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Monday, December 30, 2013

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Fight Scenes

Looks like Captain America knows Wing Chun. I'm a big Captain America fan and had to share this still from Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

Is it just me or is that a wu sau?

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Anderson Silva Breaks Leg on Chris Weidman Leg Check

Bad news from UFC 168: Anderson Silva has broken his left leg in a likely career-ending injury. The break occurred when Silva fired off a left hook or round kick and Weidman reacted with a classic leg check, lifting his knee in a move popular in Wing Chun. Silva's leg snapped, ending the fight immediately and leaving fans horrified and shaken.

Warning: this video of Anderson Silva breaking his leg is a little disturbing.

Wing Chun Kung Fu does not use hook or round kicks because they are slower and less efficient than straight-line attacks such as the front kick Silva used to knock out Vitor Belfort at UFC 126. They are also easily defended by straight-line defenses such as Weidman's leg check or closing in on the opponent; if your opponent has mastered defending their centerline using a round kick will rarely end well for you.

Note that this is not the first time a circular kick has led to a broken shin in the Octagon: there are other videos like this one out there.

-Kung Fu Los Angeles

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Is Ip Man Alive? And Other FAQs

The Ip Man movies have reignited interest in Bruce Lee’s martial arts master, the late Grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Let’s take a moment to answer some of the most commonly searched “Is Ip Man?” discussion questions according to Google:

  • Is Ip Man still alive? No, he died in 1972 at the age of 79.
  • Is Ip Man a real person? Yes, he was a real person best known as Bruce Lee’s teacher.
  • Is Ip Man in English? The American version of the Ip Man Blu-Ray has English dubbing, but we prefer to watch it with subtitles.
  • Is Ip Man a true story? The movie’s loosely autobiographical.
  • Is Ip Man a good movie? It’s fantastic. Easily one of the best martial arts movies of all time.
  • How is Ip Man pronounced? Yip Man.
  • How does Ip Man punch so fast? Wing Chun’s straight punch is incredibly fast because it uses economy of motion to cut out unnecessary movement.

Did we miss any? Sound off in the comments.

-Sifu Todd Shawn Tei