One of the longest debates in Martial History pertains to which style is better.
We might not ever know the answer to this, but from time to time we get to see practitioners from different styles go against one another. In this case, we got to see a Wing Chun master take on a Karate black belt. The two men in the video are Wing Chun master Pierre Francis Flores from Canada and Karate black belt Đoàn Bảo Chau from Vietnam.
Flores has made a name for himself in recent years by competing against other martial artists in street fights. In this case, he was challenged by Chau and he gladly accepted.
There is a clear size difference between the two martial artists, with Flores clearly being the bigger of the two. Despite this, both men have no problem with the fight taking place. I do have to note that this probably should have been done at a dojo because it doesn’t make any sense to fight on concrete like they do.
Both men eating together after the fight.
What is great about this video is that despite it ending in brutal fashion, before the fight and afterward both men show nothing but respect to one another and are able to sit down and enjoy a meal together as they break bread. This is the true essence of martial arts. It is not about humiliating or demeaning your opponent, it is simply about testing out one’s skills.
Were you surprised by the result? A lot of people don’t think that traditional martial arts can be implemented in such a manner. These two obviously showed that they can. Despite one being on the losing end by way of knockout, it shows that Karate can still be used to fight and the Wing Chun practitioner showed you can win a fight with Wing Chun.
The way these two fought I wouldn’t mind seeing some great style vs. style matchups. As a huge fan of Wing Chun I think it can be useful when used in the right setting. Obviously, this is a controlled environment where they are fighting in hand to hand combat, but on the street, it could be a different story. It is always best to keep these type of situations in the gym or dojo where you don’t have to worry about things getting out of hand. This should always be handled with respect, honor, and discipline.