Soft Style Sensitivity Drills
Partners in natural stance
Yang, minimize contact to escape
• Attacker’s left hand grabs your right wrist.
• Sink down slightly, pivoting on right foot, left foot circles behind in tenkan while simultaneouly rotating right wrist. Wrist rotates inward as fingers and thumb draw upward and toward forearm while sinking elbow downward toward attacker’s body, minimizing surface area contact between attacker’s hand and your wrist.
Note: your wristbone on little finger side should initiate the escape. You should slowly escape from attacker’s grasp one finger at a time. Relax your shoulders, breathe and coordinate timing of wrist rotation and tenkan to understand principle of escape.
Partners in natural/inward stance.
Right hand moves clockwise.
Left hand moves counterclockwise.
• Attacker’s left hand grabs your right wrist (your hand palm down). Your fingers, thumb, and palm make contact with inside of attacker’s forearm and move upward and over attacker’s forearm.
• Your hand wraps and maintains constant contact and forward pressure as it “sticks” and circles the forearm, as if pushing all the way through toward the elbow.
• Repeat one side then the other side before doing both arms.
• Advanced: turn upper body and push/pull arms.
• Applications: circular arm throw, over the neck throw, trapping arm.
Right hand moves counterclockwise.
Left hand moves clockwise.
• Lift your fingers upward (palm up) outside of attacker’s forearm and continue to circle (similar to pressing arm). Do one arm, then other arm, then both arms together. Press attacker’s arm against their body as you push other arm into forearm.
• Applications: Sukui nage, over the neck
Apply one arm over/under and the other arm under/over with same principle of twisting upper body. Keep hands opened, not clenched or grabbing and let energy flow through your fingers. Use the centerline principle to trap and wrap partners arms using high, middle and low follow-up techniques.
• Applications: Tenchi nage, over the neck
Note: Do the above techniques with fluidity and a “rooting down” principle. Advanced level should be moving 3-dimensionally as hands flow and feet advance forward (irimi) or pivoting back (tenkan). Let hands roll over attacker’s hands like “water flowing around a rock.”
Traditional Chi Sao Drills and Exercises
Single-Arm Chi Sao
A: Tan sao (left) (1).
B: Horizontal fook sao (right).
A: Tan sao into palm strike to body .
B: sink down fook sao into jut sao (2).
B: Vertical punch to face.
A: Rolls into a bong sao (3).
A: Bong sao rolls over and pulls inward, then pushes forward into tan sao.
B: Turns back into horizontal fook sao.
Repeat and continue.
Double-Armed Chi Sao
One person with left tan sao and right extended fook sao, other person with left bong sao and right horizontal fook sao. Both people in short inward stance with relaxed shoulders.
A: Left tan sao/right extended fook sao.
B: Right horizontal fook sao/left bong sao.
A: tries to punch/strike with fook sao.
B: turns bong sao into trapping A’s forearm, crossing center line into elbow (repeat).
A: Pushes vertical fook sao across bong sao while simultaneously bringing tan sao across and resting on outside of…
B: Bong sao and then pushing into jut sao with trapping both hands (repeat).
A: Strikes fook sao as…
B: Bong sao turns into tan sao.
B: Strikes fook sao (other hand) as…
A: Tan sao turns into bong sao.
Repeat process, first one side at a time then doing both simultaneously. Both partners should end with the traditional chi sao setup.