I’ve been doing a lot of ch’i sao lately with Sifu. Ch’i sao is kind of hard to explain. It means “sticky hands.” Described simply, it’s the practice of staying with another person, physically and/or energetically. We practice it by touching forearms. At the most basic level, one person moves and the other merely follows, maintaining physical contact.
At an advanced level, ch’i sao is give-and-take as each person tries to take the other off their base.
Like a lot of people, I tend to go very yang, reacting to force with force. Sifu has been working with me to bring more yin, yielding to force to move into a superior position.
Be like hot jello, he says, filling the mold.
Last night when we were doing ch’i sao I imagined myself as an octopus, moving into the empty spaces.
Whatever works, Sifu says.