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Rare footage of Wing Chun vs. Shaolin Kung Fu fight from 1968

Rare footage of Wing Chun vs. Shaolin Kung Fu fight from 1968
Rare footage of Wing Chun vs. Shaolin Kung Fu fight from 1968

Rare footage of Wing Chun vs. Shaolin Kung Fu fight from 1968

The footage from this Wing Chun vs Shaolin kung fu tournament from 1968 is almost like a time capsule from another world. It is unclear what the rules are but they differ very much so from the kind of point karate or tae kwon do rules we see today. These guys are really going at it!

It seems as if the rules are similar to the NHB rules that didn't come around until almost thirty years after this tournament took place. The footage is a collection of a couple of bouts with some forms mixed in but no sound mind you.

It's tough to say and you can't really put a blanket on all martial arts and practitioners at that time - but the technique in this video is pretty atrocious. These guys are just brawling for the most part, though you do see occasional glimpses of decent techniques. Check out the 3:10 mark of the video to see a pretty solid looking leg kick. For the most part, though these guys are just flailing wildly with poor movement and defensive techniques.

We start to see some improved kicking ability close to the four-minute mark - it's starting to look more like what you'd expect from a Chinese martial artist. If you go to the 3:50 mark you will see a pretty good combination of a spinning back fist followed by a leg kick - not bad! It must be a different guy because he looks pretty good.

Overall though, martial arts has clearly come a long way since 1968. They just didn't really have a solid grasp of what worked and what didn't work until the UFC came along and we were finally able to see which style was the most effective. The answer is, of course, to be well-rounded and able to fight everywhere but if you had to choose one martial art it is BJJ.

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