Wing Chun Note 310

Yan Jéung 印掌, Jihk Jéung 直掌, Gahm Sáu 㩒手, Ngun Jéung 䟴掌 – Part 4

Yauh Yan Jéung 右印掌, Jó Yan Jéung 左印掌,

In the second section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 we have Yauh Yan Jéung 右印掌, Jó Yan Jéung 左印掌, Hauh Yan Jéung 後印掌 and Chìhn Yan Jéung 前印掌. So, we have left, right, back and front Yan Jéung. I have heard some people call these hands Gahm Sáu 㩒手, so left, right, front and back Gahm Sáu instead of Yan Jéung.  We have already explained the meaning of Gahm Sáu and the difference between Gahm Sáu and Yan Jéung. They look identical and so the difference will depend on the purpose of each hand movement. Gahm Sáu means holding on. To the left, right and the front might be ok, but to the back? I do not think so! There is no way you can hold on to anything behind you like this! Also, the movement has power – Faat Gihng 發勁, and Faat Gihng is always used for attacking or releasing someone’s hold on your hand. I remember when my Sīfú 師父, Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準, told me a story about when Wing Chun was banned during the Cultural Revolution. When the Red Guard or the police tried to grab hold of the Wing Chun practitioners they would use Yan Jéung to release their grip and not only that, their necks and shoulders would be injured by the power in the Wing Chun people’s Yan Jéung. So these techniques are Yan Jéung on the left and right and to the back and front. Of course, in a real situation we will also use our footwork with the Yan Jéung.

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