Wing Chun Back Fist

Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #30

Gwa Cheuih 掛錘

Gwa Cheuih 掛錘 is one of common fists but not many people know how to use it. Gwa means a movement hitting from the high to low. Cheuih 錘 means hammer. In west we like call it “back fist”

Wing Chun Back FistGwa Cheuih is a circle fist and it comes from low and then circles up to hit the opponent. We hit with the back of fist or the bottom three knuckles. It means the palm is facing ourselves when we hit. It can hit the chest and the face. We cannot find this technique in any forms or in the wooden dummy training. But it has been developed and is used nevertheless.

In Wing Chun, some techniques do not come from the forms or the wooden Dummy. It needs your Sifu to tell you, like using the shoulders, knees and sweeping legs.

When doing Chi Sau 黐手 and someone pushes down your Bong Sau 膀手, we can use Gwa Cheuih as it is very quick and the opponent cannot defend against it. The energy comes from the pushing down so the harder they press down, the faster and harder the hit will come back to them.

Another situation where it can be used is when holding the opponent’s inside arm across with soft Laap Sau 擸手, we can hit with Gwa Cheuih very easily. It is quick and fast and hard to defend against.

Michael Tse

4 replies
  1. Michael
    Michael says:

    Thank your Sifu,

    When I am in class I will ask you about using the knees to attack and also defending against my opponent’s knees.

    Best regards

    Michael

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  2. Simon
    Simon says:

    Hi Sigong,

    Thank you for this. All these Wing Chun notes are helping me think about things from different angles to what I had been doing.

    When using Gwa Cheuih as someone presses on your Bong Sau, is this the same principle as changing to Tan Sau, (when the tail is pressed down the head comes up) but in a more ‘finishing’ way?

    Kind regards and best wishes,
    Simon.

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    • Michael Tse
      Michael Tse says:

      Yes Simon, it is similar principle. When someone controlling your elbow you bring up the palm. But Gwa Cheuih is that when someone pressing your Bong Sau you let go and bring back your palm from inside out. Then turns the palm to be Gwa Cheuih to hit their chest or face. It is following their energy.

      Michael Tse

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