Let’s Talk About Biu Tze

Biu Tze is the third open hand Wing Chun form I learned.

Today we’re going to do Biu Tze together!

Before we do, I want to tell you why I share my forms.

It’s a way to…

– Review my form – It’s a good way to spot any mistakes I make. It also lets me see the things I can work on to improve my form.

– Get feedback – Getting feedback, from viewers like you, helps a lot because you guys can spot things I don’t notice. Plus, it’s always nice to receive constructive feedback!

– Help others – When I first started Wing Chun and learning the forms, I had a lot of trouble memorizing the movements and I often mix up parts of the form. I think having a visual reference helps a lot! For me, I found a book called Wing Chun Kung Fu that had photos of all the open hand forms. But I believe, watching a video is much more useful. So I hope this can help you when you’re forgetting sections of the form.

Let’s get into the Biu Tze form! If you know the form, feel free to follow along!

Please leave any feedback for my form in the comments!

Elbow Strikes in Biu Tze

Today we’re gonna talk about how the 3 Elbow Strikes are used in Biu Tze.

In the last episode, we talked about the 3 elbows. In this one, I want to go over how they’re used in Biu Tze.

To understand that, I want to quickly go over the Elbow Strike part of Biu Tze.

In the Biu Tze form, when we complete an Elbow Strike, the hand, of the arm that elbows, grabs the opponent and Lop Saus. The momentum from the Lop Sau brings the opponent towards my opposite Elbow Strike or Biu Tze.

With that said, let’s go through the 3 Elbow Strikes in the Biu Tze form.

Pinning Elbow – Pin the opponent then Lop Sau, use that momentum to Pin from the outside. Then Lop Sau again to Pin from the other side. Then end with a Lop Sau on the inside to Biu Tze.

Striking Elbow – This strike is done from the inside. Right after, I go for the Lop Sau on the inside and Biu Tze.

Blocking Elbow – This is a block from the outside into a Lop Sau