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.
The 4 Slots in response to an ‘Elbow In’ punch (Saan Sau) are:
- Same side, outside (e.g. your left arm to their right punch)
- Diagonal, outside (e.g. your right arm to their right punch)
- Same side, inside (e.g. your left arm to their right punch)
- Diagonal, inside (e.g. your right arm to their right punch)
You can also think of them to a right punch as:
- Left hand, outside
- Right hand, outside
- Left hand, inside
- Right hand, inside
Once you’ve decided which slot you are using, you can choose which move options you have at your disposal. You can then apply it in a 2 punch combination:
- He Right Hand Punches/You 1 slot Move/He Left Hand Punches/You 1 slot Move
As you’ll mostly be using two hands together, 1 hand will be predominantly defending, while the other will be assisting or hitting.
There are 8 examples below are according to whether your move ends up on the inside or outside of their back hand.
It’s usually more ideal to end up outside of their back hand as it’s easier to control their 2nd move. However often this isn’t possible since their back hand may be too wide. Therefore we also need to train combinations where we end up on the inside.