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 in response to an ‘Elbow In’ punch (Saan Sau) are:

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

You can also think of them to a right punch as:

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

1 – Same side, outside

Outside of their back hand:

Wing Chun Paak Sau
Cin Paak Sau (SLT 3rd Section)

Inside of their back hand:

Wing Chun Paak Sau
Cin Paak Sau (SLT 3rd Section)

2 – Diagonal, outside

Outside of their back hand:

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

Inside of their back hand:

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

3 – Same side, inside

Outside of their back hand:

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

Inside of their back hand:

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

4 – Diagonal, inside

Outside of their back hand:

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

Into:

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

Inside of their back hand:

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

Into:

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