The transcript below is from the video “Chasing Hands is BAD Wing Chun” by My Name is Prince.

Prince Bell Jr.:

I’ll do something a little different today. Let’s talk about Wing Chun.

What’s up y’all? My name is Prince and I’m an urban acolyte. This is my channel Goldenbell training where I talk about nutrition. martial arts. strength and conditioning, and really how to become the baddest mofo in your dojo. So, after work today, I was kind of being lazy and

I was watching videos on Master Wong’s channel. Now, I watch Master Wong as comedy, right? It’s like comedy about martial arts. I don’t watch, go in, expecting to learn something or have some profound insight but today that actually happened. And that’s when I saw a subject of chasing hands. Now, this came up in a video where Master Wong was doing a Wing Chun workshop. One of the participants asked him like, why does he say that chasing hands is bad. And Master Wong’s initial answer was like, look man if you’re chasing hands, the object is to go in for the kill. If you’re chasing hands, you’re just kind of playing around, somebody might shoot in on you. They’ll take you to the ground and they’ll mount you and ground and pound you, and they beat you up, they kick your ass real bad, right? That’s how Master Wong talked.

Prince Bell Jr.:

It made me think back to a conversation that I had with my kung fu brother. Really the guy who, if you, I put it like this, if it wasn’t for that dude y’all wouldn’t be watching me right now. Like, he would be like the “William Cheung to my Bruce Lee”, right?

William Cheung was a person who brought Bruce Lee to Ip Man. Of course, we know Wong Shun Leung was the person who was actually teaching Bruce wing chun when he was studying with the grandmaster Ip, right? But William Cheung was the person who brought Bruce Lee there. They, you know, he takes credit: “I made Bruce Lee!” Bruce Lee right? We can put a question mark with that.

But with this guy, I don’t say his name in video because he leads a very private life, but he was the person who really took me under his wing, worked with me a lot with Wing Chun when I was in the Navy of studying Wing Chun and he’s the one who introduced me to Taoism; taoism meditation, taoism Qi Gong. And he was the person who used Star Wars to help me understand all of the stuff that he was studying with his Taoist master, and all this stuff in the world of martial arts, you know. He was the one who told me what books I should check out, all of that.

Prince Bell Jr.:

So, we were having a conversation probably a year, or maybe, I think it was a year, no it would, I’d only been back home for a few months, right? I started studying Southern Praying Mantis and, you know, I don’t want to say anything bad about my Mantis teacher, but he talked very negatively about Wing Chun. I’m just throwing it out there. I ended up meeting another person who wanted to study Wing Chun and we both kind of, we had both passed through this school at different points in time. And we had the same exchange like, yeah that dude really like, hates Wing Chun.

Actually, I’ll say this, he told me that there was one lineage of Wing Chun that he liked, that was the Emin Boztep, flavor of Wing Chun. And Emin Boztep is a Turkish guy, he’s known as the guy who beat up William Cheung at a Wing Chun workshop or seminar. He was a student of not Wong Shun Leung, the other, there’s another really famous Wing Chun guy, he was known as, like the best fighter or something. He ended up starting his own association.

Prince Bell Jr.:

He changed the name because some people, like, think that, like it kind of made this guy not his successor but he named him, he’s like the top dog after, you know, before he stepped down and retired and died, right. I don’t know why I can’t think of this guy’s name, but Emin Boztep came from his lineage. And this guy’s actually had a lot of pretty famous students. Like, one of his students is a German guy who, like, I’ve been wanting to do a video on him, and call it like, this guy has the most complete Wing Chun system in the world.

And then, I was really gonna do it the troll, all of Wing Chun people, because there’s like, he studied like all these different lineages of Wing Chun. He has the largest Wing Chun organization in Europe. I think he has, it’s either 70 schools for 700, I think it’s 70 schools under him all over Germany and other parts of Europe. And he went to try to figure out how to complete his Wing Chun, like his martial art and he ended up studying Ely Chin and now, he’s like one of my Sifu students. He’s an old dude. He’s like in his 70s, it’s not some young dude alright. But anyway, that’s a huge tangent. My point is, I was talking about chasing hands and I ended up telling y’all the story. I believe that in this video I’m not gonna edit that out.

