I had 10 minutes. I came prepared.
10 minutes to get changed.
9 minutes to get to the park.
8 minutes to get my 100 burpees done.
3 minutes to get back to the clinic.
2 minutes to get dressed.
1 minute to write this post.
It’s show time.
“One of my biggest struggles with learning the art of Wing Chun is getting in touch with my anger. When it comes to the skills we are learning the point is to be able to, as a woman, stay safe and have some tools to defend ourselves. Getting in touch with that rage is going to come in really handy when some jerk is approaching with less than honorable intentions.”
the teaching method is a layered one designed to introduce a person to increased levels of resistance and psychological and physical torment. in my experience, this is the best way to teach good habits.
once you start recognising patterns in what we do, you’ll see those patterns repeated again and again. ultimately, what i do is simple, but it requires a lot of initial effort both physically and intellectually.
recognize patterns; the way you grab a wrist (lap sau – grabbing hand) is mirrored in the way that you would, for instance, grab and pull a neck.
we worked a drill to take the inside/dominant position of a double handed neck grab/tie and added knees as an attack.
when playing the game of tag, orient your hands forwards to create a barrier or ‘fence’ between you and your opponent.
we introduced the push into sticking hands (chi sao). remember to grab and cover the opponents wing arm (bong sau) and then extend your dispersing hand (tan sau) to uproot at the neck. keep your elbows in to ensure a sound structural attack position.
use an overhand grip.
conceptually, we introduced the idea of following the contour of a persons face with your hand to allow your thumb to pierce their eye (fish hook). the eye is an excellent soft tissue target and your job is to penetrate the socket of the eye, deeply and decisively.
as it is impossible to train this with realism kindly do the following mind-setting exercise; close your eyes in a relaxed place and allow your mind to imagine the following scenario;
imagine that you find yourself somewhere where you have been confronted by a man on the attack. you can see him now, like a dark silhouette. although you try to see his face, it is darkened and shadowed so you dont get a clear look. you know that he is heavy set and bigger than you. imagine that he has grabbed your hair or perhaps he has hit you already and you are quickly recovering from being disoriented. although you cant see his face in detail, you picture yourself clearly fighting back now. your hand finds its way to his face and with aggression you push your thumb deep into his eye. aggressively you attack him back and when you create the opportunity, you escape now.
we also introduced the idea of ‘anchoring’ yourself if you are grabbed by, for example your hair.
we worked our various punches which you are all familiar with by now.
we went over the first part of the first form called Siu Nim Tao ‘the small idea’.
***the following are key excerpts from an article (link below) worth reading in its entirety;