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Thread: Emin Boztepe vs William Cheung?

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    mantis boxer Guest

    Emin Boztepe vs William Cheung?

    I heard that Cheung gave a seminar in Germany and got into a fight and lost. Did he fight Emin B?

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    Je Lei Sifu Guest
    Yes there was a fight between the two.

    However, Sifu Cheung had turned away and then was attacked.

    This is what I remembered, I could be wrong.

    Je Lei Sifu.

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    illusionfist Guest
    I brought up a thread about this exact topic a couple of months ago. I'm sure if you can find it, you will find some enlightening info about the "Cologne Incident." I myself didn't know much about the whole thing, but after the duration of the thread, there was some insightful and informative statements made.

    It turns out that there was a video of the whole thing and it appeared that both participants were not performing well.

    Peace [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    MoQ Guest
    Yeah, I remember that. After a seminar, Sigung Cheung was jumped by the hothead Boztepe. In those days, the Leung Ting Lineage was scrambling to cover their booties and still claim a victory for their side.

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    jimbob Guest
    I remember the thread too - just after Christmas I think. The incident eventuated after Wlliam Cheung had issued a public challenge to any wing chun fighter out there to prove himself- saying that he (Cheung) ws the sole inheritor of the "correct" WC system and bagging the WTsun people.

    I don't know or care anything about either group but really - if you're going to issue worldwide challenges like that, you shouldn't be too surprised if someone suddenly decides to take you up on your offer.

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    Sihing73 Guest
    I prefer to remain outside of politics but at the time of this incident I was a member of Leung Tings camp. One of my Sihings was part of the group which took place in this incident. I have since trained with some from William Cheungs group. Having said this I was privileged to hear both sides of the story. I have copies of the articles which appeared in IKF giving both sides of the story and also the follow up involving Andrew Draheim and Victor Parlati in New York.

    Here is the short story:

    During a seminar in New York City Leung Ting asked for a volunter from the audience to demonstrate some type of palm technique. A member of the audience who was of William Chuengs lineage, and wearing one of his T-Shirts stepped up. During the "demonstration" this person managed to strike Leung Ting once. William Cheung had no knowledge of this incident until after it happened and he reprimmaned the students involved.

    A short time later William Cheung was invited to do a seminar in Germany. When he arrived for the seminar there were members of the news media there. He did a photo shoot prior to the start of the seminar. During the seminar he was approached by Emin who wanted to fight. Long Story short Emin had a group of people and video and still photography equipment. Emin made reference to some article in which William Cheung had made statements concerning the superiority of his version of Wing Chun and stated he would fight anyone anytime to prove it. The fight ensued and lasted approximate 25-30 seconds. Both people went to the ground.

    Emin got up and left along with his group of people. Wiliam Cheung completed the seminar but cancelled the second day. Neither party was injured and despite claims made by both sides there was no "obvious" victor. I have had the opportunity to view both the "edited" and "unedited" versions of the video and they are, IMO, inconclusive.

    A short time after this incident Victor Parliti, a student of William Cheungs, visited one of Leung Tings instructors in New York, Andrew Draheim and a repeat occurred. Again with both sides claiming victory.

    Since then things have coold off a bit. Both sides made statements and challenges but nothing ever came of it. This incident was one of the reasons which led me to leave Leung Tings organization as I viewed it as a disgrace all the way around.

    If anyone is interested I have copies of letters sent by both parties as well as the articles I mentioned. Email me at:
    and I will be glad to send you a copy.

    The bottome line is that the incident proved nothing nor accomplished anything. Neither side was able to achieve a sure victory. William Chueng at the time of this incident was in his late 40's or may have even already hit 50. Emin was in his early 30's maybe late 20s' and had trained for almost a year getting in shape for this event.

    I do not wish to discuss this incident publicly any further, it was a regrettable thing to have happen. Should you wish to discuss it further please contact me off list.



