“From what I have seen in the ‘UFC’ matches, in my own training, and various other situations, it is clear that standing right in front of the attacker and expecting to “blow him away” with the deadly ferocity of our counter-attack is simply not realistic. Meeting his/her force head-on in that manner is crazy.”
David Peterson from his article, “Tackling the Tackle”
Wing Chun has no ground game.
Thus, we have two options.
We need to avoid being taken down (by being good at attacking the head viciously) or we need to study another art which specializes in this grappling or ground range.
I recommend both.
I’ve studied enough Brazilian Ju Jitsu to handle myself against someone who doesn’t know much but has knocked me down with sheer weight or surprize, which I hope is good enough to save my bacon if I accidentally run into a competent ground fighter for some crazy reason. I know even less Greco-Roman wrestling, but a little bit. A few tricks really.
I’m just not a fan of rolling around on the ground getting choked out or having my face ground into the mat. I’ll take my chances that in the real world, I can avoid competent wrestlers/BJJ guys and that I can keep the fight standing long enough to finish it.
But its good to have a plan for every contingency. In this article, David Peterson recommends what I believe we call “goat ma,” which is a sort of move similar to what a bullfighter does with the bull, footwork derived from the knife form.
See below, when Sifu Wong turns his whole body away (from the incoming weapon point), this is Goat Ma.