For the fun of it I asked my student how he could respond to an imaginary machete cut aimed at his head. He demonstrated a response which would look good for a stage demonstration but for actual application is dangerous because its inviting a cut to the neck.
Sometimes, certain applications don’t look nice and fail to appeal to our idealized version of what constitutes correct application. More than a decade ago when Master Leong taught how to defend a swinging movement I didn’t think much of it because at that time I was still learning Wing Chun.
But today, when I look back what Master Leong taught is more practical because it dealt with a number of factors that are present in a strong, chopping move of a machete. For example if you do not use enough power in the cut, something common in class practice, you may think you can stop it. Try asking your partner to take a harder swing and you might find your defence crumbling.
This is why its fun to learn self defence techniques but given a choice to stand and fight or run, I urge students to run like the devil is on their tail.