I was reading the kungfumagazine forum today and can’t help but wonder why some of these non-Ip Man Wing Chun experts are trying to pass judgement on a system that they don’t practice or have done enough research to make a definite conclusion.
Its like what I mentioned in The Ip Man Koans about Taleb pointing out in Anti-Fragile that we tend to mistaken the unknown for non-existence.
Basically, this so-called researcher / expert pointed out that Ip Man lacked the snake hands in his Siu Nim Tao. Do you see the point about mistaking the unknown for non-existence here?
Sure, Ip Man reorganized the Siu Nim Tao and took out the snake hands. But does this mean that the snake hands were totally deleted from the Ip Man Wing Chun system?
This is where I beg to differ. The snake hands are still there in Ip Man Wing Chun. Its just people are too blinded to see what is in plain sight. Because of this, such self-styled researcher cum expert is having a field day confusing those who don’t know better.
I could tell you some of the stories I heard about why this state of affairs came about but I won’t. Since the popularity of the Ip Man movies, the old man is now virtually a deity who can do no wrong and its not nice to knock his superman image.
Actually, this could be turned into another eBook, perhaps called “In Plain Sight – What You See But Don’t But is There in Ip Man Wing Chun”………..