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PostSubject: What is Chi Sao?   What is Chi Sao? EmptyTue Jan 27, 2009 5:54 am

A favorite topic of training of mine. I hope you like it.

What is Chi Sao?

In the Fut Sao Wing Chun system, Chi Sao or Sticking Hands practice is not
treated as simply a drill or sensitivity exercise as performed by some of the
other Wing Chun lineages. In Fut Sao, the practice of Chi Sao, is treated and
is equivalent to close quarter fighting. The skills one learns in Chi Sao practice
will bring the practitioner to a higher level of development in his art. When
one trains in Chi Sao one is not simply practicing a purely physical art but
something that is also energy oriented and spiritual as well. When one
concentrates on drills or applications one can clearly see that the practice
becomes purely a physical and limits development in other areas. As one
progresses in Chi Sao, one comes to realize it is not all about fighting but
rather knowing yourself and your opponent. When one has reached a high level of
proficiency in Chi Sao, the practice of simple drills and applications has
almost no functionality. When practicing Chi Sao at such a high level all
applications become possible. As mentioned earlier, if one just trains applications
and drills he is only training the physical and not the energy side of the art
which has no application yet is contained in all applications.

I hear all the time people say, "if your attacked on the street no one
will Chi Sao you." Of course they will not Chi Sao you as Chi Sao is a
way of training and an attack on your life is another matter. It seems to me
people do not really understand the purpose of Chi Sao training, but something
one has to realize is what one does in ones training is designed to build and
develop real skills which can be applied at will. Chi Sao gives one the means
necessary to reach that level of skill of which I am writing of. When you Chi
Sao with your partner it is more like the testing grounds of an actual fight.
One does not need to pummel your partner into the ground in order to see if
what you've learned has any real value. Chi Sao is about control. If I can
control myself and my partner during Chi Sao training then I know I have
already won and do not need to go any further. In a real fight it will be over
very quick. Once a move has been made it will have already ended and either
I'll have survived or not. There is no playing; there are no points as seen in
Chi Sao competitions.

Another point a lot of people seem to believe is that Chi Sao is merely
"the rolling of the hands". Simply put, Chi Sao is not in the
rolling, the contact point or the ability to always stick to the bridge. This
brings me to another point, that Chi Sao "is not about always sticking or
chasing the hand". It's not, as mentioned earlier it's about
control. Chi Sao is found in any type of attack and the defense that one
deploys in a real fight scenario. Chi Sao does not have to look a certain way.
Again, the essence of Chi Sao is about control. Therefore, if I can control
myself and your actions I'm using Chi Sao. WCK is very much based on
maintaining a bridge which is conducive to Chi Sao training. Chi Sao training
has many advantages over sparring. Most styles practice sparring from a non
bridge non contact point. As sparring is also a good way to test and develop
one's skills it is not the preferred way in Fut Sao Wing Chun system. Since
Wing Chun is about controlled infighting it makes sense to use Chi Sao as a
platform to test ones skills. Staying close and maintaining a bridge has an
advantage over sparring where contact is lost. For a Wing Chun practitioner to
be able to maintain a bridge is to his advantage while to someone like a boxer
it is not. In fighting arts like Muay Thai or Western Boxing the idea of
controlling the bridge is not part of the training, so Chi Sao is not needed
for these types of arts. The advantage when you train with your partner in Chi
Sao is that one does not need to gear-up as it is very safe to train granted
that one has control. In sparring you must gear-up as there is no control and
the idea is to pummel the opponent or score points as in point fighting. In Chi
Sao, if practiced correctly, one can know he could have been hit without
actually being hit. On the other hand, in sparring this is not possible one
must hit the opponent. For beginners, psychologically, sparring can have
negative effects due to the fear of being hit, and can ultimately affect
their confidence and martial arts development.

Sifu Michael Mc Ilwrath
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PostSubject: Re: What is Chi Sao?   What is Chi Sao? EmptySun Feb 08, 2009 1:36 am

Thanks for the post, this Forum could benefit from further Articles and Opinions from such as yours.

Thanks for Posting futsao.

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Your welcome..Glad you liked the article...
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