crucial moment. A very natural response is to directly step back from a confrontation with an opponent. Immediately take distance. Everyone without experience would rather remain at a distance. But, as everyone knows, walking backwards is slower than walking forwards. Plus, when walking backwards, you have to account for chairs, tables, cars, road curbs, and bicycles behind you which you might fall over. Also the space behind you can quickly disappear when you run into a wall. A number of martial arts attempt to keep an opponent at a distance by means of kicks. The majority of these kicks are very easy to avoid by either a step forward or backward. A small step backwards ensures that you are out of range; he cannot correct the distance by hopping forward on one leg. With a step forward, the kicker lacks the necessary space to make his attack.
It is important not to remain passive. An opponent who kicks often is less mobile since he cannot kick and run at the same time. This is really one of the most important reasons why there is such a strong emphasis in Ving Tsun on using the hands. The mobility, balance, and continuity of an attack with the hands gives it preference. An experienced practitioner can often step in and punch an opponent at the moment he wants to kick. Select the best moment to attack and do not do it every time your opponent tries to attack.
It is not a bad idea to take a step back every so often and wait for the most favorable moment to attack. When you want come close to an opponent, often he will want to retreat or look for space and take a step back. Other martial arts especially like having distance. Especially when the opponent is a good kicker, feeling for distance and timing is extremely important. When someone steps backwards, you can quickly move forward and make an attack. Ving Tsun is also known for applying pressure, hunting an opponent so that he has no opportunity to counter-attack or regroup.
A Ving Tsun practitioner is ultimately trying to move forward to come close to his opponent. Close to the opponent, within range that is when the Ving Tsun actions come to their right and the opponent is forced to respond by defending. By this, control over the opponent can be obtained because he must adapt to you. By the pressure of a continuous attack, every 10th of a second increases the chance that he will be hit and neutralized. This power which has a practitioner has over his opponent, becomes more stronger as he advances in ' Chi Sau '. Chi Sau is a very specific training in Ving Tsun Kung Fu where the contact of the arms is used to learn and to develop oneself in close range situations.