Wing Chun, the martial art which the Ip Man film franchise has made hugely popular, is a southern
system that emphasises on short-range close quarter striking. Originating in the late 1700s, Wing Chun can be considered one of the youngest among the Chinese traditional system.
And it can also be regarded as one of the more acccesible ones, consisting of only 3 empty-hand sequences. And those techniques performed in the forms are undisguised and can be taken at face-value, and applied in practice almost exactly as they are. Without the usual elusive and elaborate dance-like qualities that people would often relate to the majority of other Chinese martial arts.
Chi Sao, the 'Listening Hands' is a frequently used exercise in Wing Chun. And it involves improving your tactile sensitivity via tangling your arms with a partner. And in maintaining constant contact, allowing you to feel your partner's movements of through their arms, to better react to their attacks and return with your own.
In acting, it's often been said, that listening is more important than speaking. And in Chi Sau, it taught me to listen, while remaining constantly aware of the posture, balance and center of both myself and my partner. And most of all, to do it under constant forward pressure, and developing the ability to remain calm, relaxed and aware despite the fact.
What participants can expect:
1) Learning the first form of Wing Chun, and how to apply the concepts in practice.
2) Utilizing the Chi Sao exercise to develop sensitivity and awareness of your partner's motivations, and learning to react reflexively.
3) With progressively increasing intensity of the exercises, to develop one's ability to remain calm and relaxed despite the opposing pressure and force.