Recovery from wrong Bong Sau
Nov 28, 2021
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One of the themes that Chum Kil addresses in the form is the idea of recovering from the wrong Bong Sau. This is important in Wing Chun because Bong Sau by its very nature is a slower and weaker response compared to the other hands of Wing Chun like Pac Sau, Wu Sau, Tan Sau, Bil Sau, etc. The reason is that Bong Sau does not allow one to block and hit at the same time.
A correct Bong Sau would be if someone attacks with his right arm and you Bong Sau with your left or if he attacks with his left arm and you Bong Sau with your right - in both instances it allows you to take the outside line, the safe option. However, a wrong Bong Sau would be if he attacks with his right and you Bong Sau with your right or if he attacks with his left and you Bong Sau with your left - in both instances, you have entered the inside line and gave your opponent a free shot in both the high and low line; this is what is meant as a wrong Bong Sau.
Chum Kil form in the first section introduces some recovery ideas when one made a mistake and use the wrong Bong Sau. Of course, much later in the wooden dummy form, the recovery of mistakes in taking the wrong line will be addressed in
much further detail. It is important for the student to digest the idea of recovery - Bong Sau is just a theme, but one can see the idea of recovery from mistakes in Sil Lim Tau, Chum Kil, Mook Yan Jong, and mostly in the Bil Tze form. This is properly the most neglected idea in Wing Chun, often people get very swell-headed when they
do Wing Chun but life is life and combat is combat. We are humans and humans make mistakes. The founders of Wing Chun acknowledged this and advocated the recovery when one makes a mistake - the admitting of making the mistake and correcting it - no swell head.
This takes this idea farther to its natural conclusion the idea is to know one's own weakness before the opponent does. This is a lifelong study and can be applied to any area, even outside of Martial Arts, indeed it's very very useful. Because it is one of the most neglected concepts of Wing Chun due to the nature of the ego, when it is reminded and used intentively, it is one of the most effective concepts! However, a concept is just a concept, to pull it off in real-time, to make it come to life requires one to know all the progressive drills and training methods. I'd like to invite you to check my video where I talk about it: https://youtu.be/DvTZD_Xudyc