The 3 Sweeps of Practical Wing Chun

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 Cantonese pronunciation, see Fluent Forever. For a dictionary see CantoDict or use the Hanping Cantonese App for Android.

INTRO

THE 3 SWEEPS OF PRACTICAL WING CHUN ARE:

  1. Inside of the Foot (Siu Nim Tau)

  2. Heel (Biu Zi)

  3. Outside of the Foot (Muk Jan Zong)

NOTES:

  1. You can simply destabilise your opponent rather than having to take them to the ground

  2. When you sweep push or pull them slightly off balance to ensure that their leg is sweepable

  3. While training don’t take your partner all the way to the ground unless you have mats and have been coached how to land safely (e.g. via Judo)

1 – Inside of the foot (siu nim tau)

Siu Lim Tao Sweep

NOTES:

  1. Diagonal, inside (i.e. right foot to right foot/left foot to left foot)

  2. Take a step away from your opponent, then turn your toe inwards as you sweep

  3. Used if moving away from your opponent

  4. Can go into a leg stamp (CK 3rd Section) to the swept leg

2 – heel (biu zi)

Biu Jee Sweep

NOTES:

  1. Diagonal, outside (i.e. right foot to right foot/left foot to left foot)

  2. Keep the ball of your foot touching the ground (to keep you stable) and your heel raised (so that it isn’t slowed down by the ground)

  3. Used if staying close to your opponent

  4. Can go into a knee (CK 3rd Section) to their back as they fall

3 – outside of the foot (muk jan zong)

Muk Yan Jong

NOTES:

  1. Diagonal, outside (i.e. right foot to right foot/left foot to left foot)

  2. Pick up their foot slightly with your foot to take them off balance

  3. Used if staying close to your opponent

  4. Can go into a twisting kick (CK 2nd Section) to the unswept leg

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