Aren’t we opening up a can of worms when we talk about traditional vs modified wing chun.
Throughout the years, I have been exposed to a wide variety of perspectives on the topic of modified Wing Chun versus traditional Wing Chun.
Both styles have been demonstrated to me, and in my opinion, it makes no difference which style of Wing Chun you practice as long as you are proficient in it.
This is something that I believe to be true because, when all is said and done, a pak is a pak, a tan is a tan, and a straight punch is a straight punch, etc.
It doesn’t really matter which school of Wing Chun you practice because the art is created by the practitioner, not the method.
There are strong combatants hailing from a variety of cultural and geographic traditions all over the world.
There are some differences between traditional vs modified wing chun though that are worth mentioning…
Traditional vs Modified Wing Chun Differences
For instance, the various Wing Chun styles all have slightly different requirements for how a person should hold a Tan Sao.
It is a load of crap to actually say that one is less effective than another. The simple truth is that you have to modify Wing Chun in order for it to work for you. You shouldn’t try to modify your form to fit Wing Chun. What comes naturally to someone else might not come as easily to you at all.
The Science of movement serves as the foundation for everything that we do. We don’t do techniques just because someone said should.
We practice these techniques because they can be demonstrated scientifically.
The fact that Sifu Phu teaches you how to listen to and interpret the flow of energy is one of the things that I appreciate most about studying under him.
That seems to be the one that needs to be mastered first and foremost.
The ability to learn how to have a conversation with your hands is something that I found to be one of the most profound aspects of the Wing Chun style.
At first glance, it might appear that people are just cycling around and attempting to collide with one another…
On the other hand, a conversation is taking place in one’s head between two different people. The first person is posing a question, and the second person is providing an answer.
There is no clear winner between the Traditional vs Modified wing chun approach. Both approaches, when all is said and done, will bring you to the same destination.
On the other hand, I feel obligated to point out that both categories contain both competent and incompetent educators.
My best piece of guidance for you is to figure out what works best for you, excel at it, and then look for a fantastic instructor to guide you along the way.
Watch Below to Hear Sifu Phu Ngo’s Thoughts About Traditional vs. Modified Wing Chun:
Related Questions To Traditional vs Modified Wing Chun
Is Traditional Wing Chun effective?
The short answer is yes of course it’s effective. Although I can’t speak about any specific school. I will say some Wing Chun schools simply don’t train with outside martial art schools.
This causes a situation where the practitioner isn’t ready to adapt to dealing with a different style. Of course the simple solution is to work on your wing chun skill vs different martial art disciplines.
How many styles of Wing Chun are there?
So I don’t think there is a hard definitive answer to this question. This is because Wing Chun is an external and internal martial art.
What this means is part of the training is about sticking to your opponent and developing your sensitivity skill.
Each person is different as is each person’s understanding of these universal things. So there are many styles. Even if we look at the main styles of Wing Chun
You Have William Chueng’s Wing Chun which is different from say Grandmaster Kwoks Wing Chun. And there are many flavors in between.
What are your thoughts about traditional vs. modified Wing Chun? Chime in below!