WING CHUN TRAINING QUESTION: Does Weightlifting Keep You From Being Relaxed During Chi Sao?

ABOUT THIS VIDEO: Many years ago, I was attending my Wing Chun class when Sifu asked how I'd been lately. I told him I was happy because I got back into working out, and I was determined to stick with it, to get into better shape and get the six-pack abs I always wanted.

Instead of congratulating me on making the commitment to being healthy, he gave me a funny look. Then Sifu said, "You need to be careful with that, Steve. Otherwise you'll wind up being too tense all the time. You won't be able to do Chi Sao properly."

If you think that sounds odd...well, it did to me too. However, he is not alone in this opinion. Not only have I heard it from other people I know, but I even read it in a book called WING CHUN COMPENDIUM VOLUME 2. Well, it just didn't seem right to me. However, I found myself (1) unable to put it in the proper words, and (2) unable to find anyone who took me seriously since, after all, I'm not the most muscular guy in the world.

Then I met Jay Primarolo, a guy who CLEARLY knows how to get fit. I ran this belief past him, and he said (as he does in the video), "That's asinine." I asked him if he would be willing to be recorded and say that on record. As you can see, his answer was "yes."

Therefore, without further ado, I present you with the answer I always knew but couldn't properly express, coming from a guy whose physique shows he walks the walk.

~~~Steve Grogan

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