Friday, 24 April 2009

Wing Chun Demonstration

Wing Chun has always been an art which I would have liked to have studied but never got around to it.

The following video is a great demonstration of the art by someone who seems to know what he is doing. His ability to trap his opponents arms are especially great to watch and also the way he is able to push his opponent using timing and proper body mechanics, which in a way is similar to Bruce Lee’s one inch punch. Enjoy!


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Knive said...

Just for info (and because I queried it on a list!) this is Gary Lam and the clip is straight from his website:


Anonymous said...

This is good technique, i have studied wing chun (i am also a boxer) and when using both against an opponent for heavy sparring (mma gloves), the western boxing is far more efficient, powerfull and better defense, as far as the trapping goes i use a wing chun style technique for clinching etc. I am talking about fist fighting only here.

BSM said...

I may have to include that in Sunday's Martial Arts News. Nice find.

I cross trained with a WC stylist before my 1st dan run in Tae Kwon Do. There are some things that I really liked about it but I did not care for the forms at all.

I call what I remember (very little) WC light!


Matt "Ikigai" said...

unfortunately it seems like that video got taken down!

MARKS said...

KNIVE - Thanks for the info. I will be sure to check the website out!

KarateStudent said...

KarateStudent ("KS") on Bruce Lee & Wing Chun.

Although Bruce Lee ("B.Lee") was my 1st inspiration for the martial arts, KS was never big on Jeet Kune Do. Despite the 'no way' methodology B.Lee espoused, KS does see a tradtional marital arts moral in his fighting approach.

In doing some martial art research, here on B. Lee's fighting record, KS discovered B.Lee did compete in boxing as a young man in Hong Kong.

The story goes that B.Lee knocked out 3 contenders in a row in the 1st round of each match. He then KO'd the then, reining champion in the 3rd round to take the championship!

KS attributes B.Lee's success to 3 skill areas:

(1) B.Lee was gifted athletically;
(2) B.Lee was grounded in traditional Wing Chun;
(3) B.Lee successfully cross-trained in other fighting styles, including boxing.

Well B.Lee's boxing competitors were also good athletes, and were top boxing contenders. The difference was B.Lee's grounding in the tradition of Wing Chun!

KS doesn't want to take up Wing Chun. But, KS can't help & rethink the well-coordinated body power of the 'tofu-fu,' 'aero-fu' kung fu instructor I've mentioned elsewhere.

The kung fu school may have been a 'McDojo' program, but the smooth & supple way that instructor moved was something I could see giving a boxer a 'hard-time.'


@1: We are not all naturals (KS isn't).
@2: We can get that good grounding in a traditional martial art.
@3 Cross training, as MARKS has got all kinds of articles on, can provide critical insight on how to extend a base art into more effective fighting.

B.Lee did cross training with boxing. KS did it with aerobo / tofu-fu! Laugh, KS would never judge an art by a single school's program.

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