“When fighting, your opponent will be free to move how he likes, he will not think as you do. Hence your movements will be determined by his actions. If your intentions are to hit your opponent above all else, then you may over commit yourself or allow your opponent to attack you easily. It is far better to allow your opponent to guide you during the fight, to show you how to hit him.”
Wong Shun Leung
Sifu Greg LeBlanc in a brief lesson with Chris Hayes assisting.
Chris, a graphic designer out of SF, has been one of my regular training partners for many years.
For those interested, this is a peek into our school and a good example of the sort of lesson we would get before breaking into pairs to try out a drill which exemplifies some aspect of this concept. We learn various skills one at a time (stepping, punching, turning) and then they all come together in an action like this, where Greg finds/creates a gap and punches through it into the opponent’s head, bringing his body (and its weight) along to lend power and ground to the action.
A Chi Sao session in which Sifu LeBlanc demos these concepts in action.