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Mixed martial arts remains in a state of evolution, albeit an incredmental one now. The very first kick everyone learns in karate, the front kick, was little used until in a space of three months Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva won with front snap kick in spectacular fashion.* Silva's kick caused Randy Couture's tooth to fall out post fight in front of UFC president Dana White.
The Oblique Kick, which is now taught in every MMA gym, is the only kick in Wing Chun. It can be traced from that art, to Kenpo, to Bill Packer, to Mike Winkeljohn, to Jon Jones, to all of us.
During a recent episode of The JRE, Rogan discussed Wing Chun in MMA with Robert Downey Jr.
"You very rarely see [Wing Chun] in the UFC," said Rogan. "But one of the very best fighters in the UFC uses it regularly - Tony Ferguson. Tony Ferguson uses trapping hands. He grabs wrists and comes over the top with elbows. He does straight Wing Chun. He does it all the time. And he even practices on a wooden dummy."
*This because of the tutelage for months and months and months by musician, philanthropist, environmentalist, animal rights activist, producer, writer, reserve deputy sheriff, 7th-dan in Aikido, Father of the Front Kick, father to sons Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida, and somewhat boyishly handsome action film star, Steven 'Fritão' Seagal.