Master Tse and Grandmaster Ip Chun

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #1

Relaxed Hands are Dangerous

I remember when I was studying with my Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun, back in 1985 or 86, he told me that his father, Grandmaster Ip Man had said, “In Wing Chun, when you Chi Sau with someone and you don’t feel anything from them, that means his level is high.” At the time I understood what he meant, but I could not do that.

Master Tse and Grandmaster Ip Chun

Master Michael Tse and Grandmaster Ip Chun doing Chi Sau.

Today now I can Chi Sau with someone so that they do not feel anything from me. This is because I can relax. When we are not tense we can feel our opponent move, so it is very good for us. Only I know them, they do not know me. When they make a strike, I can react perfectly, if they do not I can take them by surprise and strike them.

Relaxed hands are dangerous, as Sun Zi says in The Art of War, “Know your enemy and in a hundred wars you will win a hundred times.”

Michael Tse

3 replies
  1. Simon
    Simon says:

    Great article Sigong, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Can’t wait for next weeks Wing Chun notes now, and will be working on being more relaxed in the meantime.

    Thanks & Best wishes, Simon.

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  2. Manuel
    Manuel says:

    Hello Sigong.I know you mean because i can feel it every time i chi sau with you and i get hit everytime.So for the time being i will keep practising to get to you level.
    Thanks Manuel

    Reply
  3. Michael
    Michael says:

    Thanks Sigong,

    It reminds me of Don Corleone in the Godfather when he says “Never let anyone outside the family know what you’re thinking.” !

    See you in class.

    Best regards

    Michael

    Reply

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