Considering Wing Chun
Part 1: Popularity Brings Perversion
I am NOT a “Martial Artist”
for the simple reason that, for me,
the term has become equated with crude brutality,
whilst being bandied about by vicious creatures
who glory in violence – whether literally
It has been very disgusting to see that,
in the 21st century, the term “martial arts”
has become nothing more than a synonym for
the testosterone-posturing “thug brawling”
known as ‘mixed martial arts’.
Amidst this crass vulgarity,
Wing Chun most certainly does Not belong.
A genuine “martial arts practitioner” – a genuine one,
is the man or woman who develops skill in defence
– (that is to say, “defence”, not aggression) –
in conjunction with cultivating skill
… in patience, selflessness,
… and Self Control.
The GENUINE Martial Artist is one
who is HUMBLY confident that he has developed
a certain level of skill in self defence …
… and, having that skill, he has No Need
to force himself upon others:
he can afford – mentally, emotionally –
to exercise patience and self discipline
– until such times as an aggressive,
vicious thug makes that impossible.
Only then – only then – will a martial artist
call upon whatever skill he has accumulated.
A glimpse at the modern “Martial Artist” reveals
nothing more than an athletic, profanity-spewing,
vicious thug who seeks to dominate others
through crude and degrading language,
obscene narcissism, brute force and violence.
The “heroes” of modern multitudes.
Patience and self-discipline are no characteristics
of the ‘celebrities’ that are worshipped by
vicious-minded, vicariously-living admirers
of the “Stars” of choreographed theatrics
depicting (what now passes for) “martial arts”
in popular “entertainment”.
Modern thug-brawling (as far as I am concerned)
has nothing whatsoever to do with Martial Arts.
And I, certainly, have nothing whatsoever to do with
what is now, appallingly, termed “Martial Arts”.
It is only in learning the oral history
that was set down in script by Ip Man,
that one will perceive the uniqueness of Wing Chun:
an oral history – legend – which maintains
that Wing Chun was developed by women.
Whether true or not, Wing Chun in practice
is not suited to the impetuous temper
of testosterone-saturated savages
who create and barge into aggressive situations
like demented animals.
Nor does it turn any man into a Chinese cinematic
super-hero who can defeat ten Karate practitioners
(in one production);
or direct fifty chain-punching blows on one man
( to convey celluloid ‘justice’ ), which, nevertheless
fail to knock the opponent down.
Wing Chun – like everything else in the 21st century,
is just one more … ‘old’ … thing
that has been perverted and popularised
to make money:
in other words, serve greed and appeal
to the ego and entertainment of the vicious-minded
and vacuous masses of the 21st century.
Everything about Wing Chun requires thought
and consideration of human anatomical structure.
Yet, thanks to video displays on the Internet,
modern Wing Chun practitioners
present it as being nothing more than another ‘style’
which can be adapted to the televised vulgarity
now known as ‘mixed martial arts”.
Wing Chun requires thought, timing, and above all
– self control.
Which is why I find it difficult to have seen it so degraded
by Internet ‘tough guys’ who want to impress
domineering youths and vanity-saturated hoodlums,
in order to gain ‘likes’, ‘subscribers’, and ‘followers’.
Along with everything else in the world,
Wing Chun has been cheapened – perverted –
in order to appeal to the vanity and vacuous mentality
of the vicious.
And that truly is an appalling tragedy.
A PRACTICAL Philosophy
Wing Chun does NOT rehearse potential scenarios,
and then devise ‘moves’ to counter them.
Rather, Wing Chun trains the mind and bids
the practitioner to perceive an attacker’s intent,
and apply the body accordingly, to any situation.
Receive the attacker’s force and divert it;
escort his subsequent withdrawal, and attack.
Wing Chun, to me, advocated a mental philosophy
that was already very similar
to the way I have always regarded people I met:
1. Be Aware
3. React with Minimal Effort
A self-disciplined state of mind when under threat
Mentally, Wing Chun would advocate summoning
humility to the fore in an attempt to avoid
ignore the taunt of a thug,
rather than allow him to dominate your emotion,
or destroy your self control –
minimum of movement for maximum effect.
Physically, it advocates being thoroughly ‘grounded’
in balance; if physically threatened –
defend and attack an assailant simultaneously.
The CENTRE LINE
The aim of Wing Chun is to end a violent encounter
and defeat or dissuade an assailant … in seconds
– through simultaneous defence (diverting an incoming blow),
as well as attack, in order to end the conflict.
