Wing Chun Huen Sau Explained

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).


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4 Responses to Wing Chun Huen Sau Explained

  1. John Crescione February 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Some would argue that huen sao moves the opponent’s hand off the centerline,to “throw it away” and clear the line of attack–and lau sao “leeks” underneath and around to the outside.
    But I think the case in point is moving around the force,so either way.
    Nice job.

  2. Bez February 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Huen Sao is great to counter an opponent who is trying to Huen Sao! You can keep going all day!

  3. Matt Laing February 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Nice video and a good explanation of one way to use the huen sau motion. I prefer to keep a bit more contact when huen’ing, sticking more to the wrist. Also a useful technique to clear the arm and strike from the outside to inside. Keep up the good work guys.

  4. Anthony Iglesias March 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Love the vid guys good work!

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