15-16th of May - Hungary - Leung Ting Wing Tsun seminary
It was kind of a small event after the Grandmaster's seminary a month ago. 100 people, and Chi Sao. What chi sao means, youtube it up. So what was the curriculum? A section required for the second master exam. Half a minute to "run over" it, a couple of years to master.
I think a proper result would be:
My partner and I agreed to put stress on the opening of the section - on the first 2 moves and did just that. Before or after one of the masters came and instructed us hand to hand what was amiss. Starting with stance, basic forces and all. They were "good" till then but suddenly turned inadequate.
The technical problem? Circling around your held down (not grabbed) hand, thrusting it forward to supress the attack of a guy stepping in (who has momentum while you are standing in place). One thing to say that we start in hand contact, but the attack comes surprisingly fast, since our hands are loose. The other thing is that you should maintain your stance while doing that preemtpive strike. Also you have to free your other hand and twist the attacker's punching hand as soon as possible. All this would happen in a second. Less than a second.
So we did as we were told trying to figure out how to reproduce it with no success. As I repeat the "what" part was clear. And then came a second master and instructed us hand to hand. Surprisingly we could not figure out how to pull our hand out that fast and maintain stance. But we tried for 20 minutes.
Later that day our own master found us and did the drill all over. I mean all over. From stance to forces and all. Yes, we both know stance is the most important, but it is really hard to maintain it "that way" for more than 3hours.
And tomorrow finds me on the way to vacation and there comes a harder fight. Namely remembering all that I learned (cleaning what I wrote down) and then requiring my partner again to start working on those damn first two moves!!!