Wing Chun has evolved over time via a process of “natural selection”, with a continual discarding of superfluous, complex and ineffective techniques and movements….Wing Chun is considered to be one of the most, if not the most practical and efficient martial arts….(Wing Chun was) designed solely for the purpose of surviving an attack by being a better attacker than one’s assailant.”
Personal Protection by David Peterson and Rolf Clausnitzer
This article, Personal Protection, supports what I have been discovering over the last decade – the realities of street fighting dovetail with the simple and realistic principles of Wing Chun.
Wing Chun’s 100 plus year old theories closely resemble today’s cutting edge “reality-based,” “Pavement Arena” approach to fighting, led by writers/theorists and teachers such as Geoff Thompson, Peter Consterdine, Rory Miller, Lawrence Kane, Marc MacYoung, Peyton Quinn, Loren W. Christensen and others.
The experiences of street fighters and law enforcement officers offering a sobering antidote to dojo and armchair fight fantasies. When real life in the form of actual violence meet human beings with our less than optimal strength and conditioning and our less than professional level training, unpredictable things happen.
Real life and death situations require a conservative approach to training based on embedding simple reflexes with few moving parts combined with proactive aggression. That is, we must train to “attack the attack.”