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.
The 2 Positions of ‘Rolling’ are:
- Fuk Sau (straight forearm)/Taan Sau (straight forearm)
- Fuk Sau (straight forearm)/Bong Sau (diagonal forearm)
- ‘Rolling’ is a way of starting to spar that:
- is fair (excluding arm length differences)
- has a touch
- has momentum
- To change between the 2 positions, ‘spring-load’ the angle of both elbows to 90° before going to the new positions at 135°. This will help give you more pressure forward rather than just going in a circle.
The ‘Braces’ Lines
- The ‘braces’ lines are halfway between the 1st centreline (middle line) and the elbow out position (where the arms are in the photo)
- By keeping our elbows on these lines and therefore in front of the body, we can exert more pressure forwards.
1 – Fuk Sau/Taan Sau
- The Taan Sau hand is under the Fuk Sau hand
- Both forearms face straight forwards
- They also face diagonally upwards (viewed from the side) in order to cover a larger area
- Elbows are as low as possible in order to better connect to your stance
2 – Fuk Sau/Bong Sau
- The Bong Sau hand is above the Fuk Sau hand
- The Bong Sau forearm is diagonal like 1-Handed ‘Cross Hands’
- The 3rd Centreline is in line with the 1st Centreline
- Elbows are as low as possible (as above)