Wing Chun Self Defence – Part 2

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

3. Paak Sau, Lap Sau


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 Paak Sau to block A’s attack pushing it to the left.
c. A follows the strength of B’s Paak Sau and uses his left hand to Lap Sau B’s left hand, thus trapping both of his opponent’s hands. Then he punches B’s face.

Wing Chun teaches us to be flexible with our techniques and change them should our opponent’s reaction be different than what we expected. Whether our hand is blocked on the inside or the outside changes how we react. In this case, we Lap Sau with the other hand as this allows us to use the strength of our opponent’s block against him.

4. Bong Sau, Lap Sau

Wing Chun Self Defence Bong Sau Lap Sau

a. A and B face each other.
b. B throws a punch with his right hand. A turns his waist 45 degrees and uses Bong Sau to deflect B’s punch.
c. A immediately uses Lap Sau to pull B’s hand down and a chopping palm (Pek Cheung) to strike B’s throat.

Bong Sau is one of the most common and important techniques in Wing Chun and it can be used high and low. In this case the high Bong Sau is used and it does not stop the opponent’s punch, but instead deflects it and allows it to continue along the wrong path. This then enables the use of Lap Sau to pull the opponent’s hand down, making him fall forwards into the strike. This is a perfect use of the opponent’s strength against him.

Re-posted from Qi Magazine (with permission) issue 91, 2010, page 22.
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