Archive for July, 2009

Dan Chi Sau: Tan, Poke, Bong vs. Fok, Jum, Punch

Luk Sau trying to perfect the proper structure and the rhythm.


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I’m working the crew up to Dan Chi Sau.  Looks like I might not have to stress about them getting the Luk Sau down before the seminar at the end of August.  Everyone is getting the idea quite quickly.  I’m so stoked to work with everyone because they’re totally putting the pieces together.

We took the 1.5 hours and we went over a few new pieces.  First was how to use a Fok Sau and why to use a Fok Sau.  Like most things in WC, tools are for post-contact scenarios.  If there’s no contact, you should be: HITTING!  I like to use a Subduing Hand when I’m on top of my opponent’s bridge and they try to strike.

Next was Huen Sau.  I first show this from going from outside to inside.  I break the Huen into two steps.  First step is to point the fingers towards the sky.  Second step is the chop down with the fifth metacarpal (pinky bone) while hinging at the elbow and then finishing with a flick of the fingers outward all in one motion.  Most beginners don’t put their fingers to the sky, so they lack the momentum to complete the motion.  Also, a lot of people flair their elbow instead of hinging the forearm down to complete the chop.

Last was the usage of Bong Sau.  Again, I think of Bong Sau as either a transitional movement from inside to outside or outside to inside, but moreover when my hand is below my opponent’s bridge and they strike.  I also see the Bong as a the ‘Oh Shit’ movement where I might duck and throw up my elbow.  Finally, I think in pre-contact scenarios, Wing Chun tools are situational.  If my hands are up already, a Pak Sau would work against a high strike…but if my hands are down, a Tan or Go Bong would be better.  If I’m attacked to the abdomen and my hands are up, Gan Sau…but if my hands are down, Dai Bong is best.  It all depends on where my elbow is in relation to my opponents intent.

Note: Sometimes a WC tool comes out as a block and that’s okay.  But I think that a WC practitioner should be attacking in the first motion of defense.  If not, immediately after a bridge has been made (the bridging should attack the opponent’s structure).  I guess I’m writing this to clear up any misconceptions that Wing Chun has ‘blocks.’  It doesn’t block – it attacks.  Boxing doesn’t block, it attacks.

Luk Sau.  (Three Seeds: Tan, Fok, Bong)

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Yesterday morning:

Dummy warm up, 15 mins on heavy bag, then 100m sprints.

Haven’t ran them in a few weeks and was worried my time would be slow.  Either I’m doing something right or my thumb is faster on the stopwatch, but I was faster by a hair.

Could have also been my son cheering me on, too!

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‘Nuff Said

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Step. And Punch.

Sometimes you have to punch with the same hand twice.

Punching in 5’s drill that I got from my TWC days.  Then took the drill outside and applied the back-stance shuffle-step to it.  It’s a good drill because it gets both partners working on their footwork and gives them a chance to punch with either hand with the same foot out in front.  I don’t believe in any hard-fast-set-rules like: “If the left foot is out, you must always punch with the left hand.”  Both sides, all day, every day.

Battle punch.  Biu Kwan to Jut.

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Pak Da, Tan Da and Gan Da in threes so that beginners could get the timing:

Pak Sau, Pak Sau, Pak Da with step.  My Sifu said that some people do Wing Chun to a metronome.  I agree that they would because striking on the half beat is a good thing.  This basic stuff really gets the brain on overdrive where it has to do two, three or more things at the same time when it comes to body movement.

Seminar is coming up between Halifax Wing Chun and my club at the end of August.  The beginners aren’t ready for some of the material I will be presenting, so I threw them into the fire last night with Luk Sau so that they’ll be prepared.

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Family Reunion

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