Huen Sau translates as ‘Circling, Controlling Hand’. We often focus on the circling part, especially when working forms like Siu Nim Tao.
The hand should not actually draw a circle. It should trace a shape more like a U – down, under, and up.
When thinking about a circle, or tracing one with your hand, the hand remains under and outside of the opponent’s wrist or arm too long, offering little to no protection against the continual forward pressure or a renewed forward movement of the opponent.
If you think about a U while performing Huen Sau, the thumb quickly comes up from the underside of the movement. The thumb and thumb-pad provide a sensor and a barrier – a way to sense any forward pressure or renewed movement, and a barrier to block or deflect that pressure.
A short video for you to contemplate…
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