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    GinSueDog Guest
    It was from what I have heard a pretty sorry fight, between two pretty sorry fighters. The most ironic thing is that the fight went to the ground and that if just one of them knew how to fight on the ground it would have been over in seconds, oh well. I think the worst part was reading the interviews from the two fighters afterwards and there excuses, William Chueng may have had a pretty poor excuse but come on the man was at least fifty at the time so it does seem to me to be a little unfair from the start. Anyways, IMHO all they managed to do was make Wing Chun look really bad, both as masters in the system and as fighters.-ED

    "The grappling arts imply most fights end up on the ground...take them there. The striking arts imply all fights start standing up...keep them there. The mixed martial arts imply any fight can go ready and able to go everywhere."-a mix martial artist

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    LEGEND Guest
    It's ironic the fight hit the ground eh???

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    HuangKaiVun Guest
    Both fighters won because neither man was seriously hurt physically

    Both fighters lost because each man acted as if the other was the loser afterwards.

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    @xemili Guest
    what's with the philisophical posts all of a sudden?

    Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning.
    -George Elliot

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    sleeper Guest
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by GinSueDog:
    [B]It was from what I have heard a pretty sorry fight, between two pretty sorry fighters.

    Not a scratch on any of the four "masters".
    Hehehehe......Where was Don King?

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    MoQ Guest
    Sihing73- thanks for the dose of personal experience.

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    ATENG Guest
    here we go again...

    Its all fun and games til someone loses an eye. Then its just fun.

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    DragonzRage Guest
    I have that fight somewhere in my video collection. Basically Boztepe simply mauled, grounded and pounded an older, weaker and smaller individual. It was a cowardly challenge on the part of Boztepe. And it was a disgrace for Wing Chun Gung fu. Being a fight between two wing chun experts there was very little expertise shown by any of it, other than a leg sweep and a pretty inefficient ground & pound by Boztepe. I saw more interesting brawls in high school. Boztepe was very clearly the winner though. He was basically on top of Cheung pounding away until Cheung's group finally pulled him off.

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    jojitsu27 Guest
    Sorry guys,
    Someone here is yanking your chain.
    I actually HAVE the fight on videotape, it is part of a Leung Ting video series.
    A certain someone above said:"I have had the opportunity to view both the "edited" and "unedited" versions of the video and they are, IMO, inconclusive. "
    He was either very very very.......very very tired when he watched that fight or he is blind and was relying on the sound.

    In the video tape Emin attacks Will C., Will C. falls on his butt and Emin lands on top of him.
    Will C. demonstrates a complete lack of groudfighting knowledge by laying there stupified while Emin pounds his head into the floor with elbows.
    Emin also knows nothing about groundfighting so he just sort of lays there and pounds Will C.
    I came to two conclusions from watching the fight.

    A) Anyone with a few years knowledge of any type of groundfighting would have torn both Emin AND Will C. limb to limb. Both of them demonstrate a complete lack of kowledge of ground positioning and ability. Emin didn't try and get a side control position or a full mount (a ground fighter would have put him in guard and broke his arms with armbars or choked him out with the triangle). Will C. just layed their like a dead fish and didn't even attempt a reversal, guard position, half guard, escape...etcet (a ground fighter would have just mounted Will C. and probably broken his arms, chocked him out, or just pound on him from a superior postition).
    It sort of makes me laugh at watching two hot heads with really big ego's fight and demonstrate a COMPLETE lack of knowledge of groundfighting.
    As you can tell I am neither Leung Ting or Will Cheung lineage Wing Chun, in fact I am not Yip Man lineage at all so I have no problem in pointing out the lack of knowledge of combat in that range of fighting that Wing Chun people have.
    I have found for myself, that BJJ covers that lack of knowledge quite nicely and fits in well with my Wing Chun Kung Fu.
    You Kung Fu guys out there that don't think you need ground fighting knowledge take this story to heart before you end up embarassed like poor Will Cheung.
    Even the best of Kung Fu slippers can cause you to fall on a training floor, and even the masters can be surprised!!!!!

    ps: I think A covers it all so I'm not going to post B


    [This message has been edited by jojitsu27 (edited 07-01-2000).]

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