Johnny Flame (Level 1 Senior Instructor)

“Driving home late at night, I spotted a taxi parked in a normally deserted part of town and realized there was an argument or fight in progress. Without thinking, I pulled over and got out of the car. There were two guys, both about 6ft tall and pretty fit, beating up the taxi driver. This poor man was on the ground, blood everywhere, while these two animals were kicking and punching him.

“I yelled out to them and one guy ran directly at me, throwing a wild, swinging punch at my head, I moved to the side, pushed him into the wall on my right and paused. I completely froze for about 2-3 seconds then unleashed one of my best ‘bridging the gap’ techniques, a kick directly to the knee and punch to the face.  Through the corner of my left eye I then saw the second guy running towards me and moved out of the way of his oncoming punch. I was getting scared now.

“As I ran across the road away from those two guys, a third guy, even bigger than the first two, appeared from nowhere and began running towards me.  To my surprise, he was joined by the first attacker swinging another punch. This time I knew exactly what to do.  As I dodged to the side, number one lurched in and hit number three in the chest or neck and they both tumbled over a little knee-high wall. They were obviously intoxicated or superhuman because everyone will tell you that you don’t get up after a direct kick to the knee.  I caught a glimpse of the poor taxi driver. He was a tiny man not much more than five feet tall and his face was mangled and his shirt bloody.  He was back in the taxi pushing frantically on his distress button in the taxi.
“While looking for the second attacker, I made the mistake of taking a short backwards step and fell over.  In class, we are told a million times – do not step backwards, pivot or step sideways. I got up as quickly as I could to confront my target who was readying his right fist back against his shoulder, ready to strike as soon as he was within range. At the same time, I heard bottles shattering near me and rocks began flying through the air. There was a minibus about 30-40 meters away with a dozen or more people disembarking and throwing whatever they could my way.

“The attacker was now between me and my car which was being pelted by bottles. I ran at him, executing another technique called ‘step and punch’ where you try to move your whole body and punch as one unit to maximise your force.  My fist connected with the right side of his jaw and he fell immediately, knocked out cold.  By this stage, another five or so cars and taxis had arrived.  The other guys kicked and punched my car as I drove away.

“I have absolutely no doubt that I survived this ordeal thanks to my Wing Chun. I have been training for six years now, and I am a 1st level instructor at the International Wing Chun Academy. Someone on the night punched me in the right shoulder, I did not feel it at the time but it was pretty sore the next day.  I am sure that they felt much worse than me.  I would love to have seen one of my seniors deal with the situation - it would have been over in 30 seconds or less. I estimate that I was there for 3-4 minutes and I cannot help but think that my Sifu, Grandmaster Jim Fung, who passed away just months before, was there in spirit with me.”

Level 1 Senior Instructor Johnny Flame, Sydney HQ

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