The Best Of Wing Chun
Being number one in Chi Sau
Something my Sifu (Grandmaster Ip Chun) excels at.
Because he allows himself to stay in the moment, keep relaxed, and actually feel what is going on between the two players.
At my class this week, while playing Chi Sau, I noticed that so many students (probably without knowing it) were allowing themselves to get into position in order to execute a favoured technique.
This is not as bad as it may sound, things were not being overly set-up, but you could tell that there was a, rolling in half and half (let’s say) so as to be in the best position for such moves as a Lap-Fak Sau.
A phrase I use all to often in when teaching is that:
‘You do not get int a position to do a technique,
You do a technique from the position you are in.’
To this extent I asked the class to focus on the ultimate in ‘Staying in the moment’, and genuinely try to only attack where the opportunity truly presented itself.
‘Luk Sau Jic Kuen’
(Lost hand, straight punch)
This was easier said than done, and a question was asked as to the best way to stay away from thinking of what to do?
Various answers were offered, with the correct one being, ‘Siu Lim Tau’.
How do we allow our body to heal itself?
How do we forget about the troubles of the day?
How do we not get distracted from our goals? (etc.)
Not by not thinking of all these things, but by purposefully thinking of one thing.
In the case of Siu Lim Tau it is elbow energy, in the purpose of Chi Sau training, it was keeping the contact.
Only by focussing on keeping the contact and only trying to follow the intentions of our partner can we truly be in the moment, therefore allowing ourselves to almost, fall through the gaps presented by our opponent, this is the true essence of staying in the moment, and the true essence of Chi Sau