EXERCISING CONTROL IN FREE SPARRING
Exercising Control in Free Sparring
Those not exposed to internal force may not appreciate how powerful it is. A strike using internal force may appear gentle but can cause serious injury. Hence, control is important in combat training.
There are two main levels of control. Firstly, the exponent stops just an inch or two before target, known in kungfu terminology as “dim tou wei chi”, which means “just touch will do”. (In fact, the strike does not even touch.).
Secondly, if the exponent does not apply force if in contact. Chris and Ronny exercise good control. Ronny specializing in the Dragon Form makes effective use of body-movement in his attacks. Davies' control is more obvious, as he counter attacks Jonny while brushing away his low punch.