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:

  • You can simply destabilise your opponent rather than having to take them to the ground
  • When you sweep push or pull them slightly off balance to ensure that their leg is sweepable
  • 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:

  • Diagonal, inside (i.e. right foot to right foot/left foot to left foot)
  • Take a step away from your opponent, then turn your toe inwards as you sweep
  • Used if moving away from your opponent
  • Can go into a leg stamp (CK 3rd Section) to the swept leg

2 – heel (biu zi)

Biu Jee Sweep

NOTES:

  • Diagonal, outside (i.e. right foot to right foot/left foot to left foot)
  • 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)
  • Used if staying close to your opponent
  • 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:

  • Diagonal, outside (i.e. right foot to right foot/left foot to left foot)
  • Pick up their foot slightly with your foot to take them off balance
  • Used if staying close to your opponent
  • Can go into a twisting kick (CK 2nd Section) to the unswept leg