Master Tse’s Wing Chun Note #207
Rolling slowly in Chī Sáu 黐手
If somebody likes to roll slowly in their Chi Sáu 黐手 it can mean they are very good and have very good sensitivity. Anybody who has good skill usually rolls more slowly because they want to find out where their opponent’s energy is and whether they are strong or soft so that they can use it.
If they find their opponents hands are very strong they might step to the side to change the angle. Then their opponent’s Tāan Sáu 攤手 will not be at their centre If the opponent’s hands are soft they can go into the centre with a Tāan Sáu and their Bóng Sáu 膀手, they both will be a little bit stronger, but the Fuhk Sáu 伏手 will be soft.
Once we know the opponent’s energy we can use it to attack that or take advantage. If our opponent rolls slowly then we also need to move slowly so that we can feel their energy better and respond in the right way. However beginners will also roll slowly so we need to know whether they are beginners or high level when they are rolling slowly and we should know this once we touch their hands.
If they are high level and they roll slowly the way to handle that is to roll quickly and attack quickly. This means if they roll slowly we roll quickly in order to make them miss the feeling of the hands and when we’re all quickly might give you a chance, then we can attack.
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