Geek Wing Chun Tip: Ignore Lineage Differences

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Ah, the good old lineage wars. I have discussed these in other videos, but it is something that bears repeating because it still presents a problem.

There are two ways you could look at me dwelling on this topic: (1) You could apply a quote attributed to Einstein, which says that insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results, or (2) you could say that by repeating the same thing over and over, maybe it will reach new people, or it will reach the SAME people, but it will finally sink in. However you look at it, I'm still going to post my videos. :-)

There are many different lineages in Wing Chun. For those of you unfamiliar with this idea, it means that a Wing Chun school can trace its roots back to one particular practitioner. Usually, these practitioners were students of the late Ip Man. You have William Cheung, Leung Ting, Wong Shun Leung, the lesser-known Leung Sheung, and of course Ip Man's own sons, Ip Chun and the late Ip Ching.

What are lineages? An unfair summation could be expressed in one word: MARKETING. However, to be completely fair, I will say that there are somewhat noticeable differences in the way each lineage performs Wing Chun. However, here is my problem with all this lineage stuff: at the end of the day, WE ARE ALL STILL PRACTICING WING CHUN.

I think it is ridiculous that someone from a William Cheung school could watch my videos and say, "That's not REAL Wing Chun!" Yes, I assure you, it is. By adopting this "not real Wing Chun" attitude, you are doing nothing but dividing the Wing Chun community. People already think Wing Chun is a joke. Do you think this internal squabbling helps any?

You can still learn something from me, or from Jason Korol at Greenville Martial Arts Academy, or Dom Izzo, or the Wing Chun Kid, or Dan Lok. Forget lineage bullshit. It's all Wing Chun. Now go forth and learn, and remember Thomas Carlyle's quote: "Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him."

~~~Steve Grogan

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