The Tai Chi in SKD

Here I am explaining a countering movement found in Sao Chui.

This counter is derived from the hook hand movement from Single Whip.

If you learn the form normally you might not see this connection due to the timing of how this movement is taught.

It is when we change the timing that this appliction becomes obvious.

SKD Short Talk on Wing Chun Dummy

SKD is designed around the principles I learned from different styles.

We learn the techniques of Master Leong’s Pok Khek Kuen first because they are easier to pick up, relatively anyway.

However, despite seemingly looking like external techniques we do pay attention to the “internal” principles.

Today I decided we should pay more attention to getting the technical part correct otherwise the neutralizing, or blocking to use an easier word to say, will not work as well as it should be.

I used the Wing Chun wooden dummy to explain about the principles involved in neutralizing.

The short talk began with an explanation on how to actually use the dummy instead of banging away at it as is commonly seen today.

More detailed covereage of these principles are in my eBooks “The Ip Man Questions : Kicks, power & strategies in the martial art of Wing Chun” and “2 Dots : Six Learning Steps for Mastering Wing Chun’s Kicking Model“.

Since I am not teaching Wing Chun anymore I may teach parts of the 2 Dots learning model in SKD as part of our plug and play module.

SKD S7 Understanding 6-Blocks

Just because we limit our learning to 6 basic blocks does not mean we are restricted.

Restriction is sometimes a matter of perspective. If you have less then you are forced to innovate to do more with less.

In this way you actually learn more indepth about how you can use each block.

Once we can remember the sequence of the 6-blocks we learn to do them smoothly. Then we keep on practicing until we can do them in whichever order we want to do them.

The next part of the learning is to add in a strike following each strike.

When you can respond faster then you strike as you block.

SKD S7 6-Blocks

This is an explanation on how to use the 6 basic blocks in SKD.

When learning how to use the 6 basic blocks we would need to examine what striking attacks are typically used so that we know whether the 6 blocks are sufficient or we can adapt what we have to fit the attack.

And sometimes the purpose of learning 6-Blocks is not to just teach you how to block…….

SKD S7 Sweeping Strike

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.

Ad-Lib Swings 2

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.