I find my opponent's techniques are pretty neat, ducking under my punches. That was hell of annoying. Little I could do but to try my luck harder again. And we all heard the cheers from the audience from those neat counter punches from him. I did not know he was never ever going to throw kicks, nor did he know how a Kung Fu guy will fight in the ring. Well, I probably disappointed the critics and haters of Chinese Kung Fu by not being a passive and defensive traditional martial arts victim, so they can suck that up.
Speaking of stances, my opponent exhibited the Philly Shell guard while we were not entangled in an exchange of punches. Absolutely legit. The Philly Shell guard is one with the front hand down and rear hand guarding the other side of the face. This allows the front hand to come from an unpredictable angle, and is used by master of boxing, Floyd Mayweather.
Many people said that my opponent did not guard properly, like a proper boxer would’ve done so. That’s super naive to assume that a boxer who cannot guard against Kung Fu punches is not a boxer. I’ve done several cross style sparring sessions with gloves and I have punched through opponents’ boxing guard every occasion, they gave up guarding with me soon after that. I’d personally say that the only thing that can stop a Hung Gar fist from reaching its target is a Kung Fu bridge hand. Either that, or move out of the way in time like my opponent did.
I’ve done my homework. I am just way fitter and braver than many theoretician Kung Fu practitioners who done their homework, like Sun Tzu encouraged them to. I have also read the full volume of Sun Tzu, the other chapters said that fitness and bravery is an absolute necessity in a warrior.
My opponent may just be lacking in physical fitness. If he is to put in consistent hard work in fitness training, especially in the cardio department, he may be able to have even chances against me. He is a young and promising fighter.
It is very challenging for a fighter to only limit himself to punches and no kicks in a Muay Thai rules fight. He and his brother was courageous in standing up to the challenge and sticking to their fighting styles. On my side, I traded punches with my opponent without relying on kicks. Hung Gar is an arms dominant style. We had a manly showdown of punches.
One of the biggest problems Kung Fu practitioners encounter is the lack of self-belief. They may do some hard conditioning, but use tip toe kickboxing fighting stance and techniques in a competition setting or sparring setting. They may also be experts in using complicated applications with flashing speed and grace, but may be limited to demonstrations with their own students like in Krav Maga, Systema and Chinese Nei Jia Quan. They might be not capable of fighting full contact competitions with the same level of technique displayed in demonstrations.
There were some racist remarks made by some hateful gym lurkers: A Western boxer is one of Western ethnicity, like Caucasian or African. This fighter should be called an Eastern boxer, as he is of Eastern ethnicity. Well, that sounds bad, that sucks. It’s like there is no recognition of your skill just because of your race. Well, I’ve also encountered racism in a Caucasian dominant gym before, it felt really bad like you get taught lesser techniques, you get reactive-ly pounded by their first class gym users for scoring points on them. Take note, I teach my Westerner students with the hope of them learning the art completely, without shortchanging them. I am impartial to students regardless of race. It is attitude that counts.
I think most of the negativity comes from dojo lurkers. Well I already know that a large fraction of people join a martial art style because of social recognition; that most people in the public have an impression that their martial art style is practical and effective. You do not expect these people to take risks in competitions for their style, fight for their style. Many of them are uncomfortable with rulesets outside of their style. Worst of all, most of them do not even even spar within their own style.
So these dojo lurkers are going to say that, as another person of my style lost while representing my style, thus he is not my style. It’s like saying my son failed his Chinese exam, thus he is not my son, and not a Chinese. My dad became bankrupt and cannot give me a life of luxury like my dad is supposed to be, so he is not my dad. What the hell… That’s super irresponsible, super disloyal, wonder who taught them that. Or is it just a cultural tendency of the modern materialistic world.
Don’t fight from a guard up. If you have to, fight from a Philly Shell or Bong Sau position. You have zero Kiu Sau, zero bridge hands leverage from a conservative guard. Hung Gar is supposed to make you very fit and very iron hard, so if you have to be like a boxer or kickboxer which you probably are not as pure and seasoned as your opponent, you should go back and drill your techniques and conditioning more. You need courage to deliver your techniques confidently, pronto.
My gym is always open for Hung Gar brothers and other martial artists who like to study the way I deliver power strikes and defend with blocks. Many from other schools overseas might need to meet me in person for me to clearly transmit the sharing of Hung Gar fight sense to them. If other Kung Fu practitioners are keen, I am more than happy to assist them in preparing for competitions. Our Kung Fu school is also looking for heroes. If you wish to train under us to represent our Kung Fu style in the ring, do contact us. We need young and brave new blood to join us.