“I want to bring something new to boxing. I want to be known to fans and appreciated as a ‘boxer-painter’ in regards to speed, footwork, punching power – an art form inside the ring. I have looked at videos of many great champions like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Frazier who each had special qualities. I never say one particular fighter is the best ever because each has a special unique style of fighting.”
Vasyl Lomachenko, Boxingnewsonline
Its hard to find really high quality Wing Chun footage (except from Gary Lam, Philip Bayer, and Wang Zhi Peng, all Wong Shun Leung students, and a few others, including my Sifu Greg LeBlanc). This is because there are not that many people who are really good and because you have to be really good to show Wing Chun in its full and dynamic action without damaging your demo partner.
Wing Chun happens close and you have to have a highly evolved sense of the distance to “play” in that space without accidents.
And even with these Wing Chun masters, you don’t see what would really happen in a fight. They don’t “take position” in the way they would in a fight. In demos, they use various trades to stand in for taking position. Sifu Lam will often make the opponent wrong and Po Pai. Greg will often straight arm the head. Bayer does this too. Wang Zhi Peng will finish with throws.
Wing Chun is a striking style and a real fight would look more like a boxing match than anything else, but a particular type of boxing they call “in-fighting.” You don’t see it too often, but a good example can be found in featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Lomachenko is a Western boxer, so of course he does many non-Wing Chun actions (lots of head movement, hooks and overhand punches), he also has many fighting habits which just look like WIng Chun principles in action. He chains punches to the centerline. He will often step into the pocket and stay there, managing his distance while tearing up his opponent. He often punches with his elbow down into the center. He uses Lan Sao. And his footwork is an excellent example for young WIng Chun guys who wonder, how will this work?
It works when you do it fluidly and fast.
Lomachenko does footwork that is practically textbook triangle stepping, only he does it really fast. He often switches to one side or even behind the opponent, and attacks on the new line before the opponent can track his movement. He’ll often hit and then step in the interval while his oppoent is rocked.
This is how fast you should be doing it! We train slow to get fast, but you eventually have to do it fast. This whole thing is interesting but really gets going around minute 8.