Warning: There are two videos on this post, don’t forget to scroll down and check out the second video.
Have you ever watched some flashy video on youtube? You see a couple of guys running though 500 moves with no idea what the hell they are doing?
Perhaps the video looked something like this?
Unless you have a mind like Bruce Lee, we sure don’t, you might need an extra helping hand in figuring out what the heck is going on in those “wild and crazy videos.”
You need not worry, over hear at Wing Chun Geeks we take the time to actually explain what is going on. Lots of people run though the form Sil Lim Tao, reach a higher level, such as wooden dummy, yet they still have no idea the purpose of the moves when they started to learn Wing Chun.
Which is why we decided to do you a favor and finally explain “what the heck does that move mean!?!?”
Check out the video below so we can bring you up to date and explain that “turny whatever thing” you do with your wrist, also known as “Huen Sau.”
Here are a few things to keep in mind when performing Huen Sau.
- Before performing any movement in ANY form think, “What does this movement mean or do?”
- Always turn your Huen Sau from downward and outward (toward the outside), to upward and inward ending in Wu Sao.
- Try to maintain your lower elbow position where the ‘crook’ stays facing up.
- Don’t forget about your foot work.
Huen Sao Applications and Theory
Huen sao is used primarily to circle around the opponent’s arm in an effort to control or attack from a better position. In the examples shown in the video the huen sao was applied to circle around the opponent’s pocking arm, to get to the outside (typically). Hence, in this case the huen sao served 2 purposes. It removed the pocking arm of the opponent as it transitioned to wu sao/pock sao, and it allowed the wing chun attacker to occupy the outside line (the better position).