Terms/Glossary

Here you will find a list of terms that will be used regularly. Even though I am Chinese and fluent in the language to the point where I can easily pronounce these words correctly, I will not do so simply because:

  1. That's not the way I was taught
  2. The actual pronunciations and meanings aren't exactly friendly to an international audience
  3. The actual pronunciations and meanings are far less important than what is being communicated.

Ving Tsun is a physical combat system. Cultural propaganda, terminology, genetics, etc. all fall by the wayside when it comes to learning. Please feel free to use this list to supplement your memorization of the meanings of certain terms if you are having trouble memorizing them.

I will also be omitting the popular "Kung Fu Family Terms" that many people seem to want, only because it is not required in any sense within our system. They're also widely available online for anyone who wants them, and are universal among all Chinese Martial Arts. Personally, just knowing

Sifu = Teacher

is good enough. Even though you are never required to call anyone by such a title.


Wing Chun/Ving Tsun/詠春 can all be pronounced as "Wing Chun"

Form Names

  1. Siu Lim Tao
    • You may also refer to this as:
      • SLT
      • The First Form
      • Little Idea
  2. Chum Kiu
    • You may also refer to this as:
      • CK
      • The Second Form
      • Seeking Bridges
  3. Biu Jee
    • You may also refer to this as:
      • The Third Form
      • Darting Fingers

Tools and Weapons

  1. Wooden Dummy
    • You may also refer to this as
      • Dummy
      • Muk Yan Jong
  2. Knives
    • You may also refer to this as
      • Swords
      • Butterfly Swords
      • Baat Cham Do
  3. Pole
    • You may also refer to this as
      • Dragon Pole
      • Look Dim Boon Gwan

Hand Names and Motions

  • Jum Sau
    • Elbow in, hand ready to punch
  • Jut Sau
    • AKA. Stuttering Hand. Performed by dropping the lead hand sharply and having the back hand punch over. The hand is then recycled for the next attack.
  • Huen Sau
    • AKA. Circle Hand. Performed by rotating the hand in the socket of the wrist from the inside gate to the outside gate.
  • Lap Sau
    • AKA. Collecting Hand. Performed by a slight grabbing motion without the use of the thumb as the lead hand's elbow returns to the side of the body.
  • Pak Sau
    • AKA. Slapping Hand. Performed by the palm slapping off of the centerline. Pak Sau is a header for many different variations, but they all share an open palm/slapping aspect.
  • Lan Sau
    • AKA. Barrier Hand. Performed by maintaining a sharp elbow angle at close proximity to the opponent at a leverage that permits you to keep them turned away from you.
  • Bong Sau
    • AKA. Wing Hand. Performed by corkscrewing the forearm to change from a forward pointing motion to a lifted, angle positioned where the forearm is then horizontal in front of you.
  • Fook Sau
    • AKA. Submission Hand. Simply an elbow in, driving in the manner of a punch, but with no tension in the hand.
  • Man Sau
    • AKA. Asking Hand. Simply a lead hand in which its direction and purpose is to lead and be forward. Man Sau is a header for different variations, but they all share the aspect of being the lead hand.
  • Wu Sau
    • AKA. Protecting Hand. A hand which engages in tension forward (without retraction) in preparation for performing the following attack.
  • Tan Sau
    • AKA. Spread/Laying hand. Simply an elbow in, driving in the manner of a punch, but with the palm facing the sky.

Drill Names

  • Dan Chi
    • You may also refer to this as:
      • Single Hand Chi Sau
  • Chi Sau
    • Try not to refer to this as:
      • Sticking Hands (If you have hands that stick, washing your hands might be a solution)
  • Look Sau
    • Chi Sau, but segmented to resemble doing Dan Chi with one motion at a time.
  • Lap Sau
    • Same term and pronunciation as the single-handed movement listed above, but is also a core drill.
  • Gor Sau
    • Free form training in which you stick to the principals and the training that you have experienced from Ving Tsun. Will become more fluid and practical as training progresses.