CHI SAO

 

Wing chun kung fu

 

Chi Sao is specialized methods that develops the touch reflexes, the coordination of the arms and the legs, improves the balance, teaches the student to focus his sight in very short distance and develops the chi. Chi Sao benefits also include better footwork and better striking precision. It also trains the student to control his opponent's balance using the part of the body that is in contact with. Although Chi Sao is not a substitute for fighting, the understanding and application of the force and the techniques that are gained through this method of training are substantial and quite useful for an actual fight. I Chi Sao the point of contact may be one or more. The student learns to direct his chi from the point of contact to the centerline of the opponent where his vital organs are. To develop chi, one must continuingly practice Shil lim tao. The time needed for the eye to see and for the mind to intrepid and to react is approximately 0.2 seconds. A Wing Chun punch needs 0.11 seconds to reach its target and a circle punch needs 0.14 sec at very close range. It is almost impossible for the defender to react. Wing Chun not only uses the method of focusing on the elbow of the opponent but also uses the touch reflexes which can lower the time needed to react to 0.05 sec which is enough for the defender to defend.


Chi Sao Drills 
A) The eyes of the students are open

1) Static exercise
- Parallel stance using one arm 
- Parallel stance using both arms
2) Dynamic exercise
- Crossed hands in frontal stance
- Non-crossed hands in frontal stance

 

 

Parallel stance using one arm

Parallel stance using both arms

Crossed hands in frontal stance 

Non-crossed hands in frontal stance 


Β) The eyes of one student are closed
1 Static exercise
- Parallel stance using one arm
- Parallel stance using both arms

2 Dynamic exercise
- Crossed hands in frontal stance
- Non-crossed hands in frontal stance

The eyes of one student are closed


CHI SAO BENEFITS

•Development of touch reflexes

•Development of hands-feet movement at the point of contact

•Development of eye focusing in short distance

•Direction of chi from the point of contact to the opponent's centerline

•Development of speed, coordination, timing

•Training of movement to the blind side

•Development of footwork 

 

 

 

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