The arms and legs are held comparatively relaxed,
rather than being constantly rigid from muscular tension.
Wing Chun recognises that he most vulnerable areas
on a human body are located along the surface centre-line
to the front (throat, vitals, groin), side (below ribs),
and rear (spine) of any human being.
In countering an aggressor, my strikes are delivered
from my centre line, to my attacker’s centre line:
my centreline facing his body,
while his centreline is never in line with mine.
The triangular arm-positioning of Wing Chun
naturally diverts any incoming attack
from an assailant’s arms or legs; whilst the
triangular leg-positioning provides optimum stability
for my body to best withstand aggressive force.
Advancing footsteps in Wing Chun are always
short, quick, and sure. Weight is on the heels
in order to best allow the body to pivot in response
to aggressive force, and move quickly.
Wing Chun applies only enough initial physical force
against an attacker as is required to meet, and divert,
his incoming limb.
“Blocking” is meeting force with force. And although
multiple books and teachers insist upon using the term,
(for me), Wing Chun moves, diverts, an attacking limb:
it does not ‘block’.
Wing Chun is a system of defence
that is based upon rules of physics
– specifically, the alignment of the body.
Its effectiveness depends upon correct application
using the least amount of force required,
in the most efficient manner possible,
while maintaining as calm a disposition
as possible in the frightening circumstance
of an attack;
never betraying intent through raised voice
or ‘readable’ facial expression.
The straight line is the shortest, most direct,
quickest – and therefore, preferred – line of travel.
If obstructed, the Wing Chun practitioner
will strike using the most energy-efficient path
The main precept is The Centre Line:
an imaginary line which runs vertically
through the core of the body.
This is the centre of gravity – the centre of balance –
in a human being.
Turning about on this core centre-line,
ensures that one will never suffer loss of balance.
The Wing Chun practitioner will always seek to strike
an attacker’s centre line core:
the closer to the centre-line that an attacker is struck,
the more force he will necessarily receive.
The farther a strike is applied off centre,
the more the assailant can turn with the force:
therefore, when attacked, if victim can
strike his assailant’s centreline,
the attacker will certainly be inconvenienced.
The principles of Wing Chun are contained
within each of three ‘forms’ known as
Siu Lim Tao, Chum Kiu, and Biu Ji.
Performed skilfully, they have a fluidity
of movement – a gentility – that gives them
an almost graceful quality when observed
by an onlooker.
Yet these same forms ( to those who understand
what it is that is being presented ) contain all
the methods needed to stop any attacker.
Wing Chun concerns itself with Physics
in relation to the human body.
The practitioner of Wing Chun does not imitate
a crane, tiger, mantis, snake, or dragon:
its concern is in the real world of human anatomy.
if Wing Chun ‘does not work’, it is due either to
lack of skill in the practitioner; or some distraction
that has given an assailant the crucial advantage.
In the mid-1970’s, I had never any desire to enrol
in any type of martial arts “school” due to the
palpable and consistent air of arrogance, aggression,
and ‘macho’ ( in girls and women too )
competition mentality that seeped from those
whom I had tentatively approached.
I was not aggressive,
and had no interest in becoming so.
It was a subsequent friendship
with a Chinese schoolmate
that allowed me to learn the rudiments;
be given detailed explanations of why
each was used; and taught how, in Wing Chun
– one form builds upon the other.
Practice was then up to me.
Without a teacher, one was left with only
determined Self-discipline and a regimen
of practice ( along with ‘stretching for splits’ )
five days a week, to develop those skills.
In order to begin with a proper and humble mind-set,
I made the conscious effort, and expended
the energy, to learn about Chinese culture:
the gong fu tea ceremony, for instance;
as well as the basics of zhong wen … Mandarin:
enough to speak with courtesy
to a Chinese man or woman …
Any thug can throw a punch: When I
look about me now, and see the disgusting
degradation of “western” society;
the loud, obnoxious, and slovenly illiterates
that, generally, populate it;
at the way in which this degeneration
of humanity is incorporated into modern
presentations of ‘Wing Chun’
… I am so very glad that I studiously avoided
being “trained” by some arrogant thug
in an ‘organised’ class setting.
Wing Chun is not the thug-brawling that now
seemingly passes for “Martial Arts” –
the tragedy is that multitudes of modern ‘teachers’
– and their followers – are doing everything that they can
to cheapen it, in order to make it fit in with
the widespread love of viciousness.