Wing Chun and Krav Maga are both highly effective fighting styles with very different origins. However, like with a lot of martial arts, there’s some crossover here. And Krav Maga takes inspiration from Wing Chun.
So, is this a case of the student becoming the master? Or does the original take the crown between these two?
Which of these is more effective and which would win in a fight?
We’re going to detail the origins of both of these technically brilliant martial arts, detail their main features then pit them against each other in a hypothetical fight; to see which would win.
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But for now, let’s look at Wing Chun vs Krav Maga. Let’s look at Wing Chun first!
Wing Chun is actually named after a woman often the style is known as Wing Chun Keun. The Keun means Fist and indicates that; the style of Wing Chun Keun is a fist fighting style named in this particular woman’s honor.
Commonly known as Wing Chun Kung Fu. It’s just one of many styles of martial arts that originated out of Southern China and compared to other Kung Fu arts; is a relatively new style.
It is also thought that; its origins come from a Buddhist, Ng mui and that she witnessed a battle between a cobra snake and a crane bird.
Forms of Kung Fu are often developed from animal movements and this was the case here, as the Nun was inspired by this fight to develop the art. From these beginnings 300 years ago, this new system was then well guarded. And passed on to only a few very dedicated students.
Later the style gained its name after Ng Mui’s first student a woman named Yim Wing Chun. In 1949, Yip Man, who was considered to be the grand master of modern. Wing Chun brought the style out of china into Hong Kong and eventually to the rest of the world.
Krav Maga. Krav Maga’s origins are very different both in location and era. Translated literally as “close combat” Krav Maga originated in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. Developed by Hungarian-born martial arts master, Imi Lichtenfeld.
To protect his people from the brutalization in pre-world war ii Europe, Lichtenfeld grew up in harsh areas and had to deal with thugs violent gangs and anti-Semites on a regular basis.
On these tough streets Krav Maga was born as Lichtenfeld began to combine different martial arts forms; to develop an effective simple approach, to self-defense for the Jewish community.
I, me, quickly learned that the aggressive and brutal nature of street fighting; was quite different from competitive combat sports.
Typically, street attacks were by surprise that would be over almost before they started. So, the re-evaluation of his ideas about violence led him to focus on quick neutralization of opponents.
When the Israel defense forces or IDF were formed following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Lichtenfeld became chief instructor at the IDF school of combat fitness.
This is when Krav Maga really started to develop as it needed to be efficient as possible to avoid any loss in life. For 20 years, he developed and refined his system. Imi had limited time to get the troops up to speed so he was forced to streamline his teaching and design a fighting style, suitable for any male or female soldier to go into battle.
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On with our list! So, let’s look at the technicalities of the two styles. Wing Chun emphasizes close quarter combat, quick punches and tight defense to overcome opponents.
The traditional martial art destabilizes opponents with quick footwork defense and offense simultaneously and redirecting the opponent’s energy to your advantage.
In that respect, it aligns with a lot of other forms of Kung Fu Krav Maga is a hybrid of various styles including Aikido, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate and of course Kung Fu.
Combining all of these, the style sticks to some main principles all of which contribute to defending yourself from brutal surprise attacks.
Neutralizing the threat is the most important thing and doing this as simply as possible is the best way using basic strikes holds and blocks. Like Wing Chun, the art also focuses on simultaneous defense and attacks to take down opponents.
It also focuses on weapons of opportunity which owes to its origins on the streets. you need to use whatever you can to stop your aggressor. On top of this, it also teaches how to defend from these weapons.
As the point of the style is to neutralize this is also at all costs. This means using weak points considered off limits to other martial arts.
So, eye gouging and groin striking are all fair game. Whatever it takes to subdue a violent attack is encouraged.
So, which is better Wing Chun and Krav Maga? Well! Wing Chun is no doubt better in terms of a stylistic and artistic form its Kung Fu heritage; means that it’s a beautiful art to watch as well as an effective one.
Its origins are both from a style point of view, as well as, a brutal one Wing Chun definitely wins on style points. But for sheer effectiveness and neutralization then Krav Maga is hard to ignore against any martial art let alone just one.
Its origins came from stopping an opponent at all costs, even if that opponent is brandishing a weapon and is determined to kill you based on your religion.
Because of this, Krav Maga is definitely the better style when it comes to more brutal no holds barred conflict.
So, which would win in a street fight well this one appears to have one clear winner. As Krav Maga takes its origin from street fighting, it’s the perfect martial art to cope with whatever the Wing Chun master could throw at it.
Not only that but because Krav Maga lacks the honor of the Chinese martial art. So, it’s likely that the Krav Maga master would win by any means necessary and yes that could mean an eye gouging too.
Wing Chun would look good; but only for the two seconds it would take the Krav Maga master to neutralize their opponent.
So, that’s it for our look at Wing Chun vs Krav Maga!
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