Man claims to have been a martial artist for “many lifetimes” – denied access to cage fight.
At the M-1 Global MMA tryouts, Wing Chun man practitioner Shawn Obasi showed up to show off his fighting style and get a possible fight contract.
To say the least, M-1 wasn’t impressed after watching Shawn hit the pads in the cage. It seemed he was having a hard time throwing entry-level roundhouse kicks to the pads. When the staff at M-1 told Shawn he wouldn’t make the cut, Shawn gave them a piece of his mind.
After the M-1 tryouts, Shawn did manage to get a few amateur MMA fights against low-level competition, and then he made his pro debut. You can watch that video at the bottom of the page. But first, check out the M-1 Global tryouts video below:
Check out the Wing Chun man’s pro debut below:
Wing Chun, also known as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun, is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilizing both striking and grappling while specializing in close-range combat.
Some Wing Chun practitioners believe that a person with a better body structure will win. A correct Wing Chun stance is like a piece of bamboo, firm but flexible, rooted but yielding. This structure is used to either deflect external forces or redirect them.
There are more lines of Wing Chun than you can shake a stick at, and it’s hard to learn much about any of them without debates about lineage nose-diving into smear tactics. So-and-so didn’t learn this, he wasn’t shown the real Wing Chun, and so on. But across the board you will notice similar characteristics—the focus on hand trapping, the more square on stance, the rapid-fire vertical fist punches and back-fists, and the use of sticky hands practices.
There has never been a pure Wing Chun stylist as a UFC champion. Will there ever be? Probably not.