I just found Master Wong on youtube and watched quite a few of his vids (I watch many different vids from many different styles). I've studied a few martial arts styles although haven't dedicated myself in a way to become a master of anything or even competent in anything but I've noticed that when any individual comes to the surface in any style there is always the bullshido challenge. My question though is what is relevant? What is the purpose of one's martial arts training, the art, self-defense, prestige? My motivation for training has been for self-defense and I think most people at least have that as one their top reasons for training and although the interest for me started with a 'style' what it came down to is 'do I think this stuff would be effective if I needed it in a struggle for life?' We've seen the rise of the sport of MMA which while is still a sport, it's pretty close to what a street fight brings, little rules, bring what you have and survive yet, we haven't seen strict Wing Chun practitioners become top fighters (neither have we seen strict Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, etc.) What we have seen is fighters who may have started with some form, i.e. Judo, BJJ, kickboxing, but they seem to be more effective with a tool bag of technique in addition to their training. I understand one's search for 'legitimate' martial arts but in the event you can't find a practitioner who can trace his martial arts lineage to someone you revere or you can't afford their cost, then what is your next step? Are those 'legitimate' and perfect Wing Chun stances and punching drills going to equip you for survival in a street conflict, robbery attempt or murder attempt?Would we know who Ip Man was if it had not been for Bruce Lee? And speaking of Bruce Lee, is there a movement of people who denounce him for not teaching legitimate Wing Chun? From what I can see, Lee is considered one of the greatest martial artists who has ever lived but what he became more famous for was the mindset of martial arts and the philosophy of fighting and training to win... The thing that is very telling to me is having seen a few of Master Wong's seminars video and in those situations where I can recognize ranking martial arts practitioners (Shotokan Karate Black Belts that is), while they hold black belts which is supposed to represent many years of training and the ability to 'master technique', they seemed to me to be very tentative and uncoordinated practicing Wong's techniques of self defense (and his stuff seems very straight forward and simple), they almost look like they've never even trained before in anything. From what I've seen in an interview someone did with Wong, he said that he was Vietnamese and studied Kung Fu. So according to the tradition, wouldn't the fact that Wong is not Chinese preclude him from being recognized by the Chinese masters, no matter how 'legit' his Wing Chun is? From what I can gather about Wong, his emphasis is in training with techniques that are simple and effective, he doesn't repeatedly say 'my Wing Chun goes back to blah blah blah...' Anyway, that's my thought on Wong. He doesn't spend any time denouncing other styles, criticizing other styles, he just brings what he has. I'm not saying that Wong is on par with Bruce Lee but his emphasis seems to be in self-defense and street survival from a background of Wing Chun or whatever style he uses that people can recognize. I don't think that Wong's concern is about name-dropping his Wing Chun lineage to gain respect. To me, the techniques he puts forth and instructs on are going to speak for themselves in their effectiveness on the street, not the name of the original master it comes from. Martial arts is as much about the practitioner as it is about origin. Even the most legitimate, sound techniques traced back two thousand years is going to mean nothing if the practitioner is not dedicated to understanding the movement, the human body and the mindset one needs to survive a hostile confrontation. The important things to any system are 'are they effective? can you replicate the movement under stress?' If you can't answer yes to those, then you're just doing something to be doing it and be ready to beg for your life when someone attacks you with a knife, pipe or brick, etc.