Wing Chun Chi Sao
Chi Sao or “sticking hands” is a term for the principle and drills used for the development of automatic reflexes upon contact and the idea of “sticking” to the opponent (also known as “sensitivity training“). In reality, the intention is not to “stick” to your opponent at all costs, but rather to protect your centerline while simultaneously attacking your opponent’s centerline, you stick for a split second in order to take away the attack.
In Wing Chun, Chi Sao is practiced by two Wing Chun practitioners maintaining contact with each other’s forearms while executing techniques, thereby training each other to sense changes in body mechanics, pressure, momentum and “feel”. The increased sensitivity gained from this drill helps a practitioner attack and counter an opponent’s movements precisely, quickly, and with appropriate techniques.
Chi Sao is a two person Wing Chun exercise to build reactions and sensitivity and should not get confused as a fighting exercise, you place your Chi Sao into your 12 fighting programmes.