Chi Sau Basics
by Michel Boulet
Once a student has a
certain understanding of Wing Chun’s basics, he can commence his practice of Chi
Sau. Dan Chi Sau, the single sticky hands exercise will develop the proper sense
of sticking and reacting on an incoming force. This exercise is routine and the
focus should be on the proper positioning of the few hand techniques.
The fun begins with the “double hands” Chi Sau. There, there are no more
predetermined sequences apart from the rolling motion. Once this basic rolling
motion and it’s implications are well understood, practitioners are free to
attack at will the instant they feel a hole or weakness in the training
partner’s defensive structure. Timing and a sense of opportunity will gradually
emerge from good practice but be aware of some common mistakes.
Many people use too much muscle in Chi Sau. They try to force in the attack
without having first defeated the training partner’s defense. All attacks should
be the result of a clear line to the target. Even a partial defense will rob a
punch of a great deal of it’s power. Remember that you are not playing tag!…Be
sure that the hits could be real hard shots….Just in case you need them someday
on the street. So, the principle who would fit this advice could be: Hit when
you should…Don’t hit when you should not. One other important detail is the
distance. The proper distance should always allow you to punch trough your
opponent. A straight arm punch at a few inches from a face only means that you
were too far away to deliver a good attack. Wing Chun is a close fighting
Learn to be flexible in the mind also. Thinking too much about the next trick to
be tried on the training partner is one of the best ways to end up with a fist
looking at our nose. There should be no thoughts or planning ahead during Chi
Sau practice. Think about it. What are you going to think about if somebody
attack you on the street?…At nothing because there will be no times to think.
That’s it. Chi Sau’s function is to train you to react and act in a natural way,
using a few simple techniques based on some also simple principles. Calculating
and predetermining moves is a waste of times (IMHO)
Also, a thought is exactly the same as a stiff arm. It produces the same bad
result. If a fast attack comes ,you have to disengage an arm’s stiffness if you
want it to act fast and relaxed. You have also to disengage a stiff mind to
allow it to command the proper action from the body. It is that simple.
Have fun and do your best to learn from your mistakes.
Yip Man ->
Ho Kam Ming ->
Augustine Fong ->
Patrick Gordon ->
About the Author: Michel Boulet believes that the real mastery of Wing Chun is a
life long endeavor, he maintains a humble and open attitude toward his art
and does his best in giving his students as much personal attentions as
possible, keeping nothing for himself.
Copyright (c) 2006 the Wing Chun Archive and
Michel Boulet 2/21/06