Let’s Talk About Tan Sau

Today we continue the week to talk about Tan Sau!

I think Tan Sau is the most used technique in Wing Chun but I feel I haven’t been using it effectively enough when I’m in a pinch. The reason is because when it comes down to it, I try to muscle my Tan Sau against my opponent to see who’s stronger. Whether I’m stronger or not, this method requires way too much energy in the Tan Sau. The better way to solve it is to use the Tan Sau elbow power!

The idea is to relax instead of tense. If I tense, I will rely on my strength. If I relax, I rely on my technique. To use the elbow power, I have to be relaxed. Once relaxed, I simply drop my elbow towards my centerline to get into Tan Sau.

I encourage you to try this out so you can understand the difference between a tensed Tan Sau and a relaxed Tan Sau using elbow power. Then let me know what you think in the comments!

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