“The idea is that through sensitivity … you’re sensing which direction their energy is moving and you’re going to match that on an opposite angle. You’re never going power against power. You’re going against the side of their initial angle. You’re either switching sides or you’re moving on the inside of that angle depending on the energy or force that they give you. But you don’t want to think about what it is that you’re going to do – the training is about reacting and reflexes.”
My Journey in Wing Chun by Greg LeBlanc
I began my training in Wing Chun quite by accident, and if I had not met Sifu Gary Lam when I did its unlikely I would have ever studied Wing Chun. In 1997 I had the fortune of meeting a student of Sifu Lam’s who invited me to observe a class. At the time I was not particularly interested in Wing Chun but I did have a friend who was in search of a traditional Chinese martial arts teacher, so I invited him along and off we went one Saturday morning to check out the class.
At the time I had been searching for a martial arts teacher who understood how to generate power using the entire body from the ground up (called structure) and could demonstrate that kind of power under pressure. In my past experience training in the martial arts I had encountered several teachers who had the ability to issue power with structure, which is what one of my former Sifu’s had called the “goodies” of Chinese martial arts. The difference I saw in Sifu Lam was the natural ease he had at being able to apply structural power at a precise angle under pressure with direct, relentless attacks.