I’m not sure why it came into my head but yesterday I was thinking about challenge fights and the Emin Boztepe VS William Cheung fight from the 1980s. Now that’s waaaaaayyyy before my time as a Wing Chun student but it got me thinking…
First up, the rules of this blog post are as follows:
No picking sides, it doesn’t matter if you’re an Emin Boztepe fan or student, from the William Cheung lineage or if you hate Wing Chun. This is about our art and constructive comments are welcome below. YouTube (esque) comments can be deleted by the admin : )
And ultimately no one really knows the truth about what happened that day, at least from a neutral perspective!
Back to my point.
In the words of someone far cleverer than I am: Actors act, writers write and fighters fight. And if you want to make an omelet you’re going to break some eggs!
The very act of wanting to test your art means fighting. That puts you into a world very few people will ever really understand and fewer still are prepared to participate in. By agreeing to fight you’re putting your style, your school and your name on the line.
Your reputation is at stake and your physical well being is on the line. Fighting is scary and it hurts.
Very few people have the courage to step up and really take place. Sure people, onlookers, spectators talk as though they could and what they would do, how well they’d perform and what they ‘think’ they’d feel….
… it’s all bu*****t unless you’ve been there and done that.
It’s why listening and reading to Wing Chun students talking, critiquing and arguing the toss of the William Cheung vs. Emin Boztepe fight cringe-worthy.
Regardless of how good or bad you thought (or think) either is they both fought and one had to lose. It wasn’t really about this lineage versus that lineage. It was about Master Emin Boztepe fighting Grandmaster William Cheung on whatever day it was back in the 1980s. Maybe if it had occurred the day before or the day after the result may have been different.
I’d doing my best not to pick sides and add bias!
My point is — Fighters FIGHT to test themselves and their styles.
Someone had to lose and from (personal experience) I know that I’ve beaten people who should have beaten me and lost to people I should have beaten. It works both ways. Sometimes I knock them out, sometimes they knock me out — sometimes neither of us knock the other out.
And the next day, if we fought again, the results could be completely different.
Doesn’t matter because fighters FIGHT, they accept defeat and learn from it. Onlookers can only imagine what it is or was like and appreciate both fighters had the courage to go toe to toe and find out for themselves who was the best on the day — instead of arguing it on YouTube!
Here’s the fight. The commentary is biased towards Emin and Wing Chun however it does have a slow-mo version to analyze if you’ve got nothing better to do : )
My only personal comments on the video won’t make you or I any better so get back to training!