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    Why do Ip Man's sons do Chum Kiu different?

    I don't have the "truth", but I think we look at those videos and say "this is how Yip Man did it", but we don't actually know that's how he did it his whole life. It is possible that he had more than one iteration of each form and he was just filmed doing one of them. I know a very senior sifu...
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    Is there an objective way to determine quality of wing chun or My wc is better than yours because I say so!

    I agree with you on this. The best school is the one that you learn the best in and that is dependent on a lot of things. Some of those things will have to do with the style, some with the club, some with the teacher, and some have to do primarily with the student. There is a modern, western...
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    "Your way of WC/WT/VT is so stupid..."

    I spent several years training as a boxer and then in Muay Thai before I settled into Wing Chun (with some other things in between). I was never a prize fighter or a contender of any kind, but I put a lot of time and effort into it. One of the things that I used to do when I was a senior...
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    Is there an objective way to determine quality of wing chun or My wc is better than yours because I say so!

    The people who we train work very hard. Impressed that we made it a page and a half before someone turned this into an MMA/BJJ discussion. That might be a new record.
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    Is there an objective way to determine quality of wing chun or My wc is better than yours because I say so!

    I think that it's all training. When I used to look at some more, say esoteric kung fu systems' forms, I would think "that would never work in a fight!" Sometimes now I think "they did the flip (or whatever) and then landed in their stance, because they're training themselves to find that ground...
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    Is there an objective way to determine quality of wing chun or My wc is better than yours because I say so!

    I think it's an error in logic to assume that "better" is the same as "more original". I also think that the concept of "original" is flawed and perhaps western. CMAs have forms and sometimes other things that distinguish them from other CMAs, but I don't think that whenever these systems...
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    Why do Ip Man's sons do Chum Kiu different?

    He told me about the fake stuff he was going to give you in dreams, it's different. I have the exclusive real-real. With me, after that first, in person visit, it more like post-mortim Obi-Wan Knobi in the swamp.
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    Why do Ip Man's sons do Chum Kiu different?

    I was the first to get the old footage. Yip Man heard of me and flew to Texas in the late 60s to personally deliver it to me when I was 3 years old and though he didn't speak English and I was in the yard playing with Tonka trucks, he bestowed upon me the real secrets with his eyes.
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    Black Belt Exchange Program?

    I have been invited to display my rank when visiting other clubs, but I have never once done it. It's a personal decision and agreement between the involved parties. But it does make a statement either way. You can guess where I come down, but as long and everyone involved agrees, I see no issues.
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    Why do Ip Man's sons do Chum Kiu different?

    Yeah, there are lineages that are just ... different ... for sure. And you're right about the Baat Cham Do. The staff forms I've seen all have the same basic stuff, but the sequence is different. I see different expressions in everything, but if I'm being honest, I express things differently...
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    Why do Ip Man's sons do Chum Kiu different?

    Interestingly enough, I feel like the biggest differences are in Chim Kiu. I don't know why.
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    Black Belt Exchange Program?

    I'd say that this fairly normal in a certain segment of TCMA, anyway. It is build more around IRL relationships with other teachers and I wouldn't say it happens at scales, but I've arranged for a senior student to spend time with another teacher, sometimes in another system and I've hosted...
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    Why do Ip Man's sons do Chum Kiu different?

    I don't know, but I have some theories: 1) I suspect that Ip Man didn't do it only one way. I know that this is hard for us, because we want to believe that there is one right way, but based on my experience with Asian-based lineage holding sifus in other TCMAs, there are multiple flavors and...
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    Your Enemy Is Training...

    It's a good book. I'm not sure why you would debate it if you haven't read it, but I guess it's a little bit like explaining martial arts that you haven't trained in to people who have.
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    Your Enemy Is Training...

    Well, it will NOW!
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