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Si-Fu Dennis Sigurnjak
Instructor Level 2
Headman, AWCA Illinois
Wing Chun is my first formal martial art. I researched a variety of martial arts prior to training in Wing Chun, and what I have found is that one size does not fit all. Each martial art appeals to an individual’s different strengths and abilities.
For example, Choy Li Fut is a long art that takes a lot of power, Kenpo Karate is a hard style that takes a lot of strength, and Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art. I am a small-framed person at 150 lbs. so I do not try to out-power or out-muscle someone. If I did, I would be in a lot of trouble. Instead, I want to capitalize on my attributes in order to use them to their fullest potential. And Wing Chun brings that out.
Out of all the martial arts I researched, Wing Chun appealed to me the most. One does not need to be strong to be an effective fighter. The art is based on sensitivity and using an opponent’s actions to dictate our response, so instead of fighting strength with strength or clashing force with force, a Wing Chun practitioner will ‘borrow’ his opponent’s attacking actions.
A more ‘down to earth’ analogy likens this concept to a matador and a bull. A matador cannot take on a 1,200 lb. bull head-to-head; instead, he side-steps and misleads the bull, using the bull’s actions to dictate his response. Likewise, Wing Chun acts on the same premise and uses ‘opportunity’ and the opponent’s own movements to his advantage.
I would recommend Wing Chun to anyone who is interested in learning real protective skills. Fighting is not a game, nor is it a movie. If reality and confidence in self-defense is what you are looking for, then Wing Chun will provide it.