Principles are more important than blind learning.
When we understand how to move we can apply the principles to improve the way we move.
For example, when I learned how to do Biu Jee I wasn’t taught how to flow. It was only until I met my final Wing Chun teacher from an older style that I learned how to move better.
Applying an improved understanding can enable me to do the movements of the Biu Jee form in a more alive, dynamic, soft manner while delivering power.
The techniques of SKD can be used to play pushing hands.
However, we are not playing the type of shoving type of push hands that is commonly seen today.
Instead, we treat push hands as a platform to train our hands to move, to execute the strategies that we are reviewing.
Explanation on how we can move from the long to mid range in SKD.
To understand this easier we have a basic training using 4 movements to handle the long range and 6 movements to control the medium range.
I call the first sequence of bridge control 6-Blocks because it is easy to say and also because it has 6 core sequential movements.
In this video I offer a quick explanation of why we learn 6-blocks and how to use it.
Having a relaxed wrist is essential if you are going to use contact as part of your strategy.
In SKD we learn a simple 4-movement exercise to train the wrist to be relaxed.
It takes but 1-2 weeks of daily training to get it. Once you acquire the knack of relaxing you will find that your hand can stick to your training partner’s bridge like a post-it-note.
Part of a discussion on how to train softness of the hands in SKD.
This type of training can enable anyone to attain softness in a matter of days, or at worst weeks. All it requires is commitment to train daily.
We can also learn lessons in being quick on the feet and being elusive from the use of the butterfly knives.
Useful lessons in moving the body can be extracted from how we handle the long pole. Shown here are a few moves from Master Leong’s long pole form.
Today’s SKD session focussed on refining the Yum Chui. This meant we not just looked at the basic processes but also deeper into how we can use the principles of physics.
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.