Using my role model, Bruce Lee, who also advocated the use of precise targeting such as eye gouges, throat chops, etc etc, but that DIDN'T stop him from sparring in an 'alive' environment.
Sure, Bruce Lee may not have been a great fighter, but he had the right ideas.
Muay Thai has a much deadlier side to it, but it wouldn't be entertaining if you ended every match within 5 seconds, now would it?
I'm not a sport fan, but I do like the idea of 'tried and true' much like Judo. You use it on a daily basis, drill the thing into your head, and then see if it functions in actual application.
Most Wing Chun-ers I've seen through medias, are so drilled into their system, it just doesn't work when faced with something totally different like, say, TKD who relies on long-distance fighting. It's hard to set up the proper scenario for your system to work~ That's the problem with most gong fu styles. They rely TOO much on KNOWING your opponent, instead of taking things as is.
In Judo, it doesn't matter if he knows how to throw or not, you throw him end of subject. Karate, it doesn't matter if he knows Seiken Zuki or jodan uke, just punch him in the face. A lot of gong fu styles however, rely too much on proper stances, proper blocks, B follows A scenarios, to be really effective.
Now any moment, ButterflyPalm will walk in and probably yell my arse back to Vietnam and undig my ancestors, so he can show me proper application.
Where was I? Yes, proper application. Anything that has to do with "When he punches like this, you do this" stuff has to be thrown out of the window for starters. Take things as is~ To create to proper opening you have a few options~
1) Feint to attack
2) Attack by combination
3) Distraction to attack
4) Evasive advances
Rarely will any type of block help much, very rarely.
I'm talking fist techniques now by the way, kicking is a bit different.
Blocking a punch creates no opening whatsoever. Boxers have proven it thousands of time when they do 'cover up' which is basically tighten up, hold their hands high and try to 'roll' away the attacker's punches. Although it may remove the edge of a punch, it doesn't create any good openings.
Very rarely do you see in boxing, where you can actually block shots well. A properly trained fist will come in flurries, and the chances of being able to block 4/10 is near none.
What happens when you take a CMA art and expose it to 'aliveness'? It becomes like Sanda.
What is Sanda to the unknowing eye? Boxing mixed with TKD and Wrestling. That's it.
Take the simplest and most effective techniques, put them into an easier form and you get Sanda.
People need to stop thinking like a robot and think like a lion. Just pounce the b@stard
already. What's the point in all that 'art and beauty' when it's getting yourself killed?