Wing chun is not dying, not at all. It's just that the MMA is so popular, it seems that way. For all of you out there, be careful when choosing a school. Make sure it is REAL traditional! Check the lineage. If it is Moy Yat or ESPECIALLY Leung Ting, the world's biggest fraud, FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL!!Lately traffic here on the WC forum seems to be really slowing down. Some of the other WC forums I used to frequent are virtually dead. Maybe there's a die-hard or two still posting, but there are no replies. --Well, so much for forums. Perhaps that's just a matter of people going to other types of social networking to share their interests.
On the other hand, I wonder if interest in WC, and TMA in general (especially for adults) is waning. I really can't judge by my own classes, since it's always been a small "under the radar" operation, but I do maintain a website and rent space at a gym with a good location, and yet haven't had anyone new walk in door ...or even call in a while. Heck, even if I were a crappy teacher, you'd expect more people walking in to check us out, even if they walked right back out! But like the forums, there's just no traffic.
Now my son is enrolled in a good TKD school run by a friend of mine. He has also offered Tai Chi, WC, and other adult programs. But, they all have dwindled to nothing. He still does a a good business teaching TKD to children and youth. Yet after decades of building his school, he only retains a few adults.
I suppose the really well known masters may be maintaining a solid following, but are their organizations actually growing? ...or just struggling to maintain students? What have you seen? Am I wrong, or is WC gradually dying out? And if so, why?