FMA and Wing Chun

Discussion in 'JKD-Kali' started by equilibrium, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. equilibrium

    equilibrium Member

    Some of the JKD makes more sense now.. I started in JKD and then did some pure wing chun and then some pure FMA.. Alot more of what we did in class makes more sense in retrospect.

    I really liked the wing chun for empty hand encounters and of course the FMA for weapons encounters. I would encourage anyone studying JKD to go back to the roots of each art and study one of them only for some period of time. It will make things make more sense I think. Many times an empty handed move in Wing Chun is very radically different than an empty handed move in FMA... I can certainly see the twin weapons oriented moves of wing chun as subsets of what Tuhon Gaje calls "the direct method."

    Anyway, what I am trying to express is very simple but very deep.. but going back to the roots will definitely help you figure out what is going on in some of the JKD movements(there must be tons of substyles). (ok I havent touched JKD since the 90s.. but I think you will see what I mean if you try it.)
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Going back to the roots really helps--Wing Chun definitely improved my JKD, and Balintawak has informed my Modern Arnis!
  3. geezer

    geezer Member

    I agree completely. I love the concept of JKD, but I've met a few self-professed JKD stylists whose knowledge is "a mile wide but only an inch deep". Going to the roots, as you put it, will definately give you depth of understanding. For me, that has been Wing Tsun, Eskrima, boxing and wrestling.
  4. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    I hear this a lot--that you really need to come to JKD after learning something else or you won't "really" know it! Sadly, I often feel that way about JKDer's FMA. But then, that was the original idea of JKD, wasn't it--a way to improve your performance with what you already have learned?

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