Wong Shun Leung Documentary Funding Appeal

“There are many stupid people in the world who will believe in magical powers to protect their bodies from attack; they don’t wish to train hard but, instead, wish to take a short cut.  Those who train hard, who drip sweat and blood, will know whether they stand a chance in a fight or not, whilst those who haven’t will always be in doubt and hide behind their beliefs.”
Wong Shun Leung in The Combat Philosophy of Wong Shun Leung

Director John Little (Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey) has been working on a documentary on Wong Shun Leung for several years, called Wong Shun Leung: King of the Talking Hands.

Ip Man and Wong Shun Leung

Ip Man and Wong Shun Leung

Little couldn’t get funding from a movie studio as with his previous films, since everyone has heard of Bruce Lee and few have heard of Wong.

This relative anonymity is the reason for the need of such a film.  Because Wong was really the man behind the man (in regard to Bruce Lee) and the man behind the emergence of Wing Chun as an art known around the world.

He taught Bruce Lee, Gary Lam, Philip Bayer, Wan Kam Leung, Barry Lee, David Peterson, Philip Ng, Chiu Hok Yin, Cliff Au-Yeung, Lewis Luk, , John Smith, Nino Bernardo, and many many more.

His approach to Wing Chun is not refined or scholarly but stripped down and street ready.  He was a good Western boxer before discovering Wing Chun and he brought the pragmatic thinking and training ethos to Wing Chun.

A ‘PayPal’ account has been set up specifically for the purpose of collecting contributions towards the budget necessary to produce this film.

You can make a donation by clicking the ‘PayPal’ donation button that can be found on the webpage HERE (on David Peterson’s site).

Ice T: “I’m a Pussy…I Just Want to Play X-Box”

I think men, growing up, you have to go through some form of hardship. You’ve got to harden the metal.
Ice T

The more capable you become in dealing out violence, the more important it is that you understand the potential consequences (guilt, hospital, prison, morgue).

There are two truths Ice T speaks in this video.

One, there are many men who are harder than me.  Harder, stronger, faster, more vicious.  Some men are killers.  I am not a killer.

He said in his book, The Ice Opinion: Ice T “,I’m wasn’t a gangster — I was a thief.”

After he got out of the service, he went back to L.A. and hooked up with his friends from Crenshaw High and the Thirties (I think by Jackson Park) and got involved in bank robberies and jewelry store heists.  But he managed to mature and get out of that life.

A big part of this sort of maturing process was to move away from the need to correct every bit of “disrespect” with “retribution.”

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Ice T has a podcast called “ICE T: FINAL LEVEL.”

 

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Movie Fights: Scott Adkins VS a Barfull of Thai Stuntmen

This guy Scott Adkin appears to be an up-and-coming action hero.

He’s slated to join Tony Jaa and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and former UFC fighter George St. Pierre (who did a decent job in Captain America 2) in the 3-D remake of Jean Claude Van Damme‘s Kickboxer (1989).

Can you believe they are remaking that?  I was never a big Van Damme fan – probably his best movie was 1994’s Timecop.

But hey, they remade Dawn of the Dead and the remake was much better than the low-budget original. Maybe they’ll do a good job?

Adkins has been slowly creeping up the ladder from fighting extra (The Accidental Spy 2001) to anonymous bad guy (Unleashed 2005) to bad guy with a name (Agent Kiley in The Bourne Ultimatum 2007) to low-budget lead (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear 2013) to medium budget lead bad guy (King Amphitryon in The Legend of Hercules).

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So next must be lead in a medium budget flick?

Here he fights a room full of stuntmen in an outdoor bar in Thailand.  Maybe this is where he met Tony Jaa?  I would bet dollars to donuts half these dudes were in one of the Raid movies.

The choreography is old-school (long shots of well-choreographed moves) and lacks that  smash and blast, scrambling for advantage ultraviolence brought to the genre in movies like the Bourne series, the Raid movies, and yes, even Captain America: The Winter Solider, which is, if you haven’t seen it, totally awesome and entertaining.

But his TKD is clean and he brings a lot of force to it, so I think he has promise.  Note the flying arm bar (this was like the hip movie fight choreography move of 2013).  You can see how this might not be the best move for a free-for-all bar fight (he ends up laying on the ground on his back defending against an attack with a broken bottle).  It works out for him (because he’s the hero).

Is Wing Chun Ineffective in a Street Fight for Self Defense

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he’s talking about.
Sam Ewing

I had a comment from a reader with the ballsy name “Awesomeman.”

He said: “You should see the video in youtube called “is wing chun ineffective in a street fight for self defense” that guy called Shane was ignorant about wing chun, you should watch it and react to it.”

So I took a look. This video op-ed is from a young guy  named Shane on a site called “FightTIPS.”  Not sure exactly what his business is but it looks like online fight training?

There are a few problems I see with Shane’s video op-ed piece (problems symptomatic of our internet “discussion of fighting” culture) and I think he did one thing right.

The thing he did right was to refrain from being an asshole about his opinion and from insisting his opinion was the only only possible one.

So props to him — he gave his opinion and some supporting remarks (he sees problems with the Wing Chun footwork and with the efficacy of blocking “heavy haymaker or hook” punches with a block and attack action/ Tan type block).

But he didn’t launch into a bunch of name-calling and harsh words.

To some degree, Shane (and the commenters) were  going over the usual UFC/MMA/K1  VS “fill-in-the-blank” classical martial art.

People love to put Wing Chun into this sort of comparison.  There are many many people saying that in an MMA-syle vs Wing Chun fight, Wing Chun loses badly.  Look at any random page on Bullshido and you’ll find this idea expressed with a lot of conviction.

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Wing Chun in California

Here is a clip from one of Wing Chun’s more prolific online personalities, Dominick Izzo (a Chicago Cop who studied Wing Chun with Danny Halligan (who learned from Eric Lee, student of Ip Ching) of Izzo Tactical Combat giving his opinion on California Wing Chun schools, including kind words for my Sifu, Greg LeBlanc.

Its great to see Greg’s well-deserved reputation as one of the best Wing Chun teachers in the US grow.

When I started with him in early 2008, he had recently moved to the Bay Area from LA and had only two or three students.  He is modest (to a fault) and this leads to him sometimes hiding his light under a bushel.  I hope his rep and our school continue to grow and prosper.

Izzo also gives a shout out to Klaus Brand.  My first Wing Chun teacher in the Bay Area was Paul Wang (a good guy and a passionate WC teacher), who now is the head teacher at Brand’s US Headquarters in Berkeley.  I saw Brand a few times back in the day and he was pretty badass.  He was a Leung Ting/Kernspecht student from the “Castle” who has gone his own way and developed a modified Wing Chun which looks to have incorporated his Karate and Escrima backgrounds, resulting in an interesting hybrid style.  I’ve only seen their new stuff on video so don’t know much about it.