Thurs 5/28/15

31 May

This week we’ve had some fun drilling SG 4 material (Hook Punch, Body Punch, and their counters). It’s unique in our curriculum because we initially train it in sequence where each partner has dual roles of boxer and wing chun. We paid particular attention to the ‘uniquely’ wing chun transition from Bounce Punch as it yields into Tan Dar.

Inspired by the ‘pushing down’ of Chi Gerk into the student grades, we added a Jap Gerk Stomp Kick anytime a partner is in Tan Dar. (but not every time!) Naturally, we also trained the kick counters and ‘counter-counters’. Funny how adding kicks always helps check the spread of our stance and weight distribution.

Introduced the updated Escrima footwork and was reminded in short order how exhausting movements are when they are ‘whole body’.

Thurs 5/21/15

22 May

I think we are recovered, as a group, from the grueling footwork, chi gerk, kicking, and counter kick drills from our weekend seminar with Dai Sifu Emin. So, it’s time to tip toe back into those waters!

Student Grades 1-4 worked on ‘rebounding’ from a shove to INSIDE the effective range of non-Wing Chun kicks, to include exploiting the backside of an opponent if they turn their back to set up an attack.

Advanced students worked on familiar Chi Sau attacks but with the addition of kicks, counter kicks, and Chi Gerk.

A terrific technical ‘take away’ from the seminar was an overhaul of what we all thought Kau Sau was. We’ll be revisiting applications of Kau Sau with our new rules for optimal performance. In our system, crossing pressure ‘turns’ our punch arm into a Bong Sau, and a simplified way of thinking of Kau Sau is as an inverted Bong Sau. In application, however, our Kau Saus lacked the torque¬†and¬†sturdiness of other techniques. In short, it was too passive.

The correction is simple and brilliant. Jum and Kau Sau are responses to action under the wrist. We now have torque by making the first move a partial Huen Sau, and even that doesn’t seem entirely accurate…to me it more closely resembles the first downward motion of the Biu Sau wrist motions in the Biu Tse form. To maintain the torque, we MINIMIZE the flare of the elbow. This is proven through the return to punching.