I don't practice Wing Chun, but when I was trying to pick an art I viewed several videos explaining the basic principles and techniques of the art. The biggest reason I chose not to do Wing Chun over another art is simply there aren't any schools for it in my local area. Anyway, I was wondering what the theory is behind the Wing Chun stance compared with a boxing stance. I guess this is sort of a TMA vs. Sport question, but specifically I want to hear the theory behind Wing Chun. Here's what I'm thinking: One of the basic principles of Wing Chun is simultaneous defense and attack, with the primary focus being your and your opponent's centerline. I would classify these defenses as fairly active, as you are actively deflecting an attack with one hand while striking with the other. In a boxing stance (which is the basic sparring stance for most striking combat sports, including boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, and MMA), your hands are held closer the body and used as a guard. Defense from this position is easier - your hands provide a barrier between yourself and your opponent. Granted, the barrier has holes, but it's a much smaller movement to defend against attacks. Specifically regarding a Wing Chun fighter vs. a boxer, the guard makes a good shield against straight punches. I'm not trying to flame the art, I'm just curious. I consider boxing and Wing Chun to both be arts based on the science of punching (much like my art, TKD, is the science of kicking). The two arts have radically different philosophies, and I'd like to know what the advantages of Wing Chun are as opposed to something like boxing, kickboxing, or muay thai.