Why is Wing Chun like a diet
Some of you may know I try to contribute to social media with the (probably vain) hope of bringing some balance to some of the more polarised discussions that take place.
One of the fascinating things I have observed is the almost constant belief that you can 'prove' one style is better than another by putting, say, a Wing Chun fighter in a ring against a Muy Thai kickboxer. If the Wing Chun practitioner loses it's taken as proof that Wing Chun is somehow inferior to whatever style it was against. The (il)logical extension is then applied that if the Wing Chun student trained, or cross trained in the other style, it would all have come out so different.
This is spectacularly taken to extremes with MMA and arts like BBJ.
And this is where the diet comes in. There's a multi-million dollar industry out there based on the desire of people to lose weight. A desire which is coupled with an almost innate inability to simply eat less. And then a terrific self delusion that 'It wasn't me! the diet didn't work!'
When was the last time you heard someone say 'I did the Atkins diet, and didn't lose any weight because I kept cheating' (and when you phrase it like that, it should be obvious how ludicrous the assertion is. In fact, what they are saying was 'I didn't do the Atkins diet, and I didn't lose weight)
What people actually say is 'Diets don't work'
What people actually say is 'Wing Chun doesn't work'
Well Wing Chun does work, if you train and practice and do Wing Chun.