Many people ask me to judge Xu Xiaodong's character, they asked me if I also feel that he is a cocky and arrogant troublemaker. Many people feel that he should be punished, as he is trying to defame 'All of Chinese Martial Arts'
I can literally copy and paste from other blogs and websites that 'one weak Wing Chun doesn't represent all of Wing Chun, one strong MMA doesn't represent all of MMA', and 'there is no strongest or weakest martial art it all depends on the practitioner'. These general knowledge phrases surely help, but I won't be too kind on this issue.
I have watched some of the commentary on the fight. Especially the one by Master Wong, and the one by the Taiwanese talk show 关键时刻
Some say that the chain punch has been used in the wrong situation; the fists are not able to take bareknuckle punching on human skull; that MMA fighters and Muay Thai fighters are trained vigorously to be very fit and very tough, that's why the Wing Chun fighter's punches do no damage to Xu Xiaodong.
I say, that technique and sparring method being not practical, not realistic, is bullshit.
Yi Dan Er Li San Gong Fu 一胆，二力， 三功夫
Now we use our logical brain, and think if I get a sedentary office clerk to learn MMA or Muay Thai, and I get a full time rugby player to learn Kung Fu. Give them half a year to train to fight each other. I do not think the office clerk who learned MMA or Muay Thai will stand a chance against the full time rugby player. Fitness and fighting spirit is the key factor here.
That's the problem, people keep on comparing premium steak to cheap instant noodles, for drama sake. All we have been seeing are full timers thrashing part timers, athletes thrashing retirees, it's not even about style.
A very fit person I am, I will not think of going to any random college, any random high school and pick on a MMA/Muay Thai club student and have a duel with him. This is called bullying. And this is what many MMA/Muay Thai/Brazilian Ju Jutsu stylists have been doing, shamelessly, bullying schoolkids and senior citizens, to bring their sports fame and to bring other's sports defamation.
My friends and students been asking me if I want to fight Xu Xiaodong for the namesake of Chinese Martial Arts, as billionaires in China are willing to fly me in and sponsor my match. This is especially after my victory in a Muay Thai rules fight.
Xu Xiaodong have for years been tracking down famous instructors and schools with weak training to beat up. All sorts of fighters threw him challenges, but he rejected all the good fighters he knew of.
Xu Xiaodong's incidents have reached millions of people worldwide. The trend of beating up conman instructors is going to spread like wildfire. First Tai Chi, now Wing Chun, I do not wish to see another style get their reputation beaten up. If your school is still stuck in the world of taolu and unrealistic drills, your school might meet your country's version of Xu Xiaodong.
I do not feel that I should be siding with today's Tai Chi or Wing Chun styles, as the Jet Li and Donnie Yen movies made them struck gold and they have never contributed to people learning Hung Gar or other hard styles from the South of China. In fact, some even band up and claim to be a different class of martial arts from the rest of us in Kung Fu: a deeper higher form of fighting art with hidden internal force that can cause delayed death. It's like why should I sympathize with people who struck lottery and got robbed for showing off and being not able to protect themselves?
I always urge my Hung Gar students to train power, hardness and attacking skills for real situations. If they are really unable to build combat ability, then I advise them to keep their Kung Fu classes a secret.
Well, Hung Gar sifus are no stranger to challenges. The scariest case will be our great grandmaster Sung Siu Bo getting challenged by a WW2 Japanese officer with a katana sword, with nothing to defend himself with but a mop stick. Other than that, broken shins, broken arms and broken cheekbones on the challengers, are not uncommon.
I feel that the rise of fake martial arts is a sign of a strong economy and social security in first world cities. There are plenty of fake martial arts in the US, and there are even international school students coming to my school in Taekwondo outfits, telling me they have learned a few years from famous 'Kung Fu' school in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. You cannot simply be a vigilante, go to a martial art school and challenge the teacher to a fist fight, you will get the cops called on you, and the cops in major East Asian cities are very efficient.
Xu Xiaodong's actions are no doubt harmful and invasive. It is very shameful to be punished and humiliated by outsiders. I always tell parents from America and Europe that they better take their troublemaker kids in hand because when the teacher have to step in, it will reflect very badly on them. This means that for Chinese martial arts, real Chinese Kung Fu fighters should take the initiative to stop the fake Kung Fu schools from spoiling everyone's reputation. Spoiling of reputation, causing dishonor is a bad deed in Chinese Traditional Values.
The pacifist modern Wu De has caused more harm than good. Any sedentary nerd that made enough money and retired can feel strongly about the wushu he learned in his youth and start his own lineage, only to be torn apart by the reality of man to man combat.
I appreciate Xu Xiaodong's intention of 'helping our Chinese race clear out fake martial arts', but he could've done it in a way more magnanimous way. He could've crossed trained in a practical Kung Fu style and represented them to fight Tai Chi or Wing Chun practitioners. He mentioned so many of them in fact. Perhaps people can find better ways to get things done.
For readers who are interested in starting to learn Kung Fu, I advise you to enrol in a Kung Fu school that teaches combat applications, tests them, and strengthen them with conditioning exercises, like my school. Otherwise, my youtube channel has many videos and tutorials that will teach you how to build up fitness and some basic self defense ability before you are able to enrol in a good school. Good luck in your quest for real Kung Fu !