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WING CHUN WEDNESDAY: LAP SAU – LATCHES AND REALITY.


 

A complete no-no in Wing Chun is to defend with both arms, all Lap Sau is performed with both arms, all Fook Sau latches are performed with both arms, all Chi Sau is performed with both arms.

 

A major aspect of Chi Sau is the use of latches or Lap Sau, pretty much everything in Chi Sau is achieved through some application of a Lap Sau, but where does Lap Sau belong in the grand scheme?

If we are using a Lap Sau it should be obvious that something has gone wrong from the view point of effective and efficient Wing Chun, for whatever reason were not able to apply simultaneous attack and defence and then follow up with relentless striking, Wing Chun’s first choice of action.

Always.

The most likely scenario would be that we have been surprised and reacted in a manner that we would not use if the choice was our own, if we look at the Lap Sau drill in Chi Sau it is performed from a high Lan Sau position, the Lan Sau or Bar Arm is a hard block, Wing Chun does not employ hard blocking so it is safe to think that this is a position we have found ourselves in and not one we chose.

Trying to use a simulation of the rolling Lan Sau through Lap Sau and Strike is very poor Wing Chun and should be abandoned immediately.

It is Bogus Wing Chun.

The easiest way to tell if what we are doing is an exercise to explore and IDEA or an application that we could cut and paste is to ask ourselves “What would need to happen for me to be in this position”?  Asking this question can help us evaluate the IDEA, and hopefully come up with some thoughts on where to use it.

Asking how did I get here makes it pretty obvious that all of Chi Sau is just an exercise to explore IDEAS and not in any way truly applicable, apart from anything else why would the Bad Guy stand square in front of us? 

A complete no-no in Wing Chun is to defend with both arms, all Lap Sau is performed with both arms, all Fook Sau latches are performed with both arms, all Chi Sau is performed with both arms.

 

 

We need to discover where the latches we train in Chi Sau can be used in open situations, against people that do not stand where we want them to stand. 

 

 

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