Wing Chun Practitioner Decides To Step Into The Cage
If there was ever a martial arts style that’s been wholly and truly romanticized, it’s Wing Chun. From the now popular Ip Man to the ever remembered Enter the Dragon, it’s widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and difficult fighting styles out there – but it’s not perfect. One of the great things about martial arts in general is how no single style has been created that has no counters, and Wing Chun is no exception to that rule. Even Bruce Lee knew it wasn’t perfect when he was beginning to throw a bit of his own ideas into it:
“I’d gotten into a fight in San Francisco with a Kung-Fu cat, and after a brief encounter the son-of-a-b*tch started to run. I chased him and, like a fool, kept punching him behind his head and back. Soon my fists began to swell from hitting his hard head. Right then I realized Wing Chun was not too practical and began to alter my way of fighting.”
Of course the fighter and their own skill level matters, but the style used is also an important factor in determining the victor. So what happens when a wing chun expert goes into the ring to fight against a professional MMA artist? Well, the results will probably surprise you if you’ve got the same idea in mind that I did. Basically, the MMA fighter knew that a standing fight would likely prove to be more challenging than getting his opponent on the ground – almost as though he were fighting a boxer – so he immediately went for the rush. The Wing Chun fighter didn’t even see it coming and was swept down.
Within seconds from the fight beginning the MMA guy managed to get on top of his opponent and threw a couple punches down, giving the martial artist very, very little room to breathe, let alone do anything else. The martial artist then gave up his back and realized quickly how big of a mistake he’d made. MMA guy got a good chokehold on him and his opponent tapped, proving that just because you practice any particular style doesn’t mean you’re going to be the best fighter out there. Let’s put it this way, even Lee was willing to admit that each style has their own issues, so if you want to get in the ring you’d better come prepared with at least some knowledge of how to counter your counters or you’re in for a rude awakening.
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