Overlapping Methods, Bruce Lee’s Ghost and Gung Fu Fighting

DO NOT COLLECT TECHNIQUES
Traditional Kung Fu over the course of its history, appears to have adopted, as a central premise, the amassing of ever increasing elaborate techniques. At some point practitioners departed from the what constituted effective fighting, and began to structure the hierarchy of arts based on how intricate the forms had become and how many training aids were needed to practice. It all got a little bit silly.

LOOK FOR OVERLAPS IN EFFECTIVE ARTS
Instead, I’d sooner encourage the following two approaches. Firstly, when constructing ones own version of Gung Fu, you should pay greater attention to what other arts do similarly! Look actively for overlapping methods from proven arts such as boxing, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, etc. The common features will likely constitute the most effective ideas from those arts and should therefore be adopted into ones own practice. The elaborate techniques which tend to be isolated (such as pole practise/Luk Dim Book Gwan, in Wing Chun) should be discarded or at least relegated to being practiced, purely for historical deference.

START BY ANALYSING THE FIGHT FIRST
Secondly, one should analyse the type of arena one is wishing to build skill in. If your version of Gung Fu is for street defense, then one must analyse, study, and immerse themselves in any avenue that is likely to increase their awareness of what may happen in a street altercation. The starting premise for creating your Gung Fu, must be based, at least in principle,  on the attack or fight. The converse and wrong approach would be to practice techniques in isolation, hoping that the fight takes a path which will allow one to use said techniques. Unwise, if not foolhardy.

Make your own Gung Fu.

CHANNEL BRUCE LEE’S GHOST
And f*ck it, if that don’t work, channel the ghost of Bruce Lee;

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