I watched a documentary recently and this Wing Chun master remarked that the concept of Wing Chun is to occupy the opponent’s centreline. Of course he also explained the technical advantages of Wing Chun, well after all it is a documentary about Wing Chun, and will therefore explore all the pros about the art.
Similarly, if they were to make a documentary, (which there are plenty out there) about Aikido, it will be of no surprise that the documentary will about how good Aikido is. Who is going to go around telling people that the art they’ve been practising for the past 2 decade suck?
The thing about martial art is on a technical level, most arts are distinguished in their own right. But one thing that makes me uneasy about what the Wing Chun master says about occupying the centreline.
What happens if you come up against an opponent that ‘ lures‘ you to occupy their centreline? So by training, a Wing Chun exponent will occupy an opponent’s centreline, only to realised that is not the real centreline, other than walking into a vulnerable counter-attack?
Fighting is a very fluid matter, extremely intense and violent, as much as martial arts tries to make a science out of it, it is almost impossible to predict the outcome of a fight. Centrelines shifts, exponents lures their attackers into their pre-conditioned mindset. In this example of the Wing Chun exponent, the stratagem of occupying the centreline, might be a trap that the Wing Chun guy sets himself up for. The technical training we as martial artists received in our respective discipline will fail us when we are up against a more shrewd opponent, and there is no teaching of shrewdness and there is nothing dishonourable about it as well.