Shaolin monks, mystical arts flying through the air and temples in the mountains? Is this stuff for real or is it just a load of tripe? Let's talk to someone who actually does this stuff...
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We can debate the merits and legitimacy of Kung FU and whether or not it's bullshit all day (Mostly bullshit, MMA fighters would stomp most monks). Though I must say, as an avid martial arts practitioner and fan this guy is BULLSHIT.
I have been to Henan and had Tai Chi lessons for while.
There was a group of foreigners adults and a group of Chinese children.
In the morning at 7:00 all the children would come out with their swords and spears and they would start practising.
A really cool sight.
For the Tai Chi part, it was Chen style and my trainer was 32 years old.
Training was intense and was 6 days a week from 7:00 to 19:00.
The food was simple but good, only meat once a week and that where mostly chicken feet, not so good, but the Chinese love it.
What I have experienced and seen from my trainer is that Tai Chi is very complex, getting to the fighting level in Tai Chi takes many years of training and dedication.
Thinking that Tai Chi is no good or worthless just because there is one video of an MMA fighter almost killing a foolish man doesn't say nothing.
I got a lot healthier there.
One of the best times of my life.
all martial arts are 50% propoganda anyway, one of first things you get taught in virtually all martial arts is fighting is a last resort you need to project yourself bigger,louder and come across all together stronger than you opponent. kung fu obviously been massively featured in entertainment industry as well which amplifies it even more,and last but not least like a a lot of things in this modern world when its no longer needed theres no longer intrest 100 years ago i bet china was very different with kung fu teacing and display
I've practiced Kung Fu for around 10 years. I've to say that most practitioners only know forms, and no spontaneous applications. Also no concept/room for being yourself/having your own "style". Instead it's root learning/copying the moves without being the "owner" of the moves.
Reminds me of when I was in Judo during part of my middle school period, and that my western sensei farted when he was doing some demonstration. It was quite unromantic. I never passed beyond the white belt because I was there to have fun, not to study stifling and typically arbitrary rules.
Kung Fu is over rated & mostly for exhibitions & performance rather than real world combat, of cause getting yourselves all sweaty isn't what most Chinese wants to do if you don't get money out of doing. People not just in China but all over the world are less healthy & probably 95% of the human population never perform or participated in any intense activity other than just work. People I find now are much weaker at any age & you can see evidence of this in trashy exercise equipment on sale everywhere that claims to need very little or no effort to build six pack abs or loose a ton of weight in two weeks.
If you want to know if kung fu is effective, challenge a real practioner of kung fu of ten years but before you do that reserve a room in the hospital and the emergency room. The patient will be yourself ,not the kung fu practicioner.
The actual name is Wu Shu. It received the accolade Kung Fu when a British General was watching a demonstration and while he could speak good Chinese he inadvertently called it Kung Fu and the name has stuck ever since. Wu Shu translated refers to martial arts in general.
Sorry, Winston but your guest is neither qualified to talk about the subject nor a good proponent of the arts. He needs at least 10 more years.
I've been into martial arts since forever and have been practicing for 10 years+ now.
Sounds so bad to hear "my master doesn't want to me to reveal secrets of my Kung Fu style" ... there's really no such things as secret martial arts techniques ...
As Bruce Lee said :
“I personally do not believe in the word style. Why? Because, unless there are human beings with three arms and four legs, unless we have another group of human beings that are structually different from us, there can be no different style of fighting.”
About forty years ago the Singapore Straits Times newspaper sponsored a contest between a group of boxers and a group of kung fu practitioners. A bunch of us fans waited with baited breath in San Francisco for Singapore Airlines to arrive with the newspapers. All of the kung fu guys were knocked out. The longest a kung fu guy lasted was 2 minutes. Contact them. I am sure they can dig up the article.
Been watching watching you're videos lately Winston, I gotta say man you inspire me, been in a deep depression, but seeing your success over this past few years is uplifting keep up the good work. Live your best life.
I'm an old martial arts guy. I've taken Kung fu, Karate, Judo and Tai Kwan Do. Here are the facts based on my 50 years of training: 1. Kung Fu is half martial arts and half acrobatics. Many of their moves are for show only. 2. Karate is very stiff and not effective against western boxing and same for Tai Kwan Do. Ever see a Karate tournament? They use boxing. They don't use Karate moves (except for kicks). The best martial arts for self-defense? THAI BOXING. A mix of boxing and kicking. My opinions are based on lots of years experience in different styles. Judge for yourself.
Hi Winston I studied under Jimmy H. Woo's Kung-Fu-San Soo School in SoCal. Salute. Left hand is the House protector , Right hand is the Power. Len Wylie was my Instructor as a young lad til my late Teens.
I have to agree that modern wushu is very watered down, having studied choy lay fut buk sing for a number of years, it is easy to see the flickiness and lack of real application that is generally taught worldwide and in China. The story I was told is that all of the real masters left the mainland or "retired" in the 50's and 60's, and that this was due to the perception that they would foment rebellion against the government.