Prince Bell Jr.:

My big brother told me that: look like chasing hands is not true Wing Chun. It’s not true Wing Chun, right. If you’re going in chasing hands like how is that sticking to the philosophy? Look, I stop your attack by crushing your windpipe, right? And this guy, the guy, the Wing Chun teacher, I cannot think of his name to save my life and I can see his face but he has an interview, I think on like mind, body and kick-ass moves. That old show of Chris Crudelli, he was on there and he was like look, you know, the whole goal of Wing Chun is somebody’s coming at you, you hit the power switch, right.

Boom! I hit you in the nose. I knocked out your lights in the fight, right. Chasing hands is not, that looks good movies, that’s movie Wing Chun, you know. We’re doing “Prodigal Son”, we’re doing, you know, “Ip Man” with the Donnie Yen movies, or the young “Ip Man” movies, the Grandmaster, the artistic, like that stuff looks good in the movies. If you’re Jason Bourne, well, actually, Jason Bourne had a lot of Kali, right. But Kali and Escrima have some similarities to Wing Chun. What’s another movie Wing Chun is in? The Sherlock Holmes movies, right? Iron Man, he fell in love with Wing Chun. He had studied Wing Chun for that role, right. That looks good in the movies. That is not real Wing Chun. All that, you can say principle, what about the trapping? The trapping is to take someone to the ground, right?

Prince Bell Jr.:

There’s a story about my Sifu Renee, my Wing Chun teacher, where I don’t know if he was teaching a workshop a seminar or what, but there was a guy in Renee’s little Chinese dude from Macau. He’s not much bigger than me. I think I probably outweighed him by 30 pounds, 30 or 40 pounds. Now, I’m 190, right? So, he’s a slim dude and some dude twice his size, he just took him like one arm and just slung that dude to the ground, right? A big bodybuilder looking mofo, right? Now, is that because he has some special Chi powers? No. I mean, it’s real Wing Chun’s all based on leverage and in attacking your opponent’s weak point. I will say this, after now, that I’m not, you know, because I’m not in California, and I’m doing Ely Chin.

I listened to Sifu Renee give a talk at a workshop that he held. The big workshop with, like all the students and different schools under him out in San Diego. And it was interesting that I heard him talk about yin and yang the way we talk about Yin and Yang and Ely Chin, right, using the front, the mean men and the Don Tian, right? Now, I never heard anyone talk about Wing Chun in that way ever, and Sifu Renee says that there’s one thing in Wing Chun that he’s changed from what was taught to Grandmaster Ho by Ip Man and what was handed down to him. And that was, it’s a move in the dummy form.

Prince Bell Jr.:

So, it makes me think that if Renee is talking that way about Wing Chun that Ip Man was teaching, internal aspects of Wing Chun that aren’t being taught now, right. That’s another tangent but you know what, if you’re training the internal art then you’re developing in what we call Ely Chin. The feel, the touch, the one, man I got it, I gotta get back to my study guide to get up on my books. That camera, one such this feel, right? One such new… this is something that can only be attained through the meditation, through the self practice and then the partner drills. Understanding that feel, that touch, when you touch someone and you can feel where they are and where they are not. And please do not twist this. I’m not talking about energetic miserable bullshit because you guys, some of you have been going there, and nothing is there. It’s just like the air I’m breathing and I can smell that there’s freshly cut grass, alright.

This is my neighborhood where I grew up, was born and raised, alright. Even though I’ve been all over the world in the military and lived in New Jersey, lived in New York for a year and lived in the ATL for 2 years, yeah. I lived in Atlanta 2-3 years, lived in ATL for 3 years, right but I will always remember the smell of freshly cut grass in my neighborhood and I always can smell when it’s gonna rain here. Because I have been growing up breathing this air for almost it on and off for almost 40 years, right. And you guys, some of you ain’t been black, don’t crack y’all. Probably didn’t know I’m almost 40, turning 39 next month. Young and look good, huh? Yeah! Take care of yourself. Meditate, drink water, eat a plain strong diet, right. And do your kung fu, lift your kettlebells, right.

