Learn how to use your opponents energy against themselves.
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Wing Chun has three 'bare hand' forms. In these forms many of the principles of Wing Chun are being taught, including certain profound concepts. With these forms we work for instance on out 'Gong Lik' or relaxed strength. We also learn how to relax out body and not to be distracted by our thoughts, which may sound easy but requires a lot of training! The forms are also very important for learning correct positions, footwork and ofcourse a series of techniques.
However, to be able to apply these techniques and principles succesfully when it really matters, Wing Chun has an unique trainingsmethod. This method is called Chi Sau, or sticking hands (see more about Chi Sau on this page).
Wing Chun also has a wooden dummy (Muk Yan Jong) which allows you to fine-tune your positions, footwork and several kicking techniques. Finally there are also 2 weapon forms, namely the '6 and a half point pole' and the 'Baat jam Do' (Wing Chun knives). Training with these will give you stronger arms and legs, good coordination and proper use of energy.
Chi Sau is the practical training of the applications found in the forms. Whilst training with a partner you will develop sensitivity, footwork and timing. Soon you will begin to understand how to use an opponents energy against himself (or herself). Regular practice develops instinctive reactions allowing you to adapt to change without thinking. For succesful self-defence this is essential. Chi Sau is like a game and is not meant to be treated as fighting or sparring. It allows you to develop your skill in a safe environment because you can relax and let go. This is the most important part of Ip Man Wing Chun kung fu, as it teaches you how to apply the skills you are learning in a constantly changing environment.