If It Looks Like A Martial Art…
Reviewing Instructor Training materials recently caused me to reflect on the nature of Wing Chun Do, so excuse me for mixing metaphors but, ‘If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, be it Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ju Jitsu, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, etc., it must be a Martial Art.’ But the term martial art cannot adequately describe Wing Chun Do. Wing Chun Do is not martial art. It is martial science – a purely scientific study of self-defense. What’s the difference? Art is the personal expression of the creator’s perception of reality. It can be analogy, allegory, embellishment, entertainment, interpretation, symbolism, etc. Science, on the other hand, is the quest to correctly identify the facts of reality – period! And, the method must be provable and repeatable. This requires ongoing, unbiased research and development. This is the method applied by Wing Chun Do.
Upon careful study of natural human body-mechanics, one can discern, define and master a set of bio-mechanical principles which allows anyone (regardless of age, size or physical condition) to express their total, natural strength potential. This is accomplished by engaging one’s core to generate and express energy. (A skill commonly attributed to chi). No matter what task is at hand – whether lifting a box, pushing a car, splitting fire-wood or defending oneself – any two people searching for the most efficient way to perform the task must arrive at the same conclusion. Logically, there can be only one most efficient way to do anything. Then, there is second most efficient. In matters of self-defense, it doesn’t pay to be second most efficient.
Wing Chun Do is not secretive, mysterious, enigmatic, or ethereal. It is not complicated or difficult, and does not require great athleticism. On the contrary, Wing Chun Do is the simple, efficient and practical expression of the average human body for the purpose of self-protection. Taking a clear, scientific approach to self-defense, WCD is based on a set of conceptual and physical principles which can be demonstrated, clearly and indisputably, via a set of non-martial, physical strength demos. Anyone willing to take an unbiased look (be it the seasoned martial artist or the layman) will immediately recognize its validity.
Whether, to you, this declaration seems curious, puzzling, intriguing, dubious, or unintelligible, please visit a Wing Chun Do training center and we’ll be happy to clear things up.