Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 403

Chī Sáu with Taller People – Part 2

From a long distance, it is easy to Chī Sáu 黐手 with someone who is taller than us and we can use just one hand in contact. The contact should be wrist to wrist and not on the forearm. If we contact them on their forearm, then we make the position good for them as they will be able to hit us, and we will not be able to reach them. Often, I see people doing Chī Sáu only with two hands, and this means that when they Chī Sáu with somebody who is taller and stronger than them, they will get hit. Even if you are strong but you only use two hands when you Chī Sáu with someone taller than you, the result will be using a lot of force against force, aggression and too much energy. Even if you win, you will need to use a lot of strength. Good Wing Chun means we should use less strength to defeat the bigger and taller opponent. Of course, in the end we will need to get closer to the tall and strong opponent to hit them, and in this distance, it means that we can both hit each other. However, if our Gūng Lihk 功力 is good enough, we can control their hands. The inside hands will be a high Tāan Sáu 攤手 and Bong Sáu 膀手 and the outside hands will be a level Fuhk Sáu 伏手 and Jam Sáu 枕手. Then we will be in the best position, their hands will be trapped, and then we can hit them.

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