Prince Bell Jr.:

Anyway, my point is, right, from paying attention doing this day in and day out, that is how I can sense that freshly cut grass. I think we might get some rain soon, right. That is that is how you develop the feel, right. Developing the feel in Wing Chun that is the goal. Where is this person? Where are they strong? Where are they weak? I want to attack that weakness. I want to strike first. I want to strike fast. I want to strike hard. It’s not boom boom boom boom boom chain punches. Because you can’t even chain punch somebody 8 times in a minute, in a second in the face. You’re gonna break your goddamn hand, right. The point is to get in close, you trap them, you take them to the ground, that one inch punch, that’s when that comes in. It’s a one inch strike or really, when you really have true internal power, and I’m not talking about magic, I’m just talking about being able to transfer force over a short range. It’s a no-inch punch, we have that in Ely chin. True Tai Chi has that.

Real Wing Chun has that. A no-inch punch when you’re right up against somebody, boom, right. And you slap that Oregon. There’s a move in the ceiling town, something like this and then boom, right. And if you’re in closing, you got somebody tied up and then boom, you go in and strike. That’s a shot to the kidney, right. That’s a shot to the kidney that’s gonna force the toxins back up into their bloodstream and they’re going f*cking down, right. They are going to f*ck down that the fight is over, right. You hit them in the gut with that, right. They’re puking, hopefully not on you, fight over. That is real Wing Chun. You strike hard, you strike fast, you get in close, boom, you tie them up or you just strike boom, right. Don’t even tie them up. That’s the end of the confrontation.

Prince Bell Jr.:

Real Wing Chun, real Tai Chi, real Ely Chin, real Gongfu is when people don’t even know there was a fight. They say: Man, f*ck! Today, man, I was looking at the guy and he was talking the other guy saying f*ck you, they got close and I don’t know what happened. It looked like the guy like, sneezed or something, that other guy went down. And the one guy was like please don’t hurt me. I don’t want any trouble. I don’t want to fight, right. Because I’m looking at a cop car right over there, riding in somebody, you know, walked off, you know, from the sidewalk, you know, back here, starts messing with me. And these guys over here playing soccer see that and I wind up. And I woah…You know, like Bruce Lee and kick the f*ck out of him. And that cop getting out of his car, what does he see? He sees this guy walked up, approached me, I kicked the f*ck out of him. Now, I’m the aggressor. I’m going to f*cking jail, right. But if they just see this guy walked up on me, nobody knows what happened. I don’t know what happened man, he said there’s something wrong. He said he’s having chest pains or something. Somebody please send help. Well, now, they don’t know what happened.

Prince Bell Jr.:

We had words this guy started having convulsions and pains and I’m calling 911 to get him help. And now, I go home and eat my beans and rice and upload my video to YouTube and go to work the next day and maybe I’m a hero, but I’m not going to jail. I’m not in any trouble and nobody knows but I just unleash the beast. F*cked this guy up. But if I’m chasing hands, people see that and that’s not real Wing Chun. And I’m a little dude if I’m chasing hands and trying to tie somebody up. Hey man! That might give him time to call his homeboys and they, hey man, he might be friends with all these Latino cats behind me playing soccer. They might hop the fence kick the f*ck out of me, right. I’m not Neo from the Matrix, I can’t fight a hundred Smiths. So, I might not even be able to fight to it and I ain’t got that kind of cardio anymore. I don’t run track anymore. Someday is long gone. So, you guys get what I’m saying like, real Wing Chun, strike hard, strike fast, be first and it’s all about awareness, right.

Prince Bell Jr.:

So, when you train your ceiling down, you need to train it like Tai Chi, right. You need to get down, spend some time on that zafu, do your meditation, expand your awareness and train smart, and remember all this rolling stuff and tying people up in the sticky end, that’s training sensitivity. That’s training, that’s not real fighting. It’s training. All these brrr…machine gun punches, that’s for the movies. That’s not for a real fight though. That will get your ass kicked in the streets man. I’m telling you. Unless you tied them up, took them to the ground and now you’re the one who’s mounting and grounding and pounding but remember what I said. You mount somebody, you ground and pound, you might be getting your ass pounded in jail, in prison, because you are gonna be the one seen as the aggressor. so just be smart y’all. That’s all I really got to say. be smart. Be smart. If you if you gonna put up your dukes and you gonna fight somebody, be smart about it.




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