Chi Sau (v) Laap sau (ii)

Training for 2013 kicked off with a flying start on January 8th. This has been the busiest start to a new year that I can remember. We’ve had an influx of new students along with the return of some familiar faces resulting in training sessions have been packed and pumping.

The training agenda for 2013 is centred on speed and power. Every drill and every session will be geared towards that end. This means the intensity of training will be at the higher end of the scale and you will need to take appropriate breaks during and between drills. The change in mindset required is to think of yourself as a sprinter training to go faster instead an endurance athlete training to go further.

The training approach to develop speed and power can be put into 3 groups:

  • Perfecting structures and techniques (form & application)
  • Specific drills that improve your ability to use ground-power  develop waist power & speed up your Ving Tsun skills, and
  • Ancillary training

Training in January continued to build on the foundations that we worked on in the last three months of 2012. The drills focused on perfecting structure (covering ground power and waist power), & relaxation to improve speed and power. Everyone who has been able to make it to training regularly has made significant progress. February will be about taking the gains you’ve made this month and applying them to other aspects of Ving Tsun.

See the clip below for another installment of the series on Chi Sau entries and counters. Laap Sau (ii) commonly referred to as ‘under laap’. You can use this entry when your opponent over commits with their ‘fook sau’ but you need to be very careful in your usage of this entry as it is very easy to counter if you misapply it.