Yeah, I wish
I’ve always enjoyed the game of darts, both playing and watching, and always want to improve (in the playing that is, not the watching), but I’ve never really been sure about my technique.
Over time I’ve realised things, like that my starting position is different from one throw to the next, twisting my wrist as I release the dart, or leaning too far forward, and so on, but the last time I played, I noticed something quite dramatic, and that was the amount my body was shifting during the throw.
How could I possibly expect to gain any consistency when I’m rocking all over the place?
Well, this is when I started to think of Wing Chun, and in particular, my Siu Lim Tau.
What sprang to mind was the three key points my Sifu (Grandmaster Ip Chun) would press upon me, in the first section, we should:
To explain this as briefly as I can, let’s look at this in order, starting with:
Now this is not a case of, ‘The slower your Form the better’ (something which is often misunderstood), but more a case of, if you were focussing on the development of energy (and feeling something within your arm), then you should not want to speed up, for fear of possibly losing that sensation.
Well, this speaks for itself, I guess.
Again, in the first section, allow yourself to relax any excess use of muscle (by that I mean anything more than needed to maintain the position), using extra and unnecessary tension, will simply smother any sensitivity and give zero connection with the elbow energy you’re supposed to be training.
When it comes to this comment, the idea here is that the only part of the body to move should be the arm in question, not fidgeting about, shuffling in your stance, or turning your head.
Doing this of course, will take you away from your centreline path, you are trying so hard to mentally and physically digest.
When I tried to apply this thinking to my darts, this was much easier said than done, it is however, something I will continue to play with.
The idea behind this blog, is not just to be applied to playing darts, but to so many other areas of your training.
For instance, take your phone, and video yourself running the Forms, turning techniques etc., playing Chi Sau or even sparring, and try to see how much you are moving parts of the body that do not need to be moving.
To start with, there will be a great chance that your guard hand will be all over the place!
In Chi Sau, I believe you can do whatever you want, providing,
1 – You get away with it.
2 – That it was your choice.
The second point here is the more important, do not be putting things down to chance, hoping that you get away with it!
If you get hit in Chi Sau, due to you making a mistake, then this is one thing, admit your mistake, bite the bullet and get on with correcting that bad call.
BUT, if you are getting hit because you were not in control of your back hand, then this is not acceptable.
These possible later mistakes should be nipped in the bud, irradicated in the early stages, and through the training of Forms, done in the correct manner.
Therefore, we should give respect to the Forms, train them with precision, and not just skip through them, and without consideration of what they can truly offer.