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 CHOPS OF PRACTICAL WING CHUN ARE:

  1. Siu Nim Tau Hoi (Diagonal Chop to the Neck)
  2. Biu Zi Doek – Outwards (Low Chop Behind You)
  3. Biu Zi Pek (Horizontal Chop to the Neck)
  4. Biu Zi Doek – Inwards (Low Chop in Front of You)

NOTES:

1 – Siu Nim Tau Hoi

(Diagonal Chop to the Neck)

Wing Chun Hoi

WHERE IN THE FORM?

  • Siu Nim Tau 2nd Section
  • After Gaau Caa Sau (2nd Section, not 1st)
  • Before Hap 

NOTES:

  • Goes diagonally up to down
  • First go to 175° elbow angle, palm up
  • Then rotate the forearm (1st circle) and sink the elbow to get to 135°, palm down
  • Can be done frontally or to the side

2 – Biu Zi Doek – outwards

(Low Chop Behind You)

Wing Chun Doek

WHERE IN THE FORM?

  • Biu Zi 2nd Section
  • After Laap Caap (Lap with Finger Strike)
  • Before Zong Sau

NOTES:

  • Used if your arms are up and someone is trying to strike you below your 2nd centreline from behind
  • Chop down to a low Gaau Caa Sau position behind you
  • Make sure to keep your elbow down so that someone can’t lock it (e.g. with CK Laap)

3 – Biu Zi Pek

(Horizontal Chop to the Neck)

Wing Chun Pek

WHERE IN THE FORM?

  • Biu Zi 2nd Section
  • After Pai Sau, Zaam Sau
  • Before Doek – Inwards

NOTES:

  • Do to the side rather than frontally so that you fully hinge from the shoulder (not just from the elbow joint)
  • Go from palm up to palm down so that you get a rotation in the forearm (1st circle)

4 – Biu Zi Doek – Inwards

(Low Chop in Front of You)

Wing Chun Doek

WHERE IN THE FORM?

  • Biu Zi 2nd Section
  • After Pek
  • Before Cyun Wun (threading wrist)

NOTES:

  • Used if your arms are up and someone is trying to strike below your 2nd centreline from the front
  • Chop down to a low Gaau Caa Sau position in front of you