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Traditional Chinese Kung Fu systems and training examples: Hung Gar, White Crane, Wing Chun, Choy Lay Fut, Praying Mantis, Eagle Claw etc.
Do you think these types of arts and others not mentioned -are good methods of training martial arts? -for the purpose of self- defense or combat with a realistic approach or not?
Are Chinese Arts difficult to show any practical applications in the forms or kata of traditional arts?

Traditional Chinese martial arts are very practical because most of the major disciplines are found solely for the purpose of application in real life scenarios. Even Tai-Chi was first invented solely for the purpose of self-defence. Most of them has an interesting story behind the founder and its founding, and you can see they were invented with an urgent need for self-defence in mind (e.g. ward off bandits, to retaliate for the death of family, rebels uprising against corrupted government etc.). Traditional Chinese martial arts are real fighting systems (also for self-development), with some moves being direct and potentially "fatal", so you are limited to "only" using them in real situations and not in a sports match .

Bruce Lee denounced traditional CMA’s to be too rigid because of the overwhelming components of katas. He being a very advanced martial artist has the right to look beyond this level. But he left out one point, kata forms are supposed to be trained many many times until it becomes your natural muscle reflexes, that is when you have "laid down" your foundation and the next part of the story [more advanced] is how you *interpret* it’s forms in each unique situation. A ‘form’ and it’s ‘moves’ can possibly have "few" more minor alternatives or minor change of angles (e.g. Shaolin animal forms, Sanchin kata in WhiteCrane) to respond to each coming attack. This opens up a whole new realm of your self-defence arsenal. A good Traditional CMA discipline makes you train these rigid forms and katas tirelessly to build your "foundation", to condition your body and natural reflexes until one can utilize the ‘core fighting philosophy’ of that discipline in a real scenario [e.g. W.Chun, Hung Gar, Praying Mantis, BaguaZhang], in which you can later on flexibly adapt each kata to each unique cases.