When a Novice starts Wing Chun Kung Fu, he/she thinks all wing chun is the same. This is the furthest thing from the truth.
There are many different styles of wing chun kung fu. Wing Chun in China has 7 unique families and from the seven emanates many various schools teaching their expression of what they perceive as logical common sense wing chun self defense.
Most wing chun systems state that they do not have a retreat step. I find this very impractical.
Every combat system has a retreat or back step.
Imagine a 6ft 10 African charging at you with intent to harm you – and you don’t have a retreat step.
Leung Bik system also has a 50/50 stance. We do not lean back on the back leg as a lot of wing chun style do.
Being 50/50 means you are not over committed in any direction and you have interrupt ability, when the unexpected happens. In combat that is always a possibility.
If you lean back you cannot move backwards. If you lean forward you cannot move forwards, therefore you are over committed.
With wing chun strategy we always resume our Opponent is larger, stronger and more powerful, so we do not take anything for granted. Wing Chun doesn’t use brute strength or fight force against force so we have to be aloof, balanced and poised.
In the Leung Bik Wooden Dummy format, a lot of people say we are too far away and not close enough to the Dummy when performing the moves.
Practitioners don not realize that we are using the different ranges when practicing Wooden Dummy.
Combat Ranges change all the time during Self Defense from non contact to punching range to knee and elbow range and then moving back out again when it is necessary.
You should not criticize something you know nothing about as a lot of martial artist do, especially wing chun practitioners. They always think there system is the best.
The Leung Bik system is very versatile and adaptive. We have footwork like a Boxer so we are very quick. We do not lean back on the back leg. We can change our Guard to suit the situation and we also protect our outer gates not just our centreline.
Sifu Garry has trained fighters in 22 fights against MuayThai and kick boxers and have won at least 15 fights in the ring. I know what is required to beat those styles of Combat.
It is not that lack of skill in the system, but mainly the lack of fitness level and power that becomes your worst enemy.
A lot of people say traditional martial arts have no place in today’s society. But from the traditional systems comes the newer styles like MMA and the like. MMA means mixed martial arts. MMA stems from a combination of traditional martial arts systems.