The Eight Hand Movements

Each of the Wing Chun sets (forms) has various drills associated with it to teach the application of the techniques. The eight hand movements are a set of drills which teach the application of some of the movements from the first set.

Wing Chun pose
and street fighter pose
Left punch vs outside Pak sau
Right punch vs Tan sau and neck hit
Pak sau and neck hit
(or Pak sau and eye attack)

The sequence shown above is called hand technique number two from the "Siu Nim Tao." It represents the application of the ten movements from section 5 of this set. (See Wing Chun Viewpoint, Vol. 1, No. 1) It is one of the many fixed pattern drills which teach the application of the first set.

There are a variety of ways to drill this particular sequence. Practice the sequence slowly at first. Always keep safety in mind. At first, keep exactly to the form as taught in the first set.

To begin with, both fighters take a pre-fighting posture. Both can be in Wing Chun Pre-fighting postures or as in the photos above, one person uses a Wing Chun posture, while the other uses a standard boxing or street fighting position.

The opponent steps up with a left punch. The defender applies an outside Pak sau or slapping hand at the opponent's wrist. The attacker continues with a right punch to the head. The defender applies a right Tan sau or palm up hand to deflect the punch, while simultaneously shifting (turning) out of the way and countering with a palm up hit to the face. The attacker continues with another left punch to the face. The defender counters with a left inside Pak sau and a right hit to the face.


There are many variations possible. For example, the attacker can stand on the spot and just alternate punches in the Wing Chun style. The attacker can charge in with Karate or boxing style attacks. The punches can be hard style punches or soft style punches.

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