Kung Fu

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For me, Wing Chun kung fu is the style of choice. What’s so great about Wing Chun kung fu, besides the fact the legendary Bruce Lee mastered this style and morphed it into one of his own? It teaches one to build strength within defensive and offensive techniques through small movements; all while being extremely relaxed. This style of kung fu, teaches how one can defend themselves in a small confined space such as an elevator or hallway. Just like most other martial arts, learning how to punch and kick is the easy part. Applying the right form, footwork, and attention to detail is detrimental when learning Wing Chun. Within the Wing Chun practice, there is an exercise called chi sau, which is a major crucial ingredient in the Wing Chun formula. Chi sau, which is also referred to as “sticky-hands”, helps build flexibility induced with power, all while being in a calm relaxed state. Most would say it takes two people to practice chi sau effectively, due to the needed partnership when administering the chi sau drills and the exchange of energy while rolling the wrists. A good chi sau practitioner is always hunting for a formidable adversary to engage in an exchange of skill and wit. The better the adversary the more one can gain from the practice. They say it’s better to train with someone better than you so the mind can be forced to make the extra effort, and when it comes to Wing Chun, continuing to make the extra effort is all that it takes in becoming a Master.