Origins of Wing Chu-Bo Sapakan System (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 Chu-Bo Sapakan System (Part 1), I am incorporating various elements of boxing in the martial art that I am developing which is Wing Chu-Bo Sapakan System.  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.

Boxing training however ignores other effective means of neutralizing opponents, such as finger thrusts to the eyes, front snap kick to the groin, and stomp kick to the knee. The said techniques are part of the wing chun kung fu curriculum and, like punching techniques of  boxing, are relatively simple and easy to learn and apply, and, most importantly, brutally effective.

Thus, Wing Chu-Bo Sapakan System seeks to incorporate the best elements of boxing and wing chun kung fu. Practitioners of Wing Chu-Bo Sapakan System are expected to learn and master the finger thrust to the eyes and punch to the chin combination (i.e., Sundot at Sapak), which is designed to neutralize opponents in under three seconds, among other various techniques. To achieve mastery, students also engage in Chi Sau and boxing sparring to apply and develop the techniques of Wing Chu-Bo Sapakan System.

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

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