The Sao Chui is a powerful strike that cuts through the air in a wide arc.
This means that if improperly used you will inadvertently open up your space to an attack.
So more than ever you must have a good grasp of the fundamentals in order to use Sao Chui.
This is because the wide movement can cause you to lose your balance if you miss.
We also need to look into how to set up the strike quickly and issue power even at a closer range to reduce the striking time.
Because Sao Chui requires a bigger movement this means that you will never be as fast as a linear strike such as the Yum Chui.
So in order to use Sao Chui you will need to investigate how to minimize this weakness.
I introduced a new exercise today to develop diagonal striking power.
We can jazz up this exercise by using a tool that we can get from the hardware store.
Below is an example of how this exercise can be applied as a strike.
In today’s Zoom lesson I explained a bit more about the arm looseness exercises that I had introduced in a previous lesson.
In this particular exercise if we keep practicing and working on relaxing the arm we can move the arm like a chain.
When your arm is like a chain you can use the shoulder, elbow or wrist to strike.
Yum Chui is the first strike we learn.
Yum Chui is likened to releasing an arrow. How to do this is a combination of using body rotation and legs springing to generate the quick release action.
This arm swinging exercise involves the use of minor body rotation while opening and closing the arms quickly.
This is one of the warm up exercises we do to loosen up the arms while training the ability to hit quickly and with power.
This is the use of body sway in forward / backward direction to generate horizontal power.
This is used in our Wang Chui.Think of it as a halberd cutting horizontally.
Free Sao Chui swinging here.
We train Sao Chui this way in order to generate a strong knockout power.
Imagine a conditioned forearm that swings like a base bat aimed at your head.
While I am not at the level of Master Leong this gives an idea of the potential power of this strike.
Doing some arm swinging before the start of today’s SKD class. Some might think there’s dantian rotation, this internal and that internal.
However, these are simple body mechanics involving body rotation while relaxing the arms until they feel like a rope with stones (fists) at the other end.
Pao Chui in application can seem like a madman running through the street.
Pao Chui is a useful technique for developing rapid swinging strikes powered by small body movements.
Master Leong said Pao Chui is like the arm movements of a roller skater.