Street fighter doubts Wing Chun’s effectiveness on the street – ends decisively

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Wing Chun is a concept-based martial art of Chinese origin specializing in close range attacks, particularly hand strikes especially when compared to other traditional martial arts. Though there is some kicking and grappling in Wing Chun, it is not the primary focus.

Now a big issue, when you compare traditional martial arts to more modern, competition-based martial arts (BJJ or muay thai), is a lack of realism in their training.

Now, of course, all martial arts instructors and schools are different but for the most part traditional martial arts training does not involve full contact sparring or competition against a fully resisting opponent. Without that type of hard training, it is difficult to tell which techniques are truly effective in real-life scenarios.

In the video below we see an example of that very issue. While the Wing Chun practitioner isn’t completely inept he walks into a punch right off the bat. The Wing Chun guy is very fancy with his hand motions but it doesn’t do him any good as the street fighter is able to land shots on him pretty easily.

The Wing Chun guy gets dropped less than a minute in and it looks to be over but he wants more. It starts up again and the traditional martial artist throws an okay looking spin kick but it doesn’t really land.

He starts to land some decent shots after that but he is brawling here, not using much technique. And you know how the old saying goes regarding what happens when you brawl with a brawler. The street fighter drops him with a big right hand, for good this time and the fight is over.

This fight really illustrates some holes that Wing Chun has as a style. His chin was up in the air the whole time and wasn’t using proper defense or technique in his strikes and got caught by someone who looks like he has zero martial arts training.