Over the years, I have heard many different views on modified vs traditional Wing Chun. I’ve seen both and personally I don’t think it matters what version of Wing Chun you do as long as you do it well.
The reason I say that is, because at the end of the day a pak is a pak, a tan is a tan and a straight punch is a straight punch, etc. It doesn’t really matter what style of Wing Chun you do, because it’s the person that makes the art. There are good fighters all over the world coming from different backgrounds.
There are some differences though that are worth mentioning…
For example: The way that a person holds a Tan Sao differs among the different Wing Chun styles.
To actually say one is less effective vs. another is rubbish. The fact of the matter is that you need to adapt Wing Chun to you. You shouldn’t adapt to Wing Chun. What is natural for someone else may not be natural for you.
What we do is based on the Science of movement. We don’t do techniques just because someone said should. We do techniques, because it can proven scientifically. What I like about learning from Sifu Phu, is he teaches you how to listen to and read energy. To me, that is the most important skill to master.
What I found to be profound in the Wing Chun style is the ability to learn how to have a conversation with your hands. On the surface it looks like people are just cycling and trying to hit each other… However, internally a conversation is going on between two people. One person is asking a question and the other person is answering.
Neither Traditional nor modified is better than the other. Both styles at the end of the day take you to the same place. I will point out however, that there are bad teachers and good teachers in both groups.
The best tip of advice I can give you, is do what works for you, do it well and find a great teacher to help you get there.
Watch Below to Hear Sifu Phu Ngo’s Thoughts About Traditional vs. Modified Wing Chun:
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