Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 364

Twenty-Four Leg Techniques Part 32

Díng Sāt 頂膝

After learning all the kicking techniques, we now need to work on the knee techniques. Knee is Sāt 膝 in Cantonese. There are three types of knee techniques. The first is Díng Sāt 頂膝. Díng 頂 means to go forwards against (something). So Díng Sāt means the knee goes forwards against … It means hit with the knee and it is a normal knee strike. We strike with the knee bent and pointing forwards. The standing leg should be slightly bent to keep us balanced and grounded.

One way to apply Díng Sāt when our opponent punches at us and we contact their hand with our Tāan Sáu 攤手, we then use Laap Sáu 擸手 to pull them down so that they lean forwards, then we lift up our back leg and use our knee to strike their body. If they lean a long way down, then we can even strike their head. Remember we must wait for them to lean forwards, so it means the Laap Sáu is the key, and it must be right. If the opponent’s back is still straight, then Díng Sāt will be useless and it will be dangerous as when we lift our leg, the opponent can easily block our knee and then attack our standing leg and then we might end up on the ground.

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