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 6 Openings from Ci Sau are:

  1. Left hand directly
  2. Left hand coming round their arm
  3. Left hand ‘diagonal, outside’ (over or under your own arm) – i.e. LH to LH
  4. Right hand directly
  5. Right hand coming round their arm
  6. Right hand ‘diagonal, outside’ (over or under your own arm) i.e. RH to RH
Wing Chun Chi Sao
Ci Sau AKA Luk Sau Pun Sau

Notes:

These openings are only referring to moves that go forwards, rather than backwards (e.g. Hau Paak Sau).

All examples can be reversed if using Left Hand Bong Ci Sau.

RH = Right Hand
LH = Left Hand

1 – left hand directly

Chi Sao London
Left Hand directly

Example move:

Note:

  • Be sure to turn them so that their LH is less of a danger

2 – left hand coming round their arm

Wing Chun Chi Sao London
Left Hand round their arm

Example move:

Note:

  • Be aware that if they draw back their LH, you can be hit by their Left Punch at the same time – be quicker than them and follow up with Hau Paak Sau if they punch

3 – LEFT hand ‘diagonal, outside’ (over or under your own arm)

Wing Chun Chi Sao London
Left Hand ‘diagonal, outside’

Example move:

  • LH ‘diagonal, outside’ Punch – attacking their LH Fuk Sau

Note:

  • Go over your own arm if you are both facing each other, under your own arm if he is turned
  • In order to make them turn, you can first use right Bong Sau with Zyun Maa (turning)

4 – Right hand directly

Wing Chun Chi Sao London
Right Hand directly

Example move:

  • LH Gwat Daa – attacking their RH Taan Sau

Note:

  • Be aware of their LH Hook

5 – right hand coming round their arm

Right Hand round their arm

Example move:

  • RH Hyun Sau (anti-clockwise for RH) into RH Zam Daa

Note:

  • Only use this move if their LH is pushing down and their elbow is in, if not they can hit you very easily with their LH

6 – Right hand ‘diagonal, outside’ (OVER OR UNDER YOUR OWN ARM)

Wing Chun Chi Sao London
Right Hand ‘diagonal, outside’

Example move:

  • RH ‘Diagonal, outside’ Punch

Note:

  • Use over your own arm if you are both facing each other, under your own arm if he is turned
  • To make him turn you can first use LH Hap (‘same side, outside’)