The 4 Wrist Positions 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 4 WRIST POSITIONS OF PRACTICAL WING CHUN ARE:

  1. Neutral Position (e.g. SNT Taan Sau)

  2. Wrist Flexion (e.g. SNT Fuk Sau)

  3. Wrist Extension (e.g. SNT Wu Sau)

  4. Ulnar Deviation (e.g. BZ Teoi Wun)

Notes:

  1. Every move will end on one of these 4 wrist positions

  2. Only bend your wrist as far as is natural for you

  3. Over time the range of motion in your wrist will slowly increase

1 – Neutral Position

Wing Chun Tan Sau

Example Moves:

  1. SNT Taan Sau (Dispersing Hand)

  2. SNT Maai Zaang Ceot Kyun (Elbow In Punch)

NOTES:

  1. Often used if you want your arm to go in the same direction that your forearm is pointing to

2 – Wrist Flexion

Example Moves:

  1. SNT Fuk Sau (Covering Hand)

  2. SNT Hyun Sau (Circle Hand)

NOTES:

  1. Often used to keep their wrist under your hand

  2. There are no strikes that end in this position

3 – Wrist Extension

Example Moves:

  1. SNT Wu Sau (Protecting Hand)

  2. CK Fei Zaang Ceot Kyun (Elbow Out Punch)

NOTES:

  1. Often used to trap their back hand

4 – Ulnar Deviation

Example Moves:

  1. BZ Teoi Wun (Wide Pushing Wrist)

  2. [No Form] Deng Kyun (Hammer Punch)

NOTES:

  1. Often used to defend with the wrist or attack with the fingers

  2. Also can be used to hook their arm downwards (SNT/BZ Got Sau)

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