The other night we worked on being direct with our techniques, letting one technique flow right after another. Specifically we were working street drills, but it could also apply to firing combinations in a sparring situation.
Throw a technique, then follow with whatever weapon (foot, hand, elbow, knee, etc.) is closest to a target (shin, ankle, groin, floating rib, temple, throat, nose, etc.). Then another, then another. The aim is to close up the gap between techniques.
Because what a lot of people do, including me, according to Sifu, is throw a technique and wait to see, did it work? Whew! I’m safe. Now I can throw another technique. That’s a significant time lag. What is my opponent doing during that time? Clocking me if they have any sense.
This is something Sifu has brought to my attention in the past. It’s not about speeding up, it’s about flowing smoothly and directly from one technique to another. By closing up the gap, you achieve the effect of speed without actually going faster.