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A Lesson In Chi Sao


A Lesson In Chi Sao

Chi Sao is an
instrumental tool in the development of Wing Chun. The intent during the
practice of chi sao is not to see how many times you can whack
your opponent in the face or the chest. The intent is to try and learn
to produce and dispel energy through the utilization of proper
technique, while maintaining the mindset of simultaneous block and
defense through continuous attack and defense. 


Competitive Chi Sao has a tendency to
develop a few sets of “favorite” attacking patterns, and spends little
time on developing new strategies or working on defense.  This goes
completely against the true purpose of Wing Chun which is to free the
student of predetermined patterns and techniques.  A good Wing Chun
fighter is to react only to what he feels and sees, not enter with
prearranged attacks. 


Chi Sao is about
developing the mind of the fighter through utilization of reflex
movements of the body.  The real test of chi sao is about what happens
after the first 5 to 10 minutes. During that time both Chi Sao
practitioners have had time to feel out each others energy, techniques,
etc. This is when real Chi Sao begins, because the remaining
session will be about exploiting your opponent’s energy. The true
ability of the practitioners will be realized by the end of a session
when one easily dominates the other and will do so again and again each
subsequent time they touch hands. Once you learn to control someone’s
energy, they can’t touch you again until they improve their own.