Master Wong is a Wing Chun practitioner who has developed a patented self-defense technique for victims of bullying.
Wing Chun, the basis of the technique, is described as a “concept-based traditional Southern Chinese Kung fu style form of self-defence,” on Master Wong’s website. The technique “utilises both striking and grappling in close-range combat.”
Intrigued? Intended for defense rather than attack, Master Wong is hoping that the technique will appeal to anybody who feels or has ever felt vulnerable and needs to learn how to defend themselves better.
“My name is Master Wong,” he writes on YouTube. “I created the Master Wong System in 1992. As a Martial Arts Master, it is my sincere desire for all of my students worldwide to gain the skills they need and improve the quality of their lives.”
He continues: “All of my YouTube videos give an insight into the systems I teach, from instructional videos to funny scenario-based videos.”
One video is a play-by-play of recommended techniques to stave off an attack from a violent bully. “When he pushes, you’ve got to make sure you brace,” Master Wong begins. “If he forces my neck, it will be [a] problem.”
The martial arts experts reinforces this advice: “The most important thing is just learn to brace. This is called ‘buying time!’ You buy a couple of seconds of time to consider your technique and movement to attack.”
Master Wong then advises, from this opportune position, that the “victim” can push down on the bully’s right elbow, loosening their grip and making them unable to put pressure on the victim’s neck.
He then demonstrates a “pull and turn” technique to immobilize the bully even further. It’s smooth, it’s effective; it’s like a scene straight out of a slick video game.
Master Wong’s techniques seem to be based around the principles of calm consideration, self-control, strong posture, and a series of tried and tested self-defense moves. “Softness and performing techniques in a relaxed manner is fundamental to Wing Chun,” the website offers.
The self-defense master certainly advocates a few “cry wolf” techniques along the way: “Show them that you’re worried, you’re scared,” he advises, before administering the next defensive move.
“Basic and simple!” Master Wong exhales emphatically after a five-minute demonstration. “Take time to practice,” he advises. And preferably with a friend. Sterling advice! We certainly wouldn’t want to get these moves wrong!
The series is not for the fainthearted, and parents may want to vet the videos before encouraging their kids to adopt this rather hands-on approach to fending off the bullies. Some of the techniques could be seen as violent, but to many people—victims of bullying included—the opportunity to learn a few techniques that would demote a full-blown fist fight to a controlled altercation could be very appealing.
It could also mean the difference between being the victim or being the victor.
And who’s to say that bullying stops once you reach adulthood? There are certainly some distressing statistics about adult bullying online. Perhaps some of Master Wong’s techniques would be better suited to the office and the bar than the school playground.
Either way, parents, take note.
And bullies, beware! The objects of your attention are armed with some pretty awesome new techniques, and they’re not afraid to use them.
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