- Dec 28, 2010
- Reaction score
- San Francisco
That's cool, it is certainly something. That school doesn't have any authority to speak for WC though.The East Asia Program of Cornell University. He's a Visiting Scholar there.
I don't think it is as meticulous as you say. He disqualifies all lineages that aren't from Ip Man in the first few chapters (that's about as far as I've gotten, but will continue to go through it).There's a lot in the book (which is meticulously researched) that will upset Wing Chun students, but none of it is very surprising.
No, but whoever did make WC did seem to filter everything through a new lens. New engine, new framework. Some things fit, some things don't.Well the Yee Gi Kim Yeurng Ma is the basic Crane animal stance in a lot of different CMA, the Biu Ji is part of Snake styles, etc. Wing Chun didn't invent it.
If you're talking about the Ng Mui fable, then yes. I don't think anyone thinks that actually happened.Let's be honest, the origin myth of Wing Chun is a lie too, and tall tale telling is a fundamental part of Chinese martial arts.
I haven't studied all the different Shaolin descended styles, so I won't speak for them. Back to my original point, similar-to-same stances happen to show up in non-shaolin places too. However, I can't argue the cringey flex. Achievement unlocked, we've found common ground 😂The full formal name of the Yee Gi Kim Yeurng Ma (二字羊馬步) is found in practically all styles that claim Shaolin heritage (and you have to concede, few arts flex their Shaolin rep more than Wing Chun, and it's often a little cringey).