Arm Position While Kicking

by Chin
(Bakersfield, Ca)

I like Wing Chun kicks because they're simple and direct, and can be performed with simultaneous arm blocks.

Commonly I see (and use myself) the Kwan Sau (taan and low bong) with a front kick. When I front kick, my arms just instinctively do this for extra protection.

Also the Wu Sau or Jong Sau are used; and admittedly, they make for groovy picture poses :)
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Comment by Rob: Great points. A lot of students who come from other martial arts have trouble keeping their guards up when kicking. I guess it's not something many styles teach.

For example, I really cannot stand watching Tae Kwon Do in the Olympics, of all places. You figure the best of the best would show up there.

But if you watch some Olympic videos of TKD, it's horrible. And their arms are down by their side. Purely an art that has turned upside down for rigid rules, that don't work in real life.

In fact, we've more than one TKD student pass by our kwoon. And when asked why they're interested in Wing Chun (a number were TKD black belts) they said because they wanted to learn how to use their hands.

One guy got in a street fight, and couldn't do anything practical to defend himself or even fight effectively. All he could do is kick, but they weren't effective.

Personally, I've learned to use the Bil Sao with almost all kicks.

This allows us to defend our upper gates while kicking, it acts as a deterrent if the opponent tries to rush you while you kick, since the Bil Sao is extended it helps you bridge the gap quicker and used for it's own attack/counter with the arms.

As a side benefit, I feel the Bil Sao (maybe other arm blocks too, but I haven't really tried it) helps with balance and interruptibility (in case the kick fails).

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