Wing Chun Terminology

This is a list of useful Wing Chun terms in both Chinese and English. Most schools will require you to know the Chinese names for the movements, so this list should help! Please note that this is by no means a complete list!

Wing Chun Combat Terms

Chinese

English

Au-Chong-kuen Hooking Punch
Biu-Tze-Sau Thrusting Fingers
Bok-Da Shoulder Strike
Bong-Gerk Outer shin bock with knee turned outward
Bong-Sau Wing-Arm
Chang-Sau Spade Hand
Chao-Chon-Kuen Lifting Punch
Chi-Sau Clinging Arms
Chiu-Min Jui-Ying Face to Face Pursuing Attack
Chuen-Kiu Piercing Arms
Com-Na-Sau Grabbing/Grappling Hand
Dai Che-lun-sau Big Wheeling Hands
Dai-Cheung Lower Palm Strike
Ding-Jarn Butting-Elbow
Dong-Sau Swinging Arm
Fak-Sau Whisking Hand
Fook-Sau Bridge-on Arm
Gaun-Sau Splitting Arm
Gum-Sau Pressing/Pinning Palm
Gwat-Sau Wiping Arm
Huen-Bo Circling Steps
Huen-Got-Sau Circling-Cutting Hand
Huen-Sau Circling Hand
Jark-Sun Gum-Sau Sideling Pinning Hand
Jark-Sun Ma Sideling Stance
Jik-Jarn Vertical Elbow
Jum-Sau Sinking Arm (palm vertical)
Jut-Sau Sinking Arm (palm horizontal)
Kau-Bo Plucking Steps
Kau-Sau Plucking Arm
Kup-Jarn Downward-Overhead Elbow
Kwai-Jarn Diagonal-kneeling Elbow
Kwun-Sau Rotating Arms
Lan-Sau Bar-Arm
Lap-Sau Deflecting Hands
Lat-Sau Freehand Fighting
Lau-Sau Scooping Arm
Lin Wan Chung Kuen Chain Punches
Lin-wan Bik-bo Non-Stop Breaching Steps
Man-Sau Forward Arm
Ong-Cheung Reverse Palm
Pak-Sau Sideward Palm
Pie-Jarn Horizontal Hacking Elbow
Poon-Sau Rolling Arms
Saam By-Tze Triple Swinging Fingers
Shang Lan-Sau Double Bar-Arm
Shat-Geng-Sau Throat-Cutting hand
Sheung-har Gaun-Sau High and Low Splitting-Arms
Tai-Sau Lifting Arm
Tan-Gerk Forward and upward leg block
Tan-Sau Palm Up Arm
Tut-Sau Arm Freeing
Un-Wan-Kuen Chain Punch
Wu-Sau Rear Guarding Arm
Yat-Gee-Chun-Kuen Thrusting Punch
Yee-Gee-Kim-Yeung-Ma Character ‘Two’ Adduction Stance

Other Chinese Terms

Chinese

English

Boon Half
Chin Front
Hau Back
Jor Left
Ko High
Noi-Kung Attainment of internal strength
Se-Lik Force Unloading
Shang Double
Sidai Junior Kungfu Brother
SiHing Senior Kungfu Brother
Sije Senior Kungfu Sister
Simui Junior Kungfu Sister
Yau Right
Yik-Fu-Kup Reverse Breathing