THE DUBIOUS VALUE OF VIDEO.
Firstly let me reiterate that I am not trying to criticise the quality of the Wing Chun in this Video, it is very good, the description of what Sifu Mark is teaching is clear and easy to understand, following the advice in this video can only enhance your own training, I chose this Video because it is a good Video and so we do not get caught up in trying to pick holes in another Instructors Wing Chun and can look at the vehicle itself.
As an Instructor I am familiar with Students coming to me and saying “Have you seen ****’s Video on Youtube”?
And then asking if I think it is any good or not, but that is not a question that is easily answered, firstly I ask them..
“In what CONTEXT was the Video posted”?
Many Students do not even understand the question…. “DUH”
Something to be very aware of is that different Countries face different problems, this is the reason that there is so much variation between Instructors, it is always about Self Defence.
But what are you defending yourself from?
Do not forget the old adage “Never take a Knife to a Gun fight”.
In the U.K. if you go Pub’n’ and Club’n’ somewhere along the line you will get Fronted Up, every weekend more than likely, not all of these events turn into full blown Blues but not all of them fade away neither, Sifu Mark teaches Students the tools for dealing with the most common problem.
Here in Australia this problem is not so common, here in Australia there is a far greater risk of being accosted by more than one person often without notice, even if there is a Front Man there will usually be another lurking close at hand, the Stand Your Ground approach is somewhat redundant in these situations.
As I mentioned last week with regards to this post many Videos do not make sense unless you have a KEY, some prior knowledge on how to use this information, and most of the time the Key is what led up to this situation in the first place.
What I call a TALKING HEADS MOMENT.
And you may ask yourself…..
How did I get here?
I mentioned that in the U.K. getting Fronted Up is quite common, but even though it is how did the participants end up so close to each other?
Is it possible to find yourself in the position shown in Sifu Marks Video?