Origins of Wing-Ju-Bo (Part 2)

The first city I visited outside of Asia was London in 2013 with my parents. We went to various scenic spots and landmarks such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey , St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Buckingham Palace, which can all be easily accessed via London’s Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours.

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We also watched various musicals (Top Hat and Billy Elliot) at London’s West End.

London is one of the most wonderful cities in the world. It is clean and orderly. The sidewalks are wide,  the air is fresh. Trees and parks as well as historic and beautiful building are abundant. Indeed, London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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London is home to the greatest fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and, not known to may, is the birthplace of football, table tennis, roller skating and, yes, boxing.

Although fist-fighting has been in existence since the ancient times, the term “boxing” was first used in London in 1719. The Marquess of Queensberry rules, the progenitor of modern-day boxing, was also drafted in London in 1867.

Interestingly, and as stated in my previous post, that is, Origins of Wing-Ju-Bo (Part 1), I am incorporating various elements of boxing in the martial art that I am developing which is Wing-Jiu-Bo.  The principal method of attack in wing chun kung fu is the straight punch from a relatively square stance. The punch, which may come from either hand, is fast and requires no loading; thus, it is hard to block and anticipate. A person versed in boxing, however, will provide difficulty to person using wing chun kung fu. The wing chun kung fu straight punch will not be as effective, because the jab of boxing will have more reach as the stance in boxing is not as square. The footwork in boxing also emphasizes mobility and continuous movement, which will usually provide a harder target to person using wing chun kung fu, the stance of which emphasizes economy of motion and stability .

The most important aspect of boxing however is its training method. Boxers spend a lot of energy in throwing punching combinations and evading punches. Various offensive techniques include the jab (a quick and straight punch with the lead hand from the guard position), the cross (a powerful and straight punch from the rear hand), the hook (a powerful circular punch), and the upper cut (a vertical rising punch usually to chin). On the other hand, the defensive techniques in boxing include slipping, and bobbing and weaving, and blocking. These various offensive and defensive techniques require a lot of energy and thus training in boxing also focuses on strength and conditioning, to develop endurance as well as power, quickness, and durability, in addition to preparedness, foresight, and precision.

The Rocky movies, that is, Rocky, Rocky 2, Rocky 3, Rocky 4, Rocky 5, Rocky Balboa, and Creed, especially Rocky and Rocky 3, provide valuable insight to boxing training and boxing in general. The bouts of Mike Tyson, especially his numerous first round knock-outs, shows the immense effectiveness of boxing to neutralize opponents at the quickest possible time.

More importantly, boxing, as a complement to wing chun kung fu, provides the additional tools to fight opponents, especially from out-fighting distance. However, boxing, like wing chun kung fu, is vulnerable to clinch-fighting and ground fighting, which necessitates the incorporation of various judo techniques to form the ultimate fighting system, Wing-Ju-Bo.

Thank you for reading and I hope you like this space!

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Origins of Wing-Ju-Bo (Part 1)

The first city I visited abroad is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China.

This was in 2008 after I took the bar exams. I again visited Hong Kong, this time, with all my siblings, parents, and family, in 2013. We went to various tourist attractions, such as (in order of preference) Hong Kong Disneyland, The Peak, Avenue of the Stars,  Ocean Park Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Space Museum.

Unlike Ocean Park Hong Kong and Hong Kong Space Museum, which are also tourist attractions primarily for kids, Hong Kong Disneyland  offers various attractions for adults as well, such as musical and acrobatic shows (I watched the Festival of the Lion King for a total of three times [two times in 2008 and again in 2013]), beautiful castles and other structures, lively parades and breathtaking fireworks displays. Indeed, Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the happiest place on earth.

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The Peak is the highest mountain in Hong Kong island and offers spectacular views of he city and its waterfront. The best way to go there is via the funicular railway, the Peak Tram.

Avenue of the Stars, on the other hand, has a special affinity to me because I loved watching kung fu movies as a kid and it pays tribute to the same, especially the actors who played in them, such as martial arts icon, Bruce Lee.

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Not known to many, Bruce Lee, aside from being the founder of jeet kune do, was a practitioner of wing chun kung fu, which is  a martial art I am practicing now, together with boxing and judo.

In fact, I am developing a new martial art, that is, Wing-Ju-Bo, which seeks to combine the best elements of the sweet science of boxing and the oriental martial arts of wing chun kung fu and judo.

Wing chun kung fu is a concept-based Chinese martial art and a form of self-defense specializing in close range combat which originated in 17th Century in Southern China. It is believed to be have been developed by Ng Mui, a Buddhist nun and one of the Five Elders of Shaolin Temple that managed to escape prior to its destruction. Ng Mui’s first student of her yet unnamed fighting style was a beautiful young girl named Yim Wing Chun. Its core principles include attacking and defending the centerline, which is the vertical axis of the body from the head to the groin, since ideal targets for striking are on this or near this line, such as the eyes, nose, throat, solar plexus, stomach, pelvis and groin. Another core principle is economizing motion, time, and energy, by utilizing straight punches, strikes, and finger thrusts (since a straight line is the shortest distance between two points) and simultaneous attacks and defense by attacking with one hand and simultaneously using the other hand to  block and/or redirecting the attacker’s force.

Better understanding of wing chun kung fu can be achieved (in the most enjoyable way) by watching the Ip Man Trilogy wherein Donnie Yen stars as the wing chun kung fu grandmaster Ip Man, who is best known as Bruce Lee’s real life martial arts teacher. Watching the kung fu classics Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son also provides valuable insights to wing chun kung fu.

While wing chun kung fu is a complete self-defense system, it is far from being perfect; thus, necessitating the incorporation of various elements of judo and boxing, which I will be discussing in my other posts.

Thank you for reading and I hope you like this space!