Tactile Reflex Development Through Wing Tsun’s “Sticking Hands” Practice, by Jeff Webb


  • Jeff Webb National Wing Tsun Organization




Martial arts, wing tsun, wing chun


It was the late Bruce Lee who first demonstrated Wing Tsun gongfu’s “sticking hands” (chi-sau) exercise in the US, during the 1964 Long Beach International Karate Championships. Forty-four years later, very few outside of the art truly understand the purpose of chi-sau let alone how it develops tactile reflexes. This article will describe both the fundamental and complex methods of chi-sau training in detail. It will also explain the rationale and theories behind this method as well as discuss a variety of factors that can either improve or retard the acquisition of tactile reflexes.


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How to Cite

Webb, J. (2012). Tactile Reflex Development Through Wing Tsun’s “Sticking Hands” Practice, by Jeff Webb. Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 4(3), 74–89. https://doi.org/10.18002/rama.v4i3.179