Adam Chan from Pragmatic Martial Arts in Vancouver. I’m not sure who his teachers were – I heard Jesse Glover?
But his arguments are reasonable, similar to my discussion in many ways.
“We’re not going to keep on blocking someone’s punches in fighting…it’s always one idea, one punch, to hit my person. But, if my hand can’t get in to hit him, I need my assisting hand.”
Sifu John Smith, Illawarra Ving Tsun
As Sisuk Smith demonstrates, Wing Chun is really a very simple method of fighting.
People complicate it unnecessarily.
If you are clear, you step in and punch to the head. If you run into an obstruction, you clear it and back to punching!
If you develop all the underlying attributes (structure, timing, conditioned hands, chain punch, etc, etc) your fight will be over in an instant.
I am a fan of the UFC, although I think many people get confused about the differences between pro fighters and normal people and the applicability of the UFC fight style to “real” fights that go down in bars or streets or during a home invasion.
But still, it was interesting to see in these UFC stats. how many knockouts there were. I suspect that many of the decisions (the other high number) are based on wrestlers and/or BJJ specialists doing lots of takedowns and controlling the action (but not finishing), but you still have a better than even chance of getting knocked out with a head strike.
Even in the highly controlled conditions of the cage, which I think favors grapplers. You have to be really good at takedown defense or you are generally going down. In a bar or on the street, a vicious fighter has many more terminal options at their disposal. Many Wing Chun hits are on the end of the action, when the head hits something else besides the fist. Like the ground (wall, curb, table, glass, car).