In this Kung Fu lesson online Sifu Phu Ngo talks about fighting at 2 different ranges.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both ranges. Ideally you would want to be able to play in both ranges.
When your opponent is further off you have more power to push, however you have less control of your opponent.
When you opponent is closer to you, you have the ability to control your opponent better, however you lose some of your power.
There is a give and take aka balance in everything. Some folks mistake Chi Sao for fighting. Chi Sao is not fighting, it is a way to bridge the gap between training sensitivity and sparring.
Both Chi Sao and sparring can help you prepare for a competition match or fight. One of the most common reason a person loses a fight is because they have an adrenaline dump.
Simply put, they lose their game. What is left is a person who is confused, disoriented and no longer has the desire to keep fighting. Essentially they end up loosing to themselves. We strive to be ‘cool, calm and collected’ under pressure. Training in Chi Sao helps to achieve this.
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