INTRO As mentioned in a previous article, Free Ci Sau is a balance between: Hitting your opponent while not getting hit yourself Disrupting your opponent’s balance while strengthening your own 3 Common Mistakes I see in Free Ci Sau are: Arms get too wide Arms don’t affect your opponent’s balance Too stiff 1 – arms get too wide Problem: Your arms get too wide and therefore always stay ‘same side’ – i.e. left arm to right arm/right arm to left arm.
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Intro The 6 Ci Sau Openings are: Left hand directly Left hand coming round their arm Left hand ‘diagonal, outside’ (over or under your own arm) – i.e. LH to LH Right hand directly Right hand coming round their arm Right hand ‘diagonal, outside’ (over or under your own arm) i.e. RH to RH Ci Sau aka Luk Sau Pun Sau Notes: These openings only refer to moves that go forwards (rather than backwards e.g. Hau Paak Sau) All examples can be reversed if using Left Hand Bong Ci Sau LH =
A note on Cantonese I use the ‘Jyut Ping’ (粵拼) Cantonese writing system as I have found it to be the most accurate.
For an excellent way to learn Jyut Ping, see here. For a dictionary see here or use the Hanping Cantonese App for Android. Intro 3 Reasons to train Free Ci Sau in Wing Chun: Fun – allows students to express the Kung Fu outside of set drills Effective – trains us to be dominant in a ruleless, close range situation Safe – low rate of injuries if monitored by a go