Chi Sao Drills

One of the purposes of a website is to provide a visible face for your business or message. This is true for this website, KDA Wing Chun. However, this website serves a greater purpose – to help disseminate information to KDA Wing Chun students and other Wing Chun aficionados.

There is a lot of good information out there. Some of it is available only on Social Networks, such as Facebook – not out of some privacy consideration, though that sometimes is the case, but usually because of simple ease of use. However, some folk are not on social networks. While that may seem out of step these days, some people prefer to avoid them, and some are almost required to avoid them for employment reasons. For that reason, one of the things I try to do with the KDA Wing Chun website is to make that information available, when it is not under a privacy restriction.

Below is a video provided on Facebook from the Jeffrey Alexander School of Martial Arts (JASMA). The video features Jef Sutherland (Sifu) demonstrating various drills to help the student with Chi Sao.

TAO - Training Assistance OnlineThese drills follow a similar pattern to the drills I learned from Sifu Francis Fong. Rather than recreating the video, I felt it was beneficial for students and others to see similar concepts from another individual.

In training at KDA Wing Chun, when working these drills, we work transitions – right to left, and switching (partner to partner), so both individuals work both sides of the drill from both hands. Switching is displayed in this video. At times right to left / left to right is displayed, but not always.

A long term goal for the student is to be able to change between any of these drills, not only right to left and switching, but from one drill to another. In all cases, there is a Bong Sao. This is a good point to key on – it is an ideal time to change to another drill, as all the drills include Bong Sao.

Thanks to Jef Sutherland for making this video. Enjoy…


About Sifu

I teach Wing Chun, both traditional and practical, at KDA Karate Academy. I have a Bachelor of Media Arts degree from USC. I have been an Audio Producer / Engineer, a Law Office Manager. In addition to being a Martial Arts Instructor, I am an author. My new book, “Astro Boy, Sensei, and Me” is available now, as is my Sci-Fi joy ride, “On a Sphere’s Edge”.

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