Pak (and Bong) Sau Improvements (Part 2 ‘Changing the angle of attack’)


Why follow the same path every time?


In Part 1 of this video blog we looked at making sure the basics were correct and that we were not simply drilling mistakes.


But how far do we take these ‘basics’ and how much should we trust them?


Training the Perfect position is one thing, but if you really need to use these techniques, it will be your attacker who will decide on where you need to place them, not you, such as a Tan being further out or a Bong being closer in I mean.

However, before we start changing the shapes of our positions, we first need to be 100% what we are changing in the first place, and this is where and why Forms come into their own, your text books, or your default settings as it were.


Never moving away from basics may sound like a good idea, as does Form training, as long as we understand that these techniques are all being trained under the assumption that your attacker is the same height and build as you, therefore it is often a good test for you to alter these heights on occasion, especially if partner training.


In the video below (from the same class as in Part 1) I take the simple techniques of Pak-Punch and Bong-Lap-Fak Sau, but change the angle of attack, creating amazing results, from ‘Opening up your partner’ in Chi Sau with the Pak, to making the understanding of the effectiveness of the Bong Sau, ‘A game changer’.

(Their words by the way, not mine)


One of my Instructors also reminded me of a phrase, often used at music college:


‘We do not practice until we get it right,

We practice until we cannot get it wrong’


Now as much as I love this saying, ‘Getting it wrong‘ when following basics, is one thing.

 ‘Getting it wrong’ by choice, is not getting it wrong at all.


I hope you get something from this video and remember to take a look at for more like this.


Thank you for watching.


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