The intensity and scope of training increased during the last month; the intensity peaked with additional skill challenges being added as the level of fatigue increased. Everyone stepped up and improved their responses to attacks from “out-of-contact” range.
After the peak in the intensity of training there was a period of consolidation. During this phase of training the focus was on improving mobility, striking efficiency and maintaining structure. Key words for this phase of training are; structure, speed and integration. The next wave of pressure will commence shortly.
The clip below provides tips on Laap Sau and the Bong Sau response during; the laap sau drill, rolling and when “out-of-range”. This action is the basis for entries during chi sau when your partner has strong coverage of the centre but they lack forward intention e.g. they are pushing sideways or are pressing down. Laap sau can be used as a model for attacks on the “outside”, experiment and adapt your attacks and responses to suit your skill level and your opponent.
Keys points for laap sau in rolling:
- Be sure that you have trapped their arms with your pressing hand before you release your other hand to strike.
- When responding; as soon as you sense you have lost the line at the wrist let your elbow take over.
- Only use laap sau when you feel something in your partner’s rolling action is off, don’t simply try it because you want to.
The progression for all chi sau training at the moment is: focus on perfecting poon sau, warm up with the drills from Chi Sau (I) Fundamentals, Chi Sau (ii) and Chi Sau (iii) Paak Sau, gradually increase the intensity of the attacks and progress to Gwoh sau.