Basic training of this style consists of following the guiding principles such as sink, like a woven rice strainer;legs must have the ability to leap like a frog and maneuver like a tiger; no T stance and no 8 stance; punch straight from the center line and standing beggar style with open hands. The most important aspect of training is known as two man feeding.
Feeding hands is the constant teaching of feeling and sensitivity, yielding and redirecting incoming power with mantis hand methods and simultaneously striking back with explosive force. Feeding hands is known as 'push hands' in Tai Chi but follows different patterns in Chu Gar with a different emphasis. Feeding hands employs circular movement which appears soft and is generated from the dantien as a pent up spring force all the sudden released with devastating explosive power with impact hard as iron.
When feeding hands the emphasis is to never lose contact of the opponent; as long as you can feel the enemy you can control him; this is known as making a bridge.
Feeding hands trains one to become extremely fast and alive, that is, able to react to the enemy's power. The majority of styles don't have This 'live power' and their power is dead power, that is, once an attack is launched there is no ability to change until completely executed or no ability to react to the enemy's immediate counter power.
This feeding hands includes lower limbs as well. Auxiliary training in the style contains rolling iron bars along the arm 'bridges', using the iron rings along the Forearms, training finger strength by special methods of throwing and grabbing sandbags, and use of a medicine ball to strengthen the whole body.
Everyone I have seen do push hands apart from in Yong Chun balances the forces. i.e. for most systems the name of the game is to keep a continuity of pressure at the point of contact - whether you are doing sensitivity drills in Tai Chi or Wing Chun, or power drills in Okinawan karate or Hung Gar.
However this is not the aim of our push hands!!.
martin watts wrote:Well.....complex!!....easy to write a lot of words, but it is not really that clear in my mind....
- I know this as I have writing 2 long replies to this email and then deleted them as being not relevant , or just rubbish!! and now my time is up and I have to cook dinner for the kids.
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