march-2015

March 2015 – Class Notes: Biu Tze

This month in class, we focused on Biu Tze. Biu Tze is one of my favorite forms because it focuses on close quarter combat. My sifu says Biu Tze should only be used as a last resort because it means that all my defenses have been broken through.

This is the third month that I’m sharing my notes here. It’s also the third month in a row that I have posted new content to the blog! It’s already 3x more than what I posted last year, haha. I want to continue doing this every month and be consistent. You can read previous class notes here.

So, how does sharing class notes help me improve my training? This is why.

The purpose of these monthly class notes is to:

  • Reflect on what I learned
  • Look back on what I can improve
  • Inspire you to jot down your own notes and improve YOUR training
  • Share my goals and what I want to improve next
  • Get feedback from my peers
  • This month focused on Biu Tze.

    General

  • Biu Tze can be used to block and strike simultaneously as it is the straightest path to inflict a lot of damage while defending.
  • Add a torque to every movement even when grabbing.
  • The fingertips when Jum Sao begins and ends should be on the same line and be at the same height as the fingertips with Tan Sau.
  • Biu Tze

  • Any chop in the form is to the opponent’s neck. When striking, the arms should be visible to yourself and not past your back.
  • Three elbows

  • The first elbow in the form is over and down on the opponent’s center line.
  • The second strikes, from the top to bottom, diagonally across the opponent.
  • The third elbow cuts right across.
  • Elbow drills (Chi Sao)

  • While rolling, resting hand grabs and the rolling hand strikes with elbow over the opponent’s rolling hand.
  • The elbow behaves as a pin to the opponent but should be used as a close quarter strike in a live situation.
  • Foot work

  • Lead the opening of the form with the toes.
  • The movement is used to sweep opponent’s leading leg.
  • Final Notes

    There are a lot of little details in Biu Tze and I haven’t covered them all.

    The biggest takeaway from this month is applying the three type of elbows and sweeps. I don’t see either being used often in Wing Chun and would like to incorporate it more into my training.

    If this was interesting or helpful for you, please let me know in the comments. I’d also appreciate any feedback, thanks!

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