W.C.W. 27 – 08 – 2014

 ASPECTS OF CHI SAU, LEADING AND EXPELLING.

A quick recap of what I term the 10 aspects of Chi Sau.

  1. Asking
  2. Running
  3. Intercepting
  4. Leaking
  5. Destabilising.
  6. Crushing.
  7. Engaging
  8. Evading
  9. Leading
  10. Expelling

Leading and Expelling are pretty much two sides of the same coin, it could be viewed as one pulls while the other pushes.

The main idea behind the Aspects is to try to see the potential that any of our moves can contain, it would be possible to explore most of these ideas with just the one technique, it is Wing Chun so more than anything we are trying to explore CONCEPTS.

Due to its very nature Chi Sau can become very stale, everyone at some time or another develops a favourite trick that their training partners cannot deal with, and of course this soon becomes the go to move every time they roll, that is all well and good in the training hall, but it could lead to ruin in the Street.

The key to really exciting Chi Sau play {and never ever forget that Chi Sau is just a Game} is to keep an “Open mind, to maintain your curiosity and to employ fluid thinking.

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Leading and Expeling from WC INCa's on Vimeo.

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In my 20 + years of Wing Chun I have known quite a few guys that have been really proficient Chi Sau players who themselves had admitted to not being to sure of how it would all go down if the going got nasty out there in Clubland of wherever they imagined using their skills.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

If you do not believe you will always fail.

Wing Chun will not fail, but people’s Courage might.

Play some of these games and understand the power and wonder of what you are training.

Kick Ass and take names.

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W.C.W. 20 – 08 – 2014

CHI SAU ATTRIBUTE #2. RUNNING.

We are first introduced to the concept behind “RUNNING” in the Dan Chi Sau game of Running Palms. The aim is to discern the direction of your Partners force and by extension his Intention.

The exercise is very formal, partner “A” presses on partner “B”s Arm and “A” removes it.

Despite what some of my colleagues insist this is just a very low skill exercise to get you into the groove, it has ZERO application uses.

If you disagree have a Talking Heads moment and ask yourself  “Well… how did I get here”?

If you still disagree you are quite simply beyond redemption.

The late Grand Master Chu Sheung Tin maintained that you do not need to be in contact to use your Chi Sau skills, RUNNING is the foundation of that ability.

Running Palms teaches us to understand when a Force Vector is moving in a direction that is of no threat to us, and as a result we can safely disengage and counter attack, the next step after Running Palms is to understand when a Force Vector is coming towards you, in this case to disengage would be foolish in the extreme so we redirect,this is the basis of early Chi Sau Rolling, if we think that the force Vector is potentially to robust to redirect we stay engaged but remove ourselves off line, a fair few of the moves from the Dummy do just this.

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And this of course develops into the understanding of how force Vectors behave allowing you to reposition prior to any contact.

Using Chi Sau skills without touching.

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W.C.W. 13 – 08 – 2014

10 ASPECTS OF CHI SAU .

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Sigung Tsui and Sifu Fung, sadly reunited.

When my Students and I are playing in the laboratory that is Chi Sau, I find it helpful to have some specific IDEA’S that we are trying to gain further insight to, small pieces of the puzzle to work on independently, often these pieces fit into more than one class or place, have more than open function and that itself is a fruitful area of contemplation, I see them as 10 aspects that we  look to identify.  Most of these aspects are covered by everyday Chi Sau practice, often though Students do not realise the multi faceted potentials of BASIC moves and tend to put them in little boxes, most people do not look beyond the first best answer to a problem, they have the attitude that now that the problem is fixed lets move on to the next problem. Job Done.

Separating the component parts of Chi Sau and treating them as unique exercises can greatly extend your all around understanding of Wing Chun and not just Chi Sau.

Many of the Actions could easily be placed in a different category, and I encourage you to do just that, the value of any CONCEPT is found in how you interpret it.

  1. Asking
  2. Running
  3. Intercepting
  4. Leaking
  5. Destabilising.
  6. Crushing.
  7. Engaging
  8. Evading
  9. Leading
  10. Expelling

ASKING.

