‘Feeling’ the basics
How much can you trust your eyes?
It is the easiest thing to train your Wing Chun, focussing on what you think the technique should look like, rather than allowing yourself to explore the feeling within the shapes.
The clip below is from one of our livestream classes where the topic of conversation had drifted from how we should execute the side kick in section three of the Wooden Dummy Form, to understanding feeling behind this move and all others.
We can all learn the techniques, but unless we understand the thinking behind them, we will not use them to their best potential, for instance, we may know that Tan Sau is a strong shape, but thinking that we must be strong to apply the Tan, would create a different outcome entirely.
Here’s a little exercise I’d like you to try…
In front of a mirror, open your stance and place a Tan Sau in front of you (or for the more confident of you, you may wish to try sitting in a turning stance with a Bong and guard?).
Now close your eyes, and feel that position.
Starting with your toes and how the pressure is dispersed across the bottom of the feet, moving into the angle of the ankles & knees, the straightness of the spine and the feeling in your shoulders, check how far your hands are from your body and is your chin lifted (keeping your airways clear), the position and bend of the elbows and the tension/relaxation in your hands.
Then, KEEPING YOUR EYES CLOSED, come out of your stance and shake off.
Now, starting with the same width of stance, repeat this process by way of a checklist, and rebuild the same structure, one step at a time, taking into account what part each muscle and joint is playing in the make-up of this technique, and when you’re happy that you are back EXACTLY how you started, open you eyes!
This is also great fun to do when playing the Chum Kiu, especially after 2nd section!
Anyway, I hope you find this clip interesting.
Thank you for watching.