Since I’m here:
I almost didn’t go to class this evening. I started a new job a week ago, and it’s been kicking my ass; on my first day, I followed it up with WT class and felt like a useless lump the whole time. Today, I worked again after a few days off and was afraid I’d have a similar problem — but I didn’t! I learned things, and I had fun in class and felt a little accomplished afterward.
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So I was in class this evening, and we’re doing a training drill, and my (male) training partner strikes me (female) in the boob.
My first reaction is an internal, “Dude, WTF?!”
My second reaction is to consider the fairness of this move.
It’s not like I have giant bazongas (if you will); when I wear bras, it’s for the sake of cultural appropriateness or because I’m doing something active and don’t want them, like, chafing. (See: male runners, post-race.) Still, they are there, and breast-shots aren’t pleasant, but breasts also take up a pretty decent chunk of what would be acceptable practice target range on a dude.
Saying “ABSOLUTELY NO TATA SHOTS” seems a little unfair from strictly a training perspective, but… ow. And also, that’s kind of a personal space!
Seeing as this is Tumblr and therefore a pretty open forum, I pose this question:
What’s your school’s approach to boob-punches? What’s your personal code? (Open to all, regardless of whether you actually have breasts.)
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I began the moving process from the Midwest to the West Coast on December first; today, January fifth, marks one month since I arrived in California. (If things on the blog have been awfully quiet for a while, the whole moving thing is why.) I left my last dojo at the very end of October, spent two months practicing (irregularly) on my own.
Last night, I had my first Wing Tsun class.
…Note that I’ve been doing Japanese hard arts and T’ai Chi for the last five years. This switch is messing with my head.
Biggest difference-I’m-struggling-with so far: the punches. In Karate-do, your knuckles line up horizontally and your goal is to impact with the knuckles of the index and middle finger. Aiming your impact this way keeps your hand in line with your arm so you don’t damage yourself, and the straight line improves your strike. In Wing Tsun, your knuckles line up vertically and your goal is to impact with the knuckles of the ring and little finger… because it keeps your hand in line with your arm so you don’t damage yourself, and the straight line improves your strike.
(One mountain, different paths…)
On a more victorious note, Sihing showed us a wrist grab escape technique whose motion very strongly recalled something from the T’ai Chi form (the flowering of the hand just before Punch Under Elbow). I freaking love that moment where you make a connection between something that’s been taught and its actual application.