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You Can’t Fool Me (A Warning to Myself)

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2013 by ctkwingchun

You’re a Master, a Guro.

That doesn’t sound right, so you’re a Sifu.

No, wait, you’re a Coach because Sifu implies too much.

Now Coach is overused so you’re a Mentor.  You Mentor people in Wing Chun.

You run Chain-Schools.

No, that sounds dirty so you run an organization.

But everyone is allowed to build on their own, so they really aren’t organizations – more like groups.

You don’t do dead drills.

You don’t do sport.

You don’t get all caught up in the Chi Sau.

At least that’s what you tell us.  However, Gung-Fu is about doing, not talking.

And we can all see your ego grow with each year that passes.  Soon you’ll be a pompous ass like what’s-his-nuts.

Chi Sau (Chi Sao); What Is It’s Good For?

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on September 22, 2013 by ctkwingchun

So I got the question this morning – you know the one:

“This is great and all, these drills and Chi Sau, but in order for this to work I need someone else to play with.  Someone on the street isn’t going to Chi Sau with me.”

And as I explained the difference between system and style, she got it.

This isn’t some do-this and do-that martial art.  Some please-line-up-and-be-a-robot approach.  Some copy-your-teacher style.

This is a finger-pointing-back-to-yourself, use-it-as-you-see-fit-according-to-your-personal-expression, personal-growth martial art.

So what’s Chi Sau good for anyway?  Blips in time.  Eat-you-for-lunch centre-of-mass honing.  Stick-it-out-ness.  Thin-slicing.

Or as she put it in the end, “Higher learning.”

*Typo in title for a reason

July 21, 2013

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on July 21, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Shawn B. showed up this morning.

Pak Sau, Tan Sau, Lop Sau and Jum Sau drills.

Bong, Lop, Da drills.

Luk Sau.

Chi Sau.

Magna Carta.

Like Wrestling

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , on September 13, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Comment on the Kung-Fu Tai Chi Facebook site in regards to the Chi Sau competition:

” I noticed that a lot of the Chi Sao this year was just pushing & shoving, without really much bridging/sticking, strikes, lops, or trapping.  What do the other wing chun guys think about how this was handled?”

And a training partner after our last Chi Sau session remarked, “It’s like wrestling.”


Problem: Chi Sau when played lightly at patty-cake speed lends well to, well, patty-cake type movements.  We get to see all sorts of bridging, trapping and striking.  But what happens when both parties turn up the heat at close range knowing full well that they can hurt each other?

Pressure.  Fear.  Control.

Play Fighting

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , on August 24, 2012 by ctkwingchun

This morning I played Siu Nim Tao.

Then I played the other two empty hand forms.

I played the Jong.

I played Chi Sau.

The next time I’m in the gym and get in the ring, I’ll play fighting.


Another Wing Chun Exchange

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by ctkwingchun

During my many attempts to establish a Wing Chun club, I called it Wing Chun Exchange.

I had this vision of exchanging information with anyone and everyone who had a piece of something.

Last Thursday I got together again with Roger of Celtic and Filipino stickfighting.  This time was spent with me showing him the Wing Chun sword form (BJD) to get some feedback.

Roger found a few similarities and I share them here:

– Tan Sau represents a quick deflection with a flattened blade in order to strike again, however the tang on the sword prevented him from doing so when he tried.

– Block with your body – just move your body to move your weapon.

– Cutting while stepping back indicates multiple opponents.

Did some Chi Sau and explained ‘4×4’ Chi Sau (both parties close and finish) and High Energy Chi Sau.

Roger also found it funny how the weapons were taught last – like they were some big secret or Holy Grail.  Thought it would be better to teach them at the beginning because you see the techniques better with a weapon as the motions are larger and more exaggerated.  He even said, “Everything makes so much more sense now.”


Remembering SEF

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , on February 20, 2012 by ctkwingchun
  • Stance – Get lower in your stance, you lazy bastard.
  • Elbow – Get your elbow to the centreline as best you can.  Your wrist on centre and the distance between your elbow and body will make up the difference.
  • Facing – There is a grey area present in facing.  Stance and elbow make up for the inches, but go too far and you’re done for.

Make it yours,

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