I think this is a pretty interesting video as it brings up the argument of what, exactly, real fighting is and, more importantly, what real kung fu is.
It’s obvious that both girls known Wing Chun. They have the form and technique down. But it comes apparent, pretty quickly, that the girl in blue sacrifices Wing Chun in favour of more “underhanded” tactics…shirt pulling, grappling and some questionable kicks.
The girl in white seems to keep her composure and maintains a pretty consistent Wing Chun attitude to the fight (minus a headlock here and there) but, more importantly, offers a real example of what Wing Chun looks like.
Granted, this seems to be a friendly fight but it’s obvious that Wing Chun isn’t graceful or flamboyant. In fact, it can pretty ugly and scrappy.
It aims to neutralize and counter an attack (which is shown a few times here) but, to the unbeknownst eye, it just looks like flailing limbs.
Wing Chun isn’t going to look like Donnie Yen’s “Ip Man” films. It’s brutal and punishing but far from pretty.
The other thing this fight poses is the question as to when it’s ok to modify your style. The girl in blue gives up on Wing Chun but does that make her smart? Is grappling and seemingly losing composure adaptation? In a friendly fight like this where, I’m assuming, it’s meant to be all Wing Chun she seems to miss the point but in a real fight does turning scrappy have its advantages?
You’ll notice the girl in white lands some pretty heavy punches while her opponent is scrabbling.
These are all good questions. When do you switch styles or abandon one? What does it get you in a real life-threatening fight?