Wing Chun vs Pencak Silat with an ending that may surprise you

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has been around a lot longer than most people believe, however; it was introduced to the world on a cold evening in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1993, and called the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The premise was beautiful in its simplicity: to simply answer the question of which martial art is most effective.  Fast forward over 20 years and we now have a sport that jockeys for top position in popularity in many countries.

Although the sport has evolved, the original question that was set out to be answered is still one that intrigues people to this day.

Wing Chun is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense which utilizes both striking and grappling, however; specializes in close-range combat.  The earliest known mentions of Wing Chun date back to the late 1800s with a common legend as told by the famous Wing Chun practitioner Yip Man.  The legend involves a young woman who rebukes a local warlord’s offer for marriage.

The young woman, Yim Wing-Chun, reconsidered under the condition that he could beat her in a fight.  Seeking the guidance of a Buddhist nun, Wing-Chun was taught a new martial art that was based on the nun’s observations of a confrontation between a snake and a crane.

This nameless style enabled Wing-Chun to beat the warlord in a one-on-one fight and she began to teach others this style of combat which was later named after her.


Pencak Silat, pronounced penchak silat and sometimes spelled pentjak silat, is an umbrella term for a class of related martial arts which originated in Indonesia.  It is a full-body fighting form incorporating strikes, grappling, and throwing in addition to weaponry.  Every part of the body is used and subject to attack, however; is deeply rooted in an esoteric and highly developed philosophical aspect.

So check out the video below to watch these two classic martial arts collide.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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