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Has your Chi Sau become, well, a bit of a struggle?

Perhaps it's time for a lesson from Miyamoto Musashi.

"Do not permit yourself to lose your composure.

Do not permit the enemy to separate from you.

Do not permit yourself to grapple with the enemy,

for this becomes a contest of strength and may prevent you

from performing with conviction to slay the enemy with one strike."

Now memorize this Ving Chun maxim

"Stay as he comes, follow as he retreats; rush in upon loss of contact."

As you are aware, Single Sticking Hands should best be practiced by the student for a time prior to commencing Double Sticking Hands.


However teaching SSH is also a good opportunity for the Instructor to revise their own basic skills. It is a very useful toolkit.


For the more senior students who may have a persistent problem area in their DSH, take the opportunity to instruct them again in the basics through SSH revision, perhaps by breaking it down into one of its many components.

It may be as simple as making subtle adjustments to the positioning &/or angling of the Tahn Sau, Bong Sau, and Fook Sau; or, how to flow into the Jum Sau and from there into the punch; or perhaps to develop power in the punch or use the punch to help the partner develop her Tahn-Bong; or how to open the center-line with Tahn Sau and initiate the Palm-Strike.


It may also be the venue for working on sensitivity, relaxation and fluidity of movement. I have even used it to help a student develop her total body co-ordination, posture, and structure.


Work on just one skill at a time - or multiple skills. You may have other reasons for revising Single Sticking Hands - train "in the moment" to suit the needs of the student.


And remember - good things never change! Listen carefully as Sifu Beau guides an Earle's Academy student through SSH during a Christchurch workshop in December of 1986! Note the brief adjustment Sifu Beau makes to Kate's shoulder as he tries to get her to relax the pectoral and deltoid muscles, freeing up the shoulder joint!

Perhaps this brings back memories of a more recent workshop?

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