The Theft of “ Time Space & Energy” Stealing “Time, Space & Energy” is not about past Hung Fa Yi members marketing this HFY Wing Chun concept with others. It is not about martial arts entrepreneurs using familiar phrases to develop reputations in the kung fu world. The complexities of this concept can not be learned from a dvd or magazine. Time does not allow for speculation in battle. The knowledge passed from Grand Master Garrett Gee explains the intricate nature of “Time, Space & Energy”. With technique training, one only sees techniques; they are taught to counter one technique with another. System training adds dimension and color to what would have been a black and white picture. To apply the “System Approach” one must understand the concept in its entirety. To steal “Time, Space or Energy” from an opponent is only one aspect of this concept. Before attempting to take what belongs to someone else, you must first recognize your own existence. “To know yourself is to know your opponent”. This training shows how to recognize when, where and with whom distortion exists. Self-awareness will develop through the HFY progressive training format with proper guidance provided by GM Gee.
All wing chun lineages that I know of practice “chi sao,” but their motives differ. Most wing chun practitioners recognize chi sao for sensitivity training and a friendly way to spar. HFY Wing Chun has three chi sao formats. HFY Tan Bong Fuk Chi Sao, HFY Kiu Sao Chi Sao and HFY Chi Kiu Chi Sao. These chi sao formats can be defined by the “HFY Time, Space and Energy” concept. These HFY principles allow the practitioner to recognize the appropriate time frame to apply the strategy of chi sao. The HFY system does not consider chi sao as a simple exercise, but rather a conceptual aspect of battle. HFY trains with Sam Mo Kiu philosophy relative to the HFY “Time, Space & Energy” concept. The ying level will establish the structured energy within individual techniques. HFY Sup Ming Dim references outline the maximum affect of tan bong fuk influence to develop an awareness of distortion. The energy level, requires an understanding of the “HFY 5 Energies” concept. Each form of energy is unique, therefore HFY applies a principled approach to adapt. As harmony is the goal, distortion is the reality. The 3rd progression introduces a variety of time, space and energy distortions. The strategies to regain control can be applied effectively with the proficiency attained in the previous levels of progression. Chi sao as a strategy allows the practitioner a variety of applications.