A movie from Golden Harvest Corporation presents a classic battle fighting match between a classical Wing Chun Kung Fu versus other Non-Shaolin based Kung Fu arts such as Southern Eagle Claw Kung Fu.
It is a Raymond Chow production and one of my favorite Wing Chun Kung Fu Instructional old Chinese movies.
For I believe that there are two types of Chinese martial arts movies, one is for purely entertainment, and the other is for instructional purposes as well as an entertainment movie.
That movie also shows that during those days, there are lots of traditional scams and spam’s (like those of Internet technology Scams of the modern present world), extortions, or other faked street techniques for bad intentions.
During those classical ancient days, if you know kung fu, and if you’re good to it, sparred and defeated many opponents, you’ll gain some students.
But if you’re expert or known as a master of the art, you’ll have plenty of students.
And if you’ll have plenty of students, you’ll have plenty of money.
Sometimes, law can be handled using strength, popularity, money, feared, and Kung Fu. Most of the kung fu movies tell what life exactly during those days.
And if you have plenty of money, before China becomes a communist country, those expert or master kung fu leaves China and migrated to other foreign lands such as Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and later in the United States of America.
Only the kung fu students and novice kung fu practitioners stays on China and suffers, the reason why even in Shaolin Temple, you could never find any good fighters there, since good Kung Fu Instructors and Masters they are already migrated to different foreign countries before 1900’s. They have enough money saved since they have plenty of students and disciples for years.
According to the movie, one of the reason why the training (of not only exclusive to Wing Chun) but applicable to most of the Kung Fu are not permitted for the practitioner to do back stepping (or retreating steps) is because you don’t know nothing on what’s on your back!
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Therefore, instead of making a retreating steps to defend, why not pursuing steps forward or do side stepping in order for the practitioner to “one step ahead” and not a “one step behind” to his or her opponent.
Commonly found on most kung fu sparring, the failure on why they can’t apply their learned kung fu art because they always steps back.
It must be “retreating steps is not an option”, then it will turn to “the best defense is an offense”.