An often asked question. What is Wing Chun Do (WCD)and the difference between it and DeMile Self Defense (DSD).
In a previous post I qualified that my programs evolved from my training with Bruce Lee. I referred to the period as “DeMile JKD, to separate it from, Glover, Inosanto, Poteet and other JKD references.
Wing Chun DO is the “art and science”, DeMile Self Defense is the “science and combatives” of my interpretations of Bruce’s concepts and principles. Bruce looked at the martial from two positions. First was the art. He felt the “art was beautiful” but not scientific. He wanted something to reflect a deeper element of the “art”. This element was “Practicality”. He wanted a system that was beautiful, yet functional in modern society. So he developed a flowing of techniques that were based on Simplicity, Efficiency and most important, Practicality. It was a personal creation that reflected his needs at that time. Practicality, meant he had to have a reference to determine a techniques value, hence the science of discovery. Wing Chun Do is the complete structure of the “art and the science”. It was an accumulation on the details of my training with Bruce Lee. The self defense element was built in as an overall benefit of the applied concepts. However, the emphasis was on the practicality and beauty of the complete system. Each phase of learning was focused on the details of what made things work and how you applied them. It was developed with the average individual in mind, who was not a fighter, and although they wanted self defense techniques, they were also interested in personal development. Many of the students in WCD have been training for five years and up to ten, because of how it has contributed to their confidence and positive self image. Sigung Rocco Ambrose, of the Ambrose Academy, in Livonia Michigan, is the Chief instructor of the system, and at this time, is the only person I have authorized to train instructors. I am still personally involved with instructors and certify them when they become qualified and will add them to the international roster of qualified WCD instructors. Sigung Ambrose has an extension program for those who want to train, but cannot attend his academy on a regular basis.
But, Bruce also viewed Practicality concepts from a combative and reality standpoint, that they should be able to be taught in a shorter period of time and with less emphasis on details. Practicality should be open to expand as circumstances required. The rapid growth of JujiItsu and MMA training has changed the attitude of many students and broadened the need for more diversity in training
DeMile Self Defense is a compressed version of WCD and combat Jujitsu (JJ). It is the blending of the best close quarter defensive tactics from both arts. Refined WCD is the stand-up and JJ is the ground defense. Chris “the Badger” Blanke is a WCD instructor as well as multiple gold medal world Jujitsu champion under the Ribeiro JJ (RJJ) banner, and Chris is well known for his knowing the difference between “sport” and “combative” jujitsu. Along with Chris and myself, Ken and Rick DeMile,both WCD instructors and Brown Belts in RJJ, are part of the creative team to make DSD the best Defensive tactics anyone can offer. We incorporate the latest in training technology along with new innovative electronics, designed and built by Ken, and known as the ‘Fittest Warrior Challenge”. Rick specializes in Kids programs and allows us to work effectively with tomorrows generations, both adults and children. A primary difference between WCD and DSD is how they are taught. WCD is presented on more of an academic basis, where details are important. DSD touches on the details but emphasizes application. WCD offers more of a family atmosphere, where DSD promotes an aggressive training environment.
Also, DSD can be added to an any existing schools curriculum. An instructor who already has a teaching format can expand it with DSD by becoming an affiliate or train to have their own DSD school. One of the benefits of being an affiliate is having personal access to work closely with DeMile and Blanke.
We truly believe this is the future of the martial arts and are excited about teaming up with others that share our view.
Our DeMile Self Defense website will be up and running next week. I will post when it is ready for views.