This Seminar will cover all aspects of Chi Sao both Single and Double Hand detailing techniques and applications
Chi Sao – Sticking Hands
Chi sao training develops timing and contact reflexes. Many chi sao techniques do not apply to actual combat, but, through these techniques, the practitioner will develop the fundamental skill of contact reflexes which is the key to victory in combat. The other benefits of chi sao are, close distance coordination, focusing with the eyes, mobility, balance, timing, accuracy, control of the opponent’s balance, and Chi power.
We all know that force has only one direction, but the force developed in chi sao can be interpreted as a force with several dirctions, like a guided missile following its target. This force can only be acquired from proper wing chun chi sao exercises.
In combat, a temporary contact is made with the arms after a block or attack. At this contact point an opponent’s next move can be detected as a transmitted vibration.
There are three possible situations:
The opponent’s force continues in the same direction as he/she follows through with his/her movement;
The opponent’s force stops before going on to another movement;
The opponent’s force retreats to the opposite or other direction.
There are five chi sao drills:
One arm chi sao drills
Two arm chi sao drills
Lop da (grab and strike) drills
Cross arm drills
Parallel arm drills
There are different levels of training in these five stages. At first the movements are predetermined. Later, you progress to random movements. Next will be predetermined movements/techniques while blindfolded. Finally, the techniques will be done spontaneously while blindfolded.
Chi Sao will teach you how to use both sides of your brain. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body and the left side controls the right side. You will learn how to use both arms interdependently. A pianist can play one rhythm/melody with the left hand and another with the right hand. Try rubbing your head with one hand and patting you stomach with the other and vice versa. Now try doing it faster and faster as in a real fight. Get the idea?