Paraphrasing a quote from Sam Lau’s website:
If you fry fish on a slow fire, you’ll get a meal worthy of your appetite.
If you try to fry the fish too fast, with a “vigorous fire,” you’ll get a fish superficially fried on the outside but raw on the inside. “So it is the same as your Sifu with finite Kung Fu. Even he has taught you hand in hand for ten years, it is useless.”
Sifu Sam Lau is another Wing Chun master who, like Wong Shun Leung, started training in Western Boxing in Hong Kong and then switched to Wing Chun. He lived near Ip Man in Hong Kong and was placed with Moy Yat for training.
The video below is of a couple of his guys in his school – he is the one with the glasses circling the training session.
In this video, he is interviewed about his school, which has a hostel attached. Apparently, at the time of the video, it cost about $800 a month for a room in their hostel plus training fees. Not bad!
These guys are doing what is also called Gor Sau, which is a pretty unstructured Chi Sao session, in which the two trainees either takes turns or both go at once. What I like about this session is they are competitive yet good-natured. This is always the problem point in training – how do you “sort-of” fight without dangerous competitiveness or angry feelings?
When you leave the kwoon, you are only keeping the skill you developed and the changes in your personality – nobody in the real world will care whether you “won” or “lost” in Chi Sao drills! Chi Sao is a drill which pressure tests your skills for deployment in the real world in life or death situations. Its also a drill which requires that you overcome your ego in order to make significant progress.