Man Sau, the “Asking Hand”, is a way to gather information from our Partner, we can find out the level of our Partners awareness or readiness, we can gauge their “Ability” even their “Intention” simply by connecting to them in such a way that prompts them to react, to answer us.  This “Asking” can be done with the Body moving the Arms.  A perfect example is the presented Palm in Dan Chi Sau.  The first intention is to “ask” if the partner is aware of what you are attempting, to gauge his level of readiness to intercept you et.  The aim is to increase your awareness of your Partners actions, by adopting the Mind Set of ASKING you will automatically pay a lot more attention to what is happening, “you will be actively awaiting an answer”.

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RUNNING.

After presenting Man Sau if you are aware of your Partners Intention, or in Lok Sau if you identify the direction of your Partners force then “Running” is the act of taking yourself off the line of your Partner. In Dan Chi Sau this is often done by simply moving the Arm to avoid the pressure, but it can also be done by completely removing yourself, allowing your Partners force to slip into emptiness.

INTERCEPTING.

If you become aware of your Partners Intention before it is fully realised, for instance again using Dan Chi Sau as an example you feel your Partners Man Sau begin to transition into a Palm Strike, you can prevent it from coming into being, “Intercept the Idea and neutralise the Action”.

LEAKING

Leaking occurs only once the alignment of your Arms is correct, simple movements just seem to fall through your Partners defence, small rotations of the Body cause your Partner to fall away from your structure. You can LEAK through on the inside, or cause your Partner to LEAK through on the outside.

DESTABILISING.

Taking your Partners Balance by shifting his Centre of Gravity, uprooting, twisting or jerking. At first learn how to do this with very small Arm only movements such as Tok Sau, Huen Sau, Kwan Sau, Jut Sau or any favourite, then to really make these aspects dynamic introduce shifting, pivoting even stepping. Disturb with your Arms then Destabilise with your Body.

CRUSHING

Destroying your Partners Structure by applying your own Centre of Gravity in an aggressive manner, dropping your weight into your Arms or simply dropping your weight directly into your partners Centre of Gravity , this is almost the opposite of Destabilising as we use our Partners own Stability to crush him against.  Arms in and down, Body drops, shifts or steps inwards / forwards.

ENGAGING

Gwoh Sau, Pak Sau and Lap Sau techniques whereby you take the initiative to attack, first from a more or less neutral position, later in free play you can Neutralise your Partners attack and Counter Attack.

EVADING

Using Body movement to redirect your Partner, Pivoting, shifting or stepping without changing your Arm shapes. Allow your Partners effort to push you off the line of attack, this will help you understand the nature of Force Vectors, through repeated practice and close observation this can develop the skill of being able to move to the correct place even before contact.

LEADING

A combination of Intercepting, Running and Evading with the intention of deliberately taking your Partners Body Mass away, usually by latching or pressing  Physically leading them into an Obstruction or into Emptiness. 

EXPELLING

A combination of Engaging, Destabilising and Evading, after LEADING once the Partners Balance is broken Throw him or shove him away VIOLENTLY, preferably into something hard.

Many of these “IDEA’S” are present simultaneously in our example techniques and usual practice, breaking them down into separate actions allows us to gain greater control and variety in their use.

I teach Wing Chun from the premise that we have been attacked and are in a disadvantaged position from the onset, EVADING, LEADING, EXPELLING and DESTABILISING are aspects that can allow you to regain the position to bring all the other aspects into play.

Ideas like LEADING and EXPELLING can be viewed as different levels of intensity, having the ability to shift from one to the other on the fly can really keep your Partner / Opponent in a spin making it impossible for them to offer any kind of realistic defence.

Y.M.M.V.

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Form – Formless and Time.

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Some thoughts from todays Solo Training that were prompted by a conversation with a friend on the value of Standing Meditation for the Martial Arts.

You cannot use Time to measure Now!

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You cannot explore the Formless by using a Form!

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Do you truly believe that it makes any difference how long you stand and do the Form, if so why?

Something that happens through the passage of Time is not Now.

 

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W.C.W. 06-08-2014

I am still feeling a bit flat in the wake of the passing of my SiKung, Chu Sheung Tin last week so these are posts from last year.

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Chu Sheung Tin.   1933 - 2014

Chu Sheung Tin.
1933 – 2014

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