- Aug 3, 2015
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I used to believe that. I spent many years trying to 'fix' my wing chun. After as many years training in MMA ..there's not really much left of it that's recognizable.
I've yet to meet anyone that can use anything that 'looks' like CMA (with the exception of Chinese wrestling) with any level of success in a competitive setting, not even the Sanda guys. I'm not saying it's impossible, but if they are out there they are very well hidden.
The honest truth is that we probably have seen so many kung fu movies that many people don't really know what kung fu looks like. This guy has been functional for years. Even before I became functional with Jow Ga. The down side for both of us was probably the same. We had to learn a lot of it by doing it and making mistakes in order to understand how it works. His videos didn't always look this clean. You can see his learning path by comparing his earlier videos.
Most Kung Fu classes aren't taught like this. You only get this type of teaching from someone who has experience using it. Each teacher that follows this path will have a student that will travel a shorter path to learning how it works.
Most kung fu schools teach like this. Then you have to go get your bruises and figure out the timing yourself. Speaking from experience you'll get this lesson and then you you spend the next 2 or 3 months getting hit in the face trying to figure it out. By the 4th month the answer will come to you, while you are sitting down and not thinking about fighting, After that the learning speeds up.
It looks impressive and deadly only because you know what punch is coming (opponent isn't trying to deceive you) it's not lively (opponent isn't actively moving around). It doesn't show the important stuff like how to set it up. how to bait, or how to use it against other fighters. So for most people it's going to "long path learning with lots of mistakes." If you can find someone that already knows, then they can share that knowledge with you and you'll have a shorter path to understanding. You'll still have to get bruises, you just won't get as many, and you don't have to go through as many trial and error mistakes.
If I could be my own teacher, I would teach myself at the age of 13 or 15 with what I know now. It would have been major jump start with my journey in kung fu.