I have been studying Wing Chun for two years now, and I am really enjoying it. If you find a good school with a solid lineage, and a live connection
to that lineage, Wing Chun is a fantastic all-around martial art. It is devastatingly effective. No single martial art covers everything, but Wing
Chun covers most situations. in my opinion. My lineage even includes ground recovery. (We don't ground fight, we practice dealing with ground
fighters, and getting back to our feet).
Of course everyone in this thread is going to pick their favorite art and tell you it's "the one". What I am saying is that learning a martial art
takes time and dedication. How good of a fighter you are has much more to do with YOU than it does your art. It's the fighter, not the style in many
I would tell you to try Wing Chun because it is a very efficient street art, and since the principles of it do not rely on brute strength or size, it
is an art for people of all ages, sizes and body types. It is an art you can practice proficiently well into old age just like Ip Man himself did.
Many other martial arts rely on brute strength and insane speed, which is great if you are dedicated to training and conditioning constantly. Wing
Chun instead relies on superior stance/footwork, position, muscular-skeletal alignments, and sensitivity. You do not "react" to an attack in Wing
Chun. Things are happening faster than the analytical mind can process, so Wing Chun teaches your principles that allow the art to flow from the
artistic side of your mind, which is much faster. It flows with the given situation.
My Sifu weighs about 165 lbs. I weight about 180, have been in several fights in my past, and do not consider myself a wimp at all. He can and does
walk through me like I am an insignificant cloud of nothing, and it's a very humbling experience. I've seen him do the same thing with people who
weigh 50lbs more than I do.
Bruce Lee used to say "I do not hit. It hits all by itself." As someone who practices Wing Chun, I now understand and experience what he meant by
that. Even when Bruce Lee later created Jeet Kune Do, he kept most of the Wing Chun principles in place as part of his creation.
MMA is very popular these days, so armchair fighters think it is the end all be all. It is not. It's a sport. There are rules that are taught at
these schools that do not apply on the street. A real martial art will tear and claw at flesh, it will strike the neck and the back of the head. It
will teach you medical accuracy for your strikes, and what kinds of reactions and injuries they give your opponent. I'm not talking mystical magical
movie Kung Fu here. I'm talking about real street-ready Wing Chun.
Even if you don't choose Wing Chun, make sure you find a good, respectable teacher, and check references. There are A LOT of charlatans out there
teaching bad martial arts. Find out who taught your teacher, and check up on them too. Lineage is very important no matter what the art
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