Wing Chun Self Defence – Part 1


Wing Chun Kung Fu is famous for its practical self defence applications. Here are some classic techniques which every Wing Chun student should know.

1. Paak Da

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a. A and B face each other with their right wrists in contact.
b. A steps forwards and uses Paak Sau to slap B’s hand down.
c. As A steps and uses Paak Sau, also punching forwards with his right hand striking B.

It is important not to press on your opponent’s wrist before you step in as this will alert your opponent who could use this strength against you as you move forwards.
The step forwards, Paak Sau and Zhong Kuen (punch) should happen at the same time, thus giving your opponent only a split second to defend himself.

2. Paak Sau, Lap Sau

Images to illustrate Paak Sau, Lap Sau technique

  • a. A and B face each other with their right wrists in contact.
  • b. A steps forward and uses Paak Sau to slap B’s hand down and strikes forwards with his right hand. B uses Taan Sau to block A’s attack.
  • c. A changes his striking hand to a Lap Sau and pulls B’s hand down, trapping his two hands together. He then strikes B’s face with his left hand.

In Wing Chun when we strike we only use strength at the moment of impact – then we relax. This allows us to change our technique should our strike be blocked. In this case the hand is blocked on the inside and so we change our striking hand to Lap Sau. This traps
the opponent’s hands and allows us to strike cleanly.

 

Re-posted from Qi Magazine (with permission) issue 91, 2010, page 21.
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