In order to grow as a martial artist it’s important to keep going back to the beginning. In this article, we are going to talk about wing chun basics. Specifically the Pak Sao.
I often tell my students that in most cases I can get my business done with simple techniques like pak dars, lop sao, etc.
The reason is that I have spent countless hours practicing and perfecting these techniques. As simple as they are to perform it can take many years of training to use these techniques effectively.
Why We Don’t Neglect The Wing Chun Basics
If we take Wing Chun as a whole there really aren’t many parts to the system. After all, there are only 3 forms and from those forms, we find an arsenal of counter-offensive techniques. I am not sure how many people I have taught over the years but I am sure it’s in the hundreds and I am sure even more for Sifu Phu.
Because of being blessed to have a chance to train with many people, it has also been an opportunity for me to continue going over my basics. Every time I teach a student how to pak sao, it just enforces to me how to do an effective pak sao.
At first, it seems like using these techniques is difficult, however over time with practice they become second nature. And that my friend is the key. I remember when I first started learning Wing Chun, everything to me seemed very difficult.
In fact, I use to worry that I would never get “IT”. I did though get “IT”. The main reason why I got it was that I have always been focused on the basics.
The Heart Of Wing Chun
As Wing Chun practitioners, our goal is to keep it as simple as possible. In our case, less is more. In real combat, we don’t have too much time to think about what to do. So it’s always best to keep things simple. It doesn’t get much more simple than using pak sao (slap block).
While it is a deflection you can also use the technique offensively as part of jutting or weapon striking.
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