This is just a first impression (and correct me if I'm wrong) but... most of you guys aren't overly-impressed with Wing Chun, right? :P
I admit - I've never tested Wing Chun against another martial art in sparring, though I'd be happy to try. I've no problem with people poking holes in my conceptions with their fists as well as with their keyboards. If what I've been training is essentially crap self defence, I'd rather find out sooner than later.
I have actually trained Wing Chun fairly seriously, and did pick it up pretty quickly. Yes, I've heard many times that ground-fighting disciplines like BJJ are much faster and easier in learning to apply some really effective 'bread and butter' moves; I don't dispute this. I'd like to try BJJ too someday.
I agree there's a big difference between applying a series of chain punches effectively in a real fight and drilling them in repetitive routines. I've had taster sessions at some sloppy Wing Chun schools, all lackadaisical repetitions of forms and drills, completely neglecting any kind of physical conditioning or improvised sparring.
Some things I can say for sure: if you train Wing Chun properly, you can hit fast and surprisingly hard with chain punches, I've had this demonstrated on me and found out myself (by accident). My Sifu asked me to hold two sparring pads against my chest, one on top of the other. He then punched the pads from roughly 3 inches away. It really hurt (and I suspect he wasn't really trying). Admittedly, my Sifu was extremely fit and strong, and had trained for years. I found out I myself could hit effectively with chain punches when, one day, my drilling partner had a brain-fart and paused instead of blocked. I hit him with my first punch then managed to pull the rest... he staggered, his eyes watered and blood ran from his nose. This suggests to me that I was doing something right?
I moved house fairly recently and there are no Wing Chun schools in my area, but there's a boxing gym, so I'll probably join that and get into boxing again. I'll also try to find a reasonably-skilled boxer who's happy to spar their boxing vs my Wing Chun, and see how it goes. If I find a sparring partner, and they expose my training as crap, I'll crawl back here on all fours and beg forgiveness, particularly from those of you who have anger management problems ;-)
This is FAKE WRESTLING and it's more impressive than most Wing Chun.
Me too Southpaw. It's a good thing that Our Chun friend is moving on to boxing for awhile. Learning a new sport will round him out a bit.
Well once you take a class on logic and rhetoric as well.
But seriously go try out the boxing gym go find a judo/bjj school and report back after doing it for a couple of weeks.