Master Tse’s Wing Chun Notes #34
Waanhg Dai Jeung 橫低掌
Waahng 橫 means side or horizontal. Dai 低 means low and Jeung 掌 means palm. So Waanhg Dai Jeung means low side palm. This is a low palm strike where the palm is turned sideways so the fingers point outwards. When we strike, we hit with the lower part of the palm just above the wrist area.
This strike is used quite often, especially when your opponent has turned sideways, which usually means they have one leg in front of the other. This is a bad position if you do not have good sensitivity and good footwork. If you are not sensitive and your footwork is poor, then your opponent can move behind you to hit or push you. This is why in Wing Chun both legs are even and the chest faces the opponent, then we can move either way when we are attacked. However, if we do have good sensitivity and footwork, then we can stand in a sideways position.
Waanhg Dai Jeung is seen more often in the third form Biu Ji 標指. When the opponent punches, we can contact them using Taan Sau 攤手 and then change to Laap Sau 擸手 to pull their hand high, then we can use Waanhg Dai Jeung to hit low. Sometimes we can use it when the opponent’s Bong Sau 膀手 is in a bad position. We then use it to hit the low side of their body.
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