A Contest Between Wing Chun schools

They don’t advertise it as a contest between two of the top wing chun schools in Hong Kong, but if you know how the Chinese are, you’d know that that is exactly what is going on. One teacher trains one fighter, another teacher trains the other fighter, then everyone gets to see what happens. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the opponent of the two stars of the show came from the opposite training place, thus making it a direct, not just indirect, contest between two wing chun schools.

Now I noticed another interesting thing. Jimmy, the guy with the football shoulders, gets sent to the “Grandmaster” for training. That school has its pride of fame being a “direct descent” from Ip Man. They bow. They bow. And the guy speaks English. Now let’s compare and contrast.

The other guy, Doug former US army, gets sent to the second Wing Chun school and they shake hands with the main instructor and students. They shake hands, a Western greeting, yet the main instructor doesn’t speak much English. Notice any disparity yet?

Now I haven’t met a lot of martial art instructors but the ones I do know fall into a few specific categories. One category is the one with a chip on their shoulder. They demand respect because they think anything that goes against their way of doing things is “disrespect” and they get insecure and thus angry about it. You see this a lot in japanese martial arts, because the Japanese custom of bowing gives people an excuse to player power boss. They, who do not understand the Japanese mind and heart, the kokoro, are aping Japanese customs as a way to become “authentic”, because they lack skill and confidence. And I suspect that this is what is going on between those two wing chun schools. One school has superior skill and is based upon skill, the other is based around strength, external prowess, and borrowed reputation.

It was not unexpected that the more a martial arts instructor believes in their reputation, the less skilled they are. And the less skilled they are, the more impatient they become when teaching students, producing avoidable injuries that permanently set back a student’s progress.

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2 Comments on “A Contest Between Wing Chun schools”


  1. As a intermediate practicioner I find any advice helpful and great resources and blogs are difficult to find.

  2. ymarsakar Says:

    Leonard, did check out Jin Young’s youtube channel and videos concerning Wing Chun? Although he has progressed his art in a different path since then, so those videos may no longer be around. They were in 2012 and before though, I believe.


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