Right hand over the left means something like condolences I believe.
Edit: after a quick research, it turns out that when someone holds his right fist against left palm right in the middle, then push them outward, what it means is that the person is likely to be a member of the secret anti Manchu Court organization called “天地会(Heaven and Earth Society)” or someone who shares the same ideal. Which is to overthrow the Manchu Court (Qing Dynasty) and restore the former Ming Dynasty.
why not to try interview with the original chinese person. because western he just come and learn with some original chinese person. how about wing chun and so many martial arts from china. i can't tell all of them, but from china so many martial arts.
Your title of this video does not reflect the content, rather I hate that way you used sensationalized title to attract the audience, only to fail to deliver. I've noticed this happening more and more lately. This seemingly smart move will come back to haunt you in more than one ways that I can imagine. Short term, you'll be fine and actually raking in the benefits nicely, I would imagine. Longer term, you'll likely lose, not because people will feel cheated (although they will) and leave, but more importantly, you'll be complacent at such "twists" and "turns". You'll train yourself away from a down-to-earth, grounded content provider, to a typical media person that chases the wrong things and ending up destroying yourself. I like your content (so far) enough to tell you what I think and hope you'll listen. Either way, life is too short to worry too much. Have fun and best wishes!
Kung Fu is not a practical martial art. It's a pretty inefficient fighting style. To much excessive movement and wasted energy to do things that may look impressive but do little to stop another trained fighter trained in more effective and efficient style of fighting. Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Krav Maga and MMA training are all better in achieving stopping threat faster and more efficiently and effectively than Kung Fu.
goldsilverandiamonds those moves are taken out of context, the old way they train is to practice forms to explore and learn the mechanics, doing it for hours is a good exercise, they can do with their body and also imagine their applications then they spar, you can actually watch kung fu sparring and it basically look like kickboxing with alot of forms minimized to fit the situation. In arnis I thought what the point of learning how to twirl a stick until I figured that it's a practice in changing angle of stick tragectory, .
goldsilverandiamonds find me legitimate kung fu masters who were well known for their kung fu style that got beat in mma? And jiujitsu, karate , and other japanese arts was introduced from china whose martial arts was well advanced. Like i said all techniques found in mma , karate . Korean arts. Mua thai, every move set from those specialisng in grappling, strikes from the hands and legs, elbows and knees, can be found in kung fu systems. You need to realise that there are many kunf fu styles and many practioners. Theres a lot of bullshit masters out there and alot of legitimate ones , out of the hundreds and thousands, out of a population of a few billion. Many of them have pride and don't believe in public fights, some have closed door fights away from the spotlight. So because they don't fight in MMA it means their style is shit? Or they aren't highly skilled? Go and do some research on kung fu history and styles and see how advanced it gets.
RagingUti I personally think Japanese Jujitsu is superior to BBJ which is more limited technique wise. BBJ though is far more effective and efficient is stopping other fighters compared especially compared to Kung Fu. The results speak for themselves world wide. And Jujitsu did not come from Kung Fu. What next are you going to claim kicking and punching also came from Kung Fu? Lol. If others many who are masters of other arts with 10-35 years experience can get into the cage or ring to fight in MMA can? Why don't Kung Fu masters do it anymore? Why did Kung Fu practitioners stop? Because they were getting beaten badly by others with better training and skill. And you can't take a shaolin master over a MMA fighter any day because none are found to take on top level or chmpion MMA fighters. So....
goldsilverandiamonds so bjj must be shit, since the founder and expert at the time got beaten by the master jiujitsu at the time, whose style was a simplified system of a japanese jiujutsu style whicj cam from a chinese kung fu system? U really think kung fu masters who have spen 10 to 20 years mastering the art enter mixed mma? Id pick a shaolin/ wudang kung fu master over any mma fighter any day of the week with no rules, no gloves real self defense.
Sad to see your Bullshits this time about Martial Arts with this guy looking like a skinny new age opium addict. Physicaly unfit with Skin Wrap in Bones .. Holiness is Cleanliness.time to clean up your dirty face.
Well, there is a MMA (Western Martial Art) guy in China challenging allot of Kung Fu masters and kicking their butts on video. So watch for yourselves There have also have been lots of Mix Martial Arts competitions where many style were used and Kung Fu has never won. As a matter of fact Asians in general do poorly. That said I love cheesy Kung Fu movies. I also love Asian philosophy and meditation.
Thank you, awesome video, very informative. But about MA - with all due respect to classic karate, if martial art basic stance is with hands lowered and not protecting face, that should be considered as a dance not a fighting art. There are zero masters, who can block boxers punch from position where arm is below waist. And there could be kazzilion situations where one can not step back. Fighting in bar or public transport for example. Zenkutsu is a way to broken nose.