Someone asks: I've heard that Wing Chun practitioners practice something called chi sau. What is that? What is it good for? Chi Sau (also spelled chi sao) literally translates as "sticky hands". It's traditionally been termed this due to the connected bridge which begins the exercise's rolling hands (poon sau). It's also been identified (or… Continue reading What is Chi Sau?
A young man, attending Indiana State University (here in Terre Haute, Indiana), wrote to me, recently, and asked the following: I used to study Wing Chun before I moved to Terre Haute. . . . I noticed that you just did your Siu Nim Tao form much slower than my Sifu did. . . . … Continue reading Should My Wing Chun Form Go Fast or Slow?
I've mentioned my friend's blog in previous blogs, but I have to mention him again. He's written a new blog, that I think speaks well of a topic we've covered here on my blog-site. I encourage you to read his blog by clicking here. If you've followed my blogs, you know what I'm talking about… Continue reading Learning, Then Mastering, Real Kung Fu
As a Wing Chun practitioner (for over twenty years), I've heard the debates over which is (more) important: learning to become more sensitive to your opponent's force or controlling pressure (either from yourself or others). In this blog, I thought I'd touch on this subject, as I've matured to understand it. When I started in… Continue reading What’s More Important: Learning Sensitivity or Controlling Pressure?
Every so often we get asked a question along this line: Jason, I've never taken kung fu, but have always been interested. How long does it take to get good at it, to master it? The long and short of it is this: It depends on your goals and how much time and effort you… Continue reading How Much Time Will It Take to Master Kung Fu?
Many people, when they think of kung fu, think of exercises that border on supernatural. While some of this has to do with the way kung fu has been branded in the western world, other things come from people's misunderstandings of the principles exercised (making those who accomplish them look supernatural, when, in fact, they… Continue reading Increasing One’s Energy: A Key Ingredient