The transcript below is from the video “WingChun Man (172Lbs) Tests Little MMA Fighter (146Lbs)” by MindSmash.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

A Disciple of Ip Man decided to try his hand VS a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. It’s interesting… Ip Man was an awesome movie, but for some reason I’ve had people testify to what they saw in that movie as if it were a documentary… Of course Bruce Lee started off with Wing Chun, but quickly he found out that it was not enough on its own thus he opened his mind to many other forms of martial arts, taking bits and pieces from everything.

So… Why do people still have to try and prove that it is the ultimate form of martial arts? A fighter who may soon showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov has demonstrated that it can work in the MMA arena: Tony Furgeson; But on it’s own, why do many practitioners still try to propagate Wing Chun as this ultimate martial art? Regardless of the answer, Wing Chun Master Ding Hao puts himself up to the test. It does very well in Kung Fu Movies, but how will it do VS real combat? Thank you for joining me as we take a closer glance.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

Yello!  Now, before we get into this, we have to respect the Wing Chun fighter Ding Hao for actually taking up this challenge, considering how we rarely ever see this end well.  Perhaps, he believed it would work out for him due to the notable size difference, about 26 lbs, which in fighting is a huge advantage.  Now, I’ve never trained Wing Chun but I have sparred with a Wing Chun practitioner and I can do a lot of things to him that I normally would not be allowed to do.

To be fair, Tony Ferguson does use Wing Chun techniques here and there but in this instance, Ding Hao versus the smaller mixed martial arts fighter, it should be obvious that a more complete system innately has a huge advantage over a less complete one.  To think otherwise would have to be a derivative of ego.  Nonetheless, though he proceeds, perhaps believing his size advantage will be enough.  Let’s take a closer glance.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

First, notice his pose.  This is his fighting stance; one hand is extended with the back hand facing the opponent, fingers pointed up.  I don’t really have a reference experience to explain why someone would do this.  You can’t as effectively paw or handfight with a handle like this.  The only external reference I have of someone doing this is Israel Adesanya taunting Anderson Silva, which innately would lead me to believe that this was derived to look cool, or at least, that’s what Israel did.

I don’t know why they would do this here.  The other hand is loaded at side.  I guess what we can first note from this stance is that he doesn’t really have a guard, thus we should expect the smaller mixed martial arts fighter to take full advantage of this.  Here, note they are both standing southpaw.  The mixed martial arts fighter throws a low kick, then somehow blocks and enters with a flurry.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

In my mind, it would make sense if this flurry was a bunch of eye pokes but I don’t really know how you would deliver concussive force rushing forward like this.  There isn’t really any pivot from the ground up to leverage mass from the hips and balls of feet.  He’s running forward with a flurry of arm punches.

Bart Simpson (Fictional character in the American animated TV series The Simpsons):

“If you get hit, it’s your own fault.”

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

Leaving the space, then stepping into an angle – the moment A plants his feet, he rotates in and overhand which forces Ding to respect him.  In that moment of surprise it created, A enters again, now with a roundhouse to the body.  A realizes that Ding can’t really do anything about the slip overhand.  He does not have a guard.  He does not have the footwork to leave the space.  Ding’s kind of just sitting there eating it.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

Note also how A is moving his feet into position before he strikes.  Clearly, he studied the fundamentals of striking although you do see him start unpinning his back foot to get in more power behind the blow.  He’s being allowed to get sloppy with how easy it is to connect for a sting.  With his fighting stance, Ding does not have a defense for a textbook slip overhand.  Even if he sees it coming, he doesn’t have a trained response, thus he’s forced to eat it.

Here, A throws a telegraph low-key [indiscernible] [03:01], which leads me to believe that Ding does have the reaction to see these shots coming.  It’s just that he doesn’t know how to deal with him.  He doesn’t have a trained response.  A throws another wild and sloppy overhand.  He’s reaching over his feet and again Ding can’t really do anything to stop the punch.  Luckily though, A’s unbuckled on impact, which mitigated much of the oomph behind the blow.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

Here, note A’s Thai plume.  He is pulling on the back of the neck which does not give you proper control of your opponent.  It’s not the correct form.  Instead, you want the palms of your hands at the top of the occipital bone, which allows you to break the head position down.  If you can break and control the head position, you control your opponent’s equilibrium via the fluid in the ear semicircular canals.

Innately, the Thais have figured this out.  Where the head goes, the body goes, thus the goal is not to pull on the neck but to break the head posture.  Here, even though his form is off and he’s pulling on the neck, Ding is still being controlled because he doesn’t really have an answer.  He does not have a trained response.  With A’s hands being positioned off, Ding ducks the incoming knee, which leaves him whisking air.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

In a fraction of a moment, A snaps at a kick as adjustment.  From here, they both end up taunting each other.  When the two meet, now observe these low kicks and Ding’s reaction to them.  A’s been throwing low kicks with the course of this fight, conditioning Ding to lower his attention.  The moment A decides aim up high, look at where Ding’s hands are.  He’s lowered his hands to block a low kick.  It doesn’t seem like he’s trying to catch the kicks.

He lowered his hands to block it.  It seems as though that he’s never been taught a check and perhaps he has never had to deal with the threat of a roundhouse coming up high.  In this bout, truly A took advantage of Ding’s ignorance.  When the shin made clean connection, the lights had no choice but to go out.  Now, I don’t want to bash Wing Chun as I don’t know enough about it, but it is fair to say that Hao simply had a far more complete system on his side.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

The outcome should have been common sense really, if you put a less complete system versus a more complete one like mixed martial arts.  Obviously, the one with more tools has an innate advantage.  Perhaps, there are tools in Wing Chun that can be used practically on the grand stage.  Tony Ferguson is an example of this, but overall this was just another lesson.  Let this be a lesson in that we have much to learn.  Learning is a never-ending process.

Miyamoto Musashi – “The path that leads to truth is littered with the bodies of the ignorant.”

MindSmash (YouTube Channel): 

If we stay arrogant and believing we have figured out the ultimate formula, time and time again someone will come along and disrupt that very notion.  After all, in a universe that is ever-changing, it’s humble to recognize our human condition is the same.  To that end, I encourage the individual to continue learning and growing along their path.  Thank you, and Ding Hao and A Hu for this lesson.

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