How to Do Chi Sau Footwork in Wing Chun

Learn how to do Chi Sau footwork from Sifu Alex Richter in this Howcast Wing Chun video.

Okay, so now we’re going to discuss footwork in Chi Sau. Now of course the topic of footwork is very broad. It’s probably impossible to put all the footwork we could possibly do in Chi Sau into any video format, but what I can do is I can give you guys one chance, one idea of how we use footwork in Chi Sau.

One of the most important things in Wing Chun is to get close to our opponent. Once we get close, we want to stay there. But especially if we want to knock our opponent back, or we want to push our opponent or affect our opponent, it’s very important that we step into their stance, okay? And this concept is known as (?), which basically means to enter into the stance of your opponent. This is specifically designed for people who are smaller and weaker to basically displace their partner.

Now, we do this by stepping into our opponent’s stance. What we want to avoid is what you see sometimes, people get kind of stuck, staying in front of their partner like this. The problem is, unless I step in or I step through my opponent’s stance, I’m not going to be able to really affect them.

So a real simple exercise that you can practice is like this. You start from Pun-Sao, and you’re going to catch the elbow, catch your partner’s arm like this, and we’re going to step in. So if we focus on the feet here; I don’t want to step in front of my partner’s stance, because if I step in front, I can only use the pushing force of my hand, and I’m not really going to be able to bounce him as much as I’d like. So what we’re going to do by using the arrow step is step through, alright? This is what we call (?), we step into the stance of the opponent. That way, when I adduct my back leg, I basically displace him, and move him out of the way. This is only possible if I’m stepping into his stance. If I practice, and I step in front of his stance now, I only have pushing force with my arm. This is what we want to avoid, just hitting with the arm is not what we want. What we want to do is we want to hit with the entire stance. So when I go in, I step in here, and I adduct my back leg, and I launch him away.

And that’s one example of footwork in Chi Sau.