Info about Pak Sau
Pak Sau or slapping hand as it translates from Cantonese, is a simple but effective Wing Chun block
that is used to redirect your opponents punches past the body. It should be an adaptation or refinement of a
Pack Sau uses the palm to guide incoming punches past the body. When doing a Pak Sau keep your thumb in against the
hand. The Pak Sau should never go out further than needed to push the punch past the body. Use foot work and turning
to make the technique more effective. It is important to ensure you try to block further up the opponents arm (towards
their elbow). This ensures you have more control of the attacking arm and the opponent. It also means they cannot use
their elbow to block or counter, something which is possible if you connected the Pak Sau at their wrist.
What is expected in the grading
You will need to block a succession of straight punches using the Pak Sau technique. At this early stage in the system
you and your training partner will simply face each other square on. Your partner will punch towards your face with alternating
hands, not full speed or full power. You must use Pak Sau's to redirect the punches safely away. You may also be asked to deal with
one more powerful punch that is trown with a step in.