- Aug 3, 2015
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I'm all for this.It seems to me that a lot of people get pretty worked up over old stories that nobody can prove or disprove. I've had experience with several WC groups, and they all tell a story that makes them look great and everybody else is portrayed as wanting. Maybe this is why WC in general could benefit from a competitive format that would let people test out their stuff. Then people might start worrying less about the old stories and more about what works.
Person 1: Your kung fu sucks
Person 2: Only one way to find out.
Person 1 & Person 2 enter the ring.
I know some say violence isn't the answer, but it sure would stop a lot of the nonsense. We will learn 3 things from competitive formats.
1. If a technique works or not
2. If the person was skilled enough to work the technique
3. If the person was skilled enough to even comment on what's best or not.
Some people comment on "what's best" without actually having any ability to do what they claim. This is a problem simply for the that they do not have the experience to know a technique beyond what someone has told them. For the longest Jow Ga has always said how great one technique is. No matter what school you'll go to, it will always be the same. My first time trying the technique resulted in me getting punched multiple times. I probably ate about 50 punches in the learning process before I learned that there was some stuff the Sifu was leaving out. I see a lot of this especially in Wing Chun and TKD hand techniques. I see the technique but I can also see that some stuff was left out and the only way a person will know what was left out is if they spent time "eating punches to learn." I don't have to be an expert to know this, I just need to see someone who knows how to use WC vs someone who only knows the "demo mode" of WC. You can see the level of understanding when they spar against someone outside of the WC system.
A good example was that post a few months ago with someone that was using WC principles and techniques against a grappler on the ground. Sparring against another system brings out the truth of how much a person understands about their system.