When I was given the opportunity to be the DVD reviewer at WCI, I jumped at the chance, and I made a promise to myself that I would be honest and unbiased when it came to lineage and always review the DVDs on their instructional merits.
So here we have Austin Goh’s Wing Chun Combat and I am sorry to say but it is the worst DVD I have reviewed thus far. I shall explain why.
The DVD starts with a demonstration of Free Sparring and in an age of MMA it is frankly hilarious. The video quality is poor and is accompanied by some awful background music, which is far too loud.
The DVD continues with demonstrations focusing on Body Conditioning, Speed and Power Training. The next section focuses on Basic Techniques and it is this kind of rubbish that gives Wing Chun a bad name. And even though Taan, Bong, Faak and Gaan Sau are covered (only in demonstrations) they are barely recognizable. I really had to force myself to watch it.
The rest of the DVD is taken up with more boring demonstrations of various techniques and combinations shown only once or twice with no attempt at explaining how to do the actions correctly. All this is accompanied by that ridiculous music.
Next up, is over twenty minutes of footage of his students sparring—it is mind numbing! The DVD finishes with a short Q&A session with Austin himself, which to be honest is pointless. One minute he is telling us “…not to use full power during free sparring,” and the next, “…if the opportunity to kick someone in the head arises you should aim to knock your opponent down.”
I will leave you with this final quote from Austin Goh himself: “If you have learnt Wing Chun then you will understand ALL martial art systems.” Arrogant?
Austin Goh – DVD 11: Wing Chun Combat Review
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Running Time: Approx. 40 min.
Number of Discs: 1
Availability: Out of Print
Reviewed By: James Woodcock