Just felt like sharing some stuff I've been thinking about lately.
These thoughts were spawned by the great "Rules Debate" that commonly takes place between any TMA'er and MMA enthusiast. The conversation usually goes something like this:
MMA: "TMA is fake. You don't fight for reals in The...
A. Talk to the police.
B. Be armed.
C. Train. (with real instructors in a real art. Make sure they're cool)
D. Don't worry too much. Stay alert, but stay calm, relaxed, and go about your business.
Do those 4 things & you'll be totally prepared if these clowns return, or if you happen...
Dude that's crazy. These guys sound like world-class clowns. And douchebags.
Based on your OP, I figured he was probably just a harmless idiot, but apparently he's a dangerous criminal idiot.
Glad you made it out of there in one piece.
I totally did go out of my way. I'll be much more overt next time.
All I'm saying is, when you have questions or concerns like yours, get ready to be assaulted with false humility, sanctimonious condescension, and really really bad arguments designed to make you look like the bad guy.
That very well could be. When I was doing LTWC, I was a beginner. (I was in LTWC for about a year)
Still, that approach seems to be more common in the LT lineage than others.
Again, just as an example, watch the fight quest episode. The 2 newbies charged at the LT veterans, and the...
Here's another one I forgot to put on the list:
Statement: "I think this guy could be a fake and/or incompetent. Here's why..."
Absurd argument: "There are different versions of Wing Chun!"
Dude, I totally agree with you. I was being sarcastic.
I've asked similar questions regarding dubious instructors before, and those were the types of responses I'd get.
It's really frustrating.
Respect is important, but figure that part of that is self-respect, which means not letting...
Apparently my post wasn't as obviously sarcastic as I thought.
In answer to your question, "Are you for real?"...well, Iam for real, but that post was pure sarcasm.
I totally agree with your car-analogy, & I was trying to make a point.
It seems like every time someone brings up...
William Cheung people like to say that, and when they do it implies that WC isn't about attacking the "blindside" and isn't about controlling the elbow.
Well, it is. All you have to do is look at any Ip Man WC person doing the dummy form, & basically the entire dummy set is all about ways to...
I like Paul Vunak. He does good stuff.
A couple points:
-Youtube. (it's free)
-Practice. A lot of what Vunak does is born from his years and years of practice. So just do what he did - practice a lot & you'll figure it out for yourself.
Again, I like Vunak, & have...
Bong sau's not hard, but it is very easy to do wrong. What I tell people is, "Make a tan sau. Now look at your watch". That's really all there is to it.
Remember what bong sau is supposed to accomplish. It's supposed to deflect an incoming punch off target.
Sometimes new WC'ers get too...
Here's some of the stock answers & responses I've seen when the question of a WC instructor's legitimacy is concerned:
1. You shouldn't bring up the question. It's "trolling".
2. Let's not start a lineage-war. It's all WC, and we're all part of the same WC family. Who cares about...
I entirely agree that real fights are messy. I totally understand & agree with that.
However, I would argue that what those guys were doing was not a real fight. Most obviously they had gloves, helmets, & pads and as intense as they were going at it, you can't say they were actually fighting...
Here's some Boxers sparring:
They're practicing boxing fighting-strategy in a freestyle exercise - maintaining range, looking for openings, taking a shot & then backing off, looking for openings, and taking their time. All very deliberate, measured and controlled.
You can use it to control someone who's trying to hit you, so I'd say "sort of".
I was shown a few locks & told that, while they are actual bona fide Wing Chun, we don't emphasize them because they're really hard to put on someone in a real fight. Even so, we learn them on the off chance that...
The short answer:
You should be doing chi sau, or fighting. No sparring.
The long answer:
I asked my WC sifu that same question a few years ago, & here's basically what he told me:
"Sparring" is what boxers do. We do WC. We're not boxers. We don't "spar", because that's what boxers do...
Dude, what does that even mean?
The title of this thread is "Robert Downey Jr.", & it's in the "Wing Chun" thread, so I was honestly discussing the subject.
That's where we disagree. I think there's a distinction between a system with some WC in it, and actual, bona fide WC. JKD has some...
I don't have any experience with "Gyokko Ryu", but I've been doing WC for years, & based on what little info those videos provide I don't see any substantial level of similarity to WC.
WC is based around a few strategies:
1. It's punchy. Yeah, there's some pulls, throws, locks, etc., but...
I do WC under some guys who learn directly from Ip Ching. I like it, but I'd love to hang out with Gary Lam/WSL guys. I've heard nothing but good stuff about WSL, and Lam's videos are awesome. I am jealous.
1. Great movie in just about every way.
2. RDJ did a good job.
3. The fight scene was cool.
4. It wasn't Wing Chun, & it's frustrating that there's a famous guy out there misrepresenting the art. I know he's not doing it on purpose, but did you guys see him on Letterman talking about "Bil...
I agree, & I think it's worth noting that whenever someone claims to have "secret knowledge", it's a dead giveaway that person is a con-man.
The very concept of "secret martial arts knowledge" doesn't even make sense to begin with.
I mean, if it's secret knowledge, what are they doing...
It looks like we're in agreement on the fundamental point, which is that William Cheung is a liar. That being so, I don't want to argue, but I do have a genuine question, & a couple points.
1. Where's the evidence that Cheung lived with Ip Man? I've never seen compelling photographic evidence...