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 Jyut Ping, see Fluent Forever. For a dictionary see Cantodict or use the Hanping Cantonese App for Android.

Intro

The 4 Slots (or positions) to defend against a punch are:

  1. Same side, outside (e.g. your left arm outside their right punch)
  2. Diagonal, outside (e.g. your right arm outside their right punch)
  3. Same side, inside (e.g. your left arm inside their right punch)
  4. Diagonal, inside (e.g. your right arm inside their right punch)

You can also think of them to the same punch as:

  1. Left hand, outside
  2. Right hand, outside
  3. Left hand, inside
  4. Right hand, inside

Notes:

  • The reason we call them slots is that once you’ve decided which of the 4 you are using, you can slot in any move which fits that slot.
  • As you’ll mostly be using two hands together, one hand will be predominantly defending while the other will be assisting or hitting.
  • The reason there are 8 examples below is that each slot is split into whether your hand ends up inside or outside of their back hand.
  • It is usually better to end up outside of their back hand as it’s easier to control their 2nd move. Sometimes this isn’t possible when their back hand is too wide so we also need to train combinations where we end up inside their back hand.
  • Later you can use the slots to create 2 punch combinations e.g.:
    • He Right Hand Punches/You 1 Slot/He Left Hand Punches/You 1 Slot

1 – Same side, outside

Outside their back hand:

Wing Chun Pak Sau
Cin Paak Sau (SNT 3rd Section)

Inside their back hand:

Wing Chun Pak Sau
Cin Paak Sau (SNT 3rd Section)

2 – Diagonal, outside

Outside their back hand:

Wing Chun Tiu Sau
Tiu Sau (SNT 3rd Section)

Inside their back hand:

Wing Chun Tiu Sau
Tiu Sau (SNT 3rd Section)

3 – Same side, inside

Outside their back hand:

Wing Chun Elbow Out Punch
Fei Zaang Punch (Elbow Out – CK 1st Section)

Inside their back hand:

Wing Chun Elbow Out Punch
Fei Zaang Punch (Elbow Out – CK 1st Section)

4 – Diagonal, inside

Outside their back hand:

Wing Chun Hyun Sau
Backwards Hyun Sau (SNT 3rd Section)

Into:

Wing Chun Pak Sau
Hau Paak Sau + Cin Paak Sau (SNT 1st and 3rd Sections)

Inside their back hand:

Wing Chun Hyun Sau
Backwards Hyun Sau (SNT 3rd Section)

Into:

Wing Chun Pak Daa
1 In 1 Out Paak Daa (SNT 1st and 3rd Sections)