Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 471

This enables us to avoid their attack and move to the outside of their body. Then we only need to deal with their attacking hand.

Advanced Level of Sahp Sīng Bouh 十星步 - Ten Star Footwork

Part 8

Wàahng 横 means across, Máh 馬 means step. So Wàahng Máh means, walk across, or walk sideways, which includes walking left and right. During fighting walking sideways is very common. If the attack is not too strong and the distance not forward, then just doing Jyún Máh 轉馬 – Turning Stance, but if the attack is closer and stronger, then turning with Jyún Máh 轉馬 is not enough. In this case, we need to walk sideways, but we must make sure we walk to the correct side. If the opponent punches at our head or body with their right hand, then we need to walk to their right side, which means they will be on our left side. This enables us to avoid their attack and move to the outside of their body. Then we only need to deal with their attacking hand as their other hand cannot reach us. Then if we move closer to their attacking side, we are close to their back and so we can counterattack with both hands. This is how the Wing Chun skill works, we use our hands and legs at the same time when attacking and defending ourselves. So Wàahng Máh is not just stepping to the side, it is walking around our opponent and so it is walking in a circle.

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