Chi Sau looks so look it has to be practical!
Any drills where you’re under friendly fire (from your partner, one other guy, or even a group of people) and try to perform basic techniques or combinations.
Drills like aquilav’s aforementioned, where you’re playing with tempo and explosion.
All kinds of transition drills.
Although not a drill, I can’t stress enough slow and light sparring sessions. Doesn’t have to be slow motion, just a tad slower/easier.
I was really expecting to get flamed to oblivion for my answers…appreciate the wider perspective guys!
Schwarz—That is a REALLY good demonstration. Only thing is his opponent just seems miles below his level. Not sure if he’s just that good, or was just doing it for the demonstration purposes.
Regardless, that’s one reason chi sau is so freaking awesome. It’s basically training to just worm your arms and feet through someone’s defenses at will.
My old sifu was a long-time disciple of Ho Kam Ming (for those of you who know wing chun, that’s…uh, awesome, since HKM is widely considered the best student of Yip Man). He demonstrated an amazing kinesthetic ability by doing some chi-sau demonstrations blindfolded… with his son.
Who was an assistant teacher at my school. Used to also do push hands on one foot to demonstrate the importance of balance. That was infuriating :).
Like I said, not free sparring, but it develops lightning fast angle switches and “at touch” feeling. Only downside is, of course, it’s all done “at touch” and there’s no closing of distance or entrance like there would be in a regular fight.
Well, that and the fact that it’s mostly hands (My old sifu did say there was a variation with feet as well, but he never demonstrated it to me. I never got to that level)