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Krav Maga Wing Chun best martial art for street self defence

August 10, 2012 / in Techniques and Styles / by Sifu Justin Och

Krav Maga Wing Chun Best martial art

Which is the best martial art for street self defence

Choosing the best martial arts program that fits your overall physical, intellectual, wants and desires can be a tricky thing. There are martial arts program that can enhance the mind but fall short on practical and real street effectiveness. Krav Maga Wing Chun are the best martial arts.There are martial art programs that will pat you on the back, hand you a black belt in a few years and not teach you how to get out of a wet paper bag (just in case you ever get stuck in one). Krav Maga Wing Chun is a type of self defense martial arts. There are also martial art programs that excel in crude street skills but are low in the area of mental growth, theory, and advancement principles. Krav Maga Wing Chun martial arts in lakeland. In order to get a holistic approach to a great self defence program there should be an excellent fusion of practical theory, realistic street self defence, stress relief and family training/practice. One can only execute proper street self defence martial arts by understanding and being able to apply the principles behind the discipline. Krav Maga Wing Chun martial arts have their own importance. At the same time, the constant practice under a good instructor of the combinations, theories, applications and self defence tactics against resistance will all contribute to better execution and true self protection of a trained martial arts fighter.

krav maga wing chun best martial artSome martial arts disciplines are also for aesthetic purposes. This means, they are only really good for performances and formal staged fighting. Krav Maga Wing Chun are the best street self defense martial arts. Krav Maga Wing Chun is a self-defense system created based upon the street fighting skills. Krav Maga Wing Chun, its meant to be the best marshal art in the world. Fancy movements, large open attacks, flipping and jumping are truly wonderful to watch but will not really help you in a home invasion, bar fight, parking lot encounter or worse a situation where your family is endanger.

There are also martial arts disciplines that are good for real-life street self defence and fighting, these include but are not limited to Krav Maga Wing Chun Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Cage MMA (mixed martial arts) and Jeet Kune Do. Krav Maga Wing Chun’s  specialty, in that they literally practice surprise situations all the time.  These are some of the best martial arts for you to participate in if you are looking for real life street protection. Ok first, taking Brazilian Jiujitsu out for a second…. Krav Maga Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do have both taken from Wing Chun and given it respect as a street self defence martial art. 

I love stand up and striking so let’s look at Krav Maga Wing Chun schools of martial art self defence it really depends on how hardcore you get and where you are training. Also as always it depends on the instructor, I have seen some pretty hardcore Wing Chun and Krav Maga schools, but I have also seen some very laid back Krav Maga and Wing Chun schools as well. 

Anyway, back to the devastation which is Krav Maga Wing Chun.  Don’t let the word Kung Fu fool you, Wing Chun is a brutal style of close quarter combat.  They get in quick, they trap your arms and stike you in the throat/ribs/or/face at the same time, they kick out your legs and are not one trick ponies.  The whole art is based on brutally punching, kicking and beating your opponent into a smashed paste, but so is Krav Maga.  Krav Maga has pulled aspects of Wing Chun into its art because it respects this style so much, so much love. Wing Chun teaches mostly close quarter in-fighting punching and striking techniques, though there are some seriously dangerous moves even at a distance.   Wing Chun has very destructive and powerful low kicks to the knees, groin and ribs which don’t take alot of stretching or flexibility to use.  Wing Chun also punches, elbows and chops at the eyes, throat, ribs, neck, joints, arm breaks, knee breaks, headbutts and loves to trap and attack simultaneously.  If you are lucky enough to find a Wing Chun school that teaches ground self defence, knife and gun tactics you will be privy to a amazing arsenal.  It can be taught to women, men and children that are looking to quickly stop larger and stronger attackers in a quick manner. 

Krav Maga is more of a militaristic martial art in that it focuses alot on combat encounters such as a AK-47 or other Military gun being pointed in your face.  Krav Maga also teaches kicks, grappling, knife, gun and other types of military scenarios. Wing Chun schools such as Sifu Och’s Wing Chun school in Lakeland, Florida, Wong Shun Leung Ving Tsun schools in Europe such as Philipp Bayer’s are great street self defence schools.  These guys teach these knock out street fighting Wing Chun aspects as well but from real serious scenarios such as home invasion, parking lot, and bar scenarios. Though Krav Maga also teaches a lot of scenario techniques as well such as chokes, bear hugs, knife attacks, and shirt grabs.  The same type of scenarios are in both Wing Chun and Krav Maga and they both want you to just react, react, react or laugh out loud… attack, attack, attack!  The best offence is a amazing defence right, Wing Chun and Krav Maga have both! Both of these street fighting and self defence styles teach how to knock out or kill in the advanced levels.  Both Kra v Maga and Wing Chun were developed for war and real street self defence.

Krav Maga or Wing Chun?  I personally would recommend Wing Chun unless you live in a area of the world that has been torn asunder by war or terrorist.  Not to mention that Wing Chun has aspects that suit every age and size, drills and applications that can keep you advancing into your 80’s and 90’s. Wing Chun’s fast rooted and structured attacks will increase your self defence while in a family environment. I would also say that in my opinion Wing Chun is better for day to day street self defence in most countries as they focus on the close quarters of practical fighting.  I personally in all my years have never been approached in a street fight by guys carrying automatic weapons and bullet proof vests.  If I did, I get out of there first before I said hmm time for my Krav Maga or Wing Chun training.

Just make sure you find a Wing Chun instructor that is really focused on knock out combinations, real street self defence versus the forms and intense theory/slapping hands/and lots and lots of history.  Make sure where ever you are you let your instructor know your goals, tell them you want real street self defence and fighting combinations.  Let them know you want to push yourself towards a higher level of street self defence protection.  If they know and they teach it, you will love it! Both Krav Maga Wing Chun are amazing street realistic self defence combat martial arts, I just hate fighting Wing Chun guys, I guess that’s why I joined them.

an unbaised opinion from a guy that loves to fight –

If your wondering why I left out MMA (mixed martial arts) cage training and JKD (jeet kune do). I left out MMA (mixed martial arts) cage training as there are many rules and the street has none, though it is very effective I would have to say most schools do not cover knife, gun, stick or reality situations that may be encountered on the street.  Such as you get a guy to the ground and he pulls out a knife or hey, lets just say he is standing and trying to cut you… when did your MMA (mixed martial art) coach go over that for the ring?  I am leaving out Jeet Kune Do as I love the practice and idea but finding someone that actually has a root in Wing Chun teaching it is getting near impossible. Wing Chun was hailed by Bruce Lee as the huge fighting engine for JKD (jeet kune do).  To hear some JKD instructors actually say Wing Chun doesn’t need to be learned as part of the system is like saying pressure and close contact shouldn’t be part of Jiujitsu .  It’s hard to admit but most of the JKD (jeet kune do) instructors I have seen now only have a understand of boxing, muay thai, some jiujitsu and some takedowns, which is unfortunate.  If a JKD (jeet kune do) school is missing a big handle on using and understanding the Wing Chun fighting aspect then I would have to say its more MMA than Bruce Lee JKD. With much love and no disrepect I stick with my choices of Krav Maga Wing Chun as truly devastating stand up striking street self defence martial arts. 

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Sifu Justin Och

Chief Instructor at Sifu Och Wing Chun
Sifu Justin Och has direct Ip Man lineage instruction under the Ip Ching, Ip Chun, Simon Lau, and Moy Yat system and spent his life training and advancing students in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system here in Lakeland Florida. He is also the Southeastern USA Regional Director of the World Ving Tsun Association for the America's.
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