Pak Sau: Palm Block Partner Drill

Pak Sau: Palm Block Partner Drill

In this first partner practice, one person will be working on new layers of the Cheh Kuen/Lien Wan Kuen fundamental punching drill while the other will be learning Pak Sau, or the forward palm block. This drill focuses heavily on taking the centerline, and introduces new concepts such as Forward Energy, Sensitivity and Gates.

While Pak Sau is shown as a single bar on the course progress chart, it is actually a multi-layer drill that evolves over multiple 20MM practices. The first phase focuses on structure, and allows the use of cadence or set timing to introduce the motions. The second phase breaks the timing, forcing you to use tactile sensitivity to block appropriately. The third and final phase uses varying force levels on the punching side, which develops another facet of sensitivity for the blocking partner while also training a reflexive adjustment of the forward energy.

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