Welcome to Snake vs Crane.
My name is Steven Moody.
Since 1978, I’ve studied Tae Kwan Do, Karate, several styles of Escrima, and Boxing, but I wasted a lot of time with sloppy training, no focus, and teachers who didn’t know or couldn’t teach what I wanted to learn.
I wanted to know how to fight in the real world against an opponent who was trying to hurt me.
In my late 30′s, I decided to go for it, find a style and a teacher, and put in the time. I wanted training that made sense and that was battle-tested that I could continue to train in old age. After a lot of research, I chose Wing Chun Kung Fu.
I moved to Oakland, California in 2000 and spent the last thirteen years studying Wing Chun. Since I was also a Librarian, I also put a lot of time into studying everything that has been written about the style in particular and about fight science in general. This training and research into fight science has been my unpaid part-time job.
After more than five years, I’m now close to “finishing” the Wing Chun system in the Greg LeBlanc – Gary Lam – Wong Shun Leung – Ip Man lineage. I put the word finishing in parentheses because you never really finish! Its just like golf or any other sport: you are always competing with yourself to improve just a little bit more. And then you start dealing with the loss of capability as you age and that’s another challenge. It only ends when you give up training or when you die.
Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of books and thousands of articles on fighting, exercise science, physiology, and the psychology of combat. I’ve picked the brains of all my teachers.
This website is about communicating the best and most distilled version of what I’ve learned.
I want to help other people get to where I am (and beyond!) faster and more efficiently. I am trying to “hack” this information and figure out how to communicate it as clearly and simply as possible.
I will also pass along the best of the Wing Chun and fighting-related movies, articles, science, psychology, and events I find through my research and contacts.
My ultimate goal is to create enough material to write a book, the one I always wished I could find on Wing Chun.
I’m also studying information design and looking at other how-to books to try and figure out the best way to use text, photos, illustrations, and multimedia to accomplish my objective.
So – welcome, enjoy the site, and stick around. I’m just barely getting started.
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