Friday, May 15, 2009

Cool image

Being a diver, boater, and martial artist, as well as a yacht security business owner, I love the SE Asian arts that tend to thrive along the coastlines.
Here is a link to Wing Chun, with a cool image (I picture it as being taken from above the deck of a wooden ship).


Sean C. Ledig said...

I like that pic, too.

Doesn't surprise me that most southern Chinese and Okinawan martial arts are very adaptable for sailors. That's what most of them were.

Wing Chun and Hung Gar were the arts of the Red Boat Opera Troupe. They had to learn to fight in confined spaces on board ship.

Consider Wing Chun's weapons - the long pole and the butterfly swords. The long pole was used by canal boatsmen and riverboat travelers to push their craft down stream. It only makes sense that an eight-to-13-foot pole would be a handy instrument to fend of river pirates before they can even leave their craft.

Meanwhile the butterfly swords, due to their size, are the perfect weapon for fighting those same pirates if they are successful in boarding your ship.

Don Weiss said...

Yes, and the same goes for the Filipino and Indonesian martial arts.
Used by coastal raiders and traders to defend themselves, their families and so on.