun vs. Muay Thai in MMA – does NOT go as expected
Wing Chun is a traditional Chinese martial art the specializes in close range combat and is perhaps best known for its rapid-fire ‘chain punching’ and similar techniques. But, you seldom see Wing Chun implemented in modern MMA, especially successfully.
However, in this MMA fight from Chinese promotion, Rebel FC, we actually see a Wing Chun specialist compete in MMA and, unlike many other Wing Chun dudes who’ve made similar attempts, this guy actually does quite well.
The Wing Chun practitioner, named Li Zihao, takes on a Muay Thai stylist, named Liu Wei, and most of the time a good Thai fighter would make very quick work of a Wing Chun guy.
That’s not how this one goes down, however, as it seems as if the Wing Chun guy actually has more solid fundamentals than the Muay Thai guy, surprisingly.
Perhaps the Wing Chun practitioner also has a background in standard boxing or Muay Thai himself which judging by his skills, particularly his defensive skills, seems to be the case.
It also seems like the Wing Chun guy is better on the ground as well which is almost unheard of. Check out the video below to see how this one ends, you may very well be surprised.
ABOUT WING CHUN:
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 practitioners to advance quickly and strike at close range. While the Wing Chun forward kick can be considered a long range technique, many Wing Chun practitioners practice “entry techniques”—getting past an opponent’s kicks and punches to bring them within range of Wing Chun’s close range repertoire. This means that theoretically if the correct techniques are applied, a shorter person with a shorter range can defeat a larger person by getting inside their range and attacking them close to their body. [Source: Wiki]