Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Notes 468

If our fingers are strong, then we can use them for self-defence, grabbing, and holding things tightly to keep our balance.

Sáu Kyùhn 收拳 Withdraw the Fist

Part 5

From last time, we can see that the fingers are very important for our health. If we injure a finger it is very inconvenient and it can mean we cannot use our hand, and if the pain is too much, we may not even be able to sleep, so we should not just think that it only a finger. However, if our fingers are in good condition, flexible, strong, colourful, full of blood, nails shinny and skin soft, then it means we are healthy. If our fingers are strong, then we can use them for self-defence, grabbing, and holding things tightly to keep our balance. If our fingers are heathy, then we will also have more feeling when we touch things and in Wing Chun Chī Sáu 黐手 – Sticking Hands, this is a big advantage.

When we practise Sáu Kyùhn 收拳 Withdraw the Fist, we are training our fingers and also our wrist, palm and Faat Gihng 發勁 – Release Power. This makes our striking more powerful and changing our hand positions quicker and more flexible.

When we finally withdraw the fist to the side of the chest, we should also use Faat Gihng. This is Hauh Jāang 後踭 – Backward Elbow. So, you can see, Sáu Kyùhn contains a lot of knowledge about our health and fighting applications. You can imagine how much skill there is throughout the whole form and how much we will benefit from it. High level Wing Chun masters are all healthy, good at fighting and even wise.

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