Wing Chun Techniques

Wing Chun Techniques


Functional Wing Chun

Wing chun is well known for its unique structures, simultaneous blocking and striking, trapping, rapid vertical punches, a focus on using the shortest distance between two points, and a strategy that includes controlling the center with constant forward pressure. Many of the concepts and techniques work very well in self defense, but unfortunately the way they’re most commonly taught and trained makes wing chun ineffective for both sport fighting and self defense. On this site however, I’ll show you how to remedy that.

Wing Chun Problems and Solutions

The root of most problems with wing chun today is primarily related to training. Many schools focus heavily on solo drills or forms, and when practitioners do train with a partner they begin in positions that no one fights or attacks in, and attack and defend in a way that no one attacks or defends. In addition to unrealistic training methods and a lack of realistic training methods, techniques are added on top of techniques (usually in the form of complex trapping and blocking combinations) that would only work in a class of cooperative or wing chun conditioned students. When martial art training is done in a cooperative or heavily conditioned/stylized environment, amazingly inefficient and ineffective techniques, combinations, and training methods can result. This is the unfortunate case with wing chun today, and it hides the excellent techniques and principles from those less inclined to look to the root of the style.

Aside from the training and technical issues, additions and adaptations need to be made for wing chun to be part of a complete self defense system. But the same can be said of every style. Closed fist punches should be converted to palms, a reliance on stances needs to switch to a reliance on footwork (dynamic vs. static), and clinch, ground, and weapons training must be added.


What’s Great About Wing Chun

Technical Structure

The techniques of wing chun, including “defensive” blocking and trapping, have a solid, forward focus. They serve to trap or jam an opponent’s limbs in order to maintain or create an opening for attack. The physical structures of these techniques are unique, and rely on proper bone alignment rather than muscular strength alone. These techniques, combined with constant forward motion, can be extremely effective in self defense.

Simultaneous Offense and Defense

Wing chun emphasizes simultaneous offense and defense, or interceptions, so with every block there is a simultaneous strike. Even at mid levels of training, strikes can be used to deflect an incoming attack by cutting the line it’s coming in on. While this is common in combat sports like boxing and Thai boxing it’s far less common in other traditional martial arts. Solid technical structures, forward pressure, and constant offense combine to create a formidable base.

Wing Chun Techniques

Biu Sao

Biu Sau technique

The Biu Sao or thrusting fingers is one of the many Wing Chun moves which can be use both as a block and as a strike.

Bong Sao

Bong Sau technique

The Bong Sao or wing arm is quite a complex Wing Chun movement that features largely in the systems forms.

Fak Sao

Double Fak Sau technique

The Fak Sao is a chop that can be used as a block or a strike and will be first learnt from Sil Lim Tao Wing Chun’s first form.

Fook Sau

Fook Sau technique

The fook Sao is used to bridge on an opponents arm. It is relatively simple but effective Wing Chun movement that features largely in the systems first form.

Gum Sau

Double Gum Sau technique

The gum Sao or pinning hand is found in the first form and is used as a block or to pin an opponents arm (hence its name), It is often used in chi Sao.

Pak Sau

The Pak Sau or slapping hand is a simple yet effective deflecting technique which is like many Wing Chun moves is the adaptation and refinement of a natural reflex to being attacked.

Tan Sau

Tan Sau or receiving hand is an essential, common and yet effective Wing Chun block, this is found largely in the first form and dummy form.


Wing Chun Techniques

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-Sifu David

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