Oh hell yes.
Very few people on the planet can beat Georges St-Pierre, even today, in a real fight. 99.9999% of the couldn't even go the distance. But Jet Li, who is not a fighter, can go the distance. There's nothing GSP can do or try that Jet doesn't have a counter for, and Jet is probably a little faster. As long as Jet doesn't try to win, Jet can go, and therefore not lose. Jet can even probably go longer if he just defends, defends, defends, because he spends less energy.
(This is why Jet's portrayal of Wong Feihung is so great, even when the real Wong was Hung Gar. Jet's portrayal was of the gentle guy who could always go the distance and outlast, because he was so precise and flexible. That's why the action sequences still exceed almost everything we see today. And John Wick is good, but Keanu is still just an "advanced beginner", maybe "intermediate". And Jet got very rich, deservedly, from all that "eating bitter" to be that good. GSP's recent choreography is also better than almost everyone else. GSP once again reinforces his strengths in all aspects of the arts:)
Chinese martial arts are criticized as being "too strategic", and perhaps not unfairly, criticized as being less powerful. (My perspective on is Karate is that they may not wrong. Respect Karate—they're the best at what they do.)
The Chinese reverence for strategy is probably more the influence of Kongming than even Sun Tzu, because the history of the Three Kingdoms would be different without Zhuge Liang.
(In the west we have this in with Odysseus, best loved by Athena, Goddess of Strategy, but he young tend towards "the rage of Achilles"—both can be optimal in the correct domains, and dependent on what one is willing to sacrifice.)
If strategy wasn't more important than power, the history of insurgencies in the 20th century would be very different. Strategy can have many dimensions.
Traditional Wushu / Kung Fu (Practical Wushu)
- Has maintained the old school training methods and lore
- Lifelong teacher student teacher relationships
- A community of practitioners across styles
- Advanced leg-grappling
- Hard core isometrics and strengthening
- Basics for internal styles later in life
- Full contact an option
Contemporary Wushu / Competition Wushu
- Arguably the best core training there is
- Know every type of attack and every counter
- Have practiced said techniques millions of times
- First rate posture
- First rate body mechanics
- Advanced footwork
The main function of traditional is to preserve the arts faithfully, while, ideally, continuing to advance them in every generation. The main function of competition is an Olympic sport, that can be judged technically, similar to mens and women's gymnastics. Both intersect with the film industry, as performing art has never been separate from martial art in Chinese history, so far as we know. One must study these arts to some depth to separate out the "medicine show" components from the practical martial techniques, which are not usually the things that "wow", but the little stuff in between.
All martial arts have value! The caveat is that there must be some martial purpose, even indirect, or it is not martial art.
Train hard. That is the only true martial art. And, if possible, find a good teacher.