Play Chi Sau Like Tennis
Too many people play Chi Sau with the intention of trying to get the hit in as fast as possible, this is like a person constantly thinking only about the destination without ever enjoying the journey itself.
Chi Sau is NOT a fight and therefore should be fun.
This is why we always refer to it as playing Chi Sau and not just ‘Having a go at it’.
When two people play Chi Sau with the right attitude very little should happen attacking wise, because they will be playing with equal respect, a little like holding an adult, grown up conversation, and not simply ‘Shouting Out!’ (strong attacks), or refusing to say a word (keeping overly tight positions).
Some of the best sessions of Chi Sau feel to me a little like having a fun game of tennis, and I do not mean at a professional level, but when two people just have a knock around.
Imagine if a rally (or single point) had been going to and fro for 15 minutes, with each of the players laughing their heads with enjoyment, at the stage when the point is actually won it almost becomes a disappointment!
Imagine if you won a competition, with the prize being a single game of tennis, centre court at Wimbledon with Andy Murray, WOW! But then he just blasts out ace after ace, without even allowing you a single return.
That would be a horrible exchange.
So don’t play Chi Sau in the same way. 🙂