Someone pointed out a test to me for biomechanics. This test is supposed to show everyone else doing WC that their way of doing it is wrong.
Here’s a thought – if the person doing the test fails the test what does it really prove?
Apart from proving that the participant’s current way of doing WC is unable to satisfy the criteria of the test :-
a) Does the test prove that the style that the participant is learning is wrong or just that the participant has not learned it properly yet?
b) If doing things wrongly is part of the learning curve how then does learning a so-called “correct” style ensure that the learner does not have to go through a similar learning curve of doing things wrong first before being able to do it correctly?
c) How does the participant’s failure of the test prove that the style he is learning is unable to be used in a real fight but that the style that is being hawked is able to unless the test is a test of combat and not on the attributes alone?
d) If the participant fails the test and he then learns the so-called correct style does this mean that learning the style is a guarantee of success regardless of the participant’s mental and physical attributes, time and effort?
e) How do we know that the so-called correct way is the only way as it seems to be marketed as such?
f) What is the criteria for such test? How to minimize biasedness? For example if I were to get participants who had just learned a month of Wing Chun then its almost a certainty that they will fail the test because the average learner is likely not to practice hard nor every day. If so, then the test is biased and skewered to ensure that outsiders will fail. Actually, if you ask me I will say that if you take participants from this correct style who has learned only for a month they are also more than likely to fail
So what does this test really prove apart from the fact that it is a marketing tool? It does not test efficiency in real combat by pitting the participants against someone who will fight hard, resist your techniques and be ready to harm you. Anything short of this seems to be to be not real combat if I read what the purveyors of this website is saying. Yet their test fails to touch on this aspect of what one would think is a real test rather hypothetical testing. Also, if their own student can pass the test does it mean that if we get someone from outside to go against this student he can defend himself even if the opponent goes all out?
So when looking to learn Wing Chun one might be sold on such sweet, persuasive claims. If it were that effective don’t you think that the main protagonist would live up to his promise to shut down this school in Clementi? If after making such a public boast and he fails to do it I can only but conclude that its all talk. To potential consumers I would say caveat emptor.
Lastly, some people will tell you that lineage does not matter. You know why? Its because they don’t have a valid and legitimate lineage to stand behind them. Its like you want to go for plastic surgery but instead of picking a doctor with proper credentials and training, you decide to go for a back alley doctor. Like Taleb pointed out in Anti-Fragile don’t ask a doctor what they would do. Instead ask them if they were in your shoes what they would so. The difference is enough to give you two different sets of answers. Its like me asking why doctors want to sell you the idea of lasik but they themselves don’t go for it.
Some might say I never mentioned my lineage also. Yes, true but this scenario here is not the same. I do have one. I just don’t advertise it. But seriously, if I am desperate to make money off Wing Chun but I don’t have the lineage to back me up what would I do? Simple – claim that lineage is not important and divert attention by making claims by boldly saying that everyone else is wrong. Voila! And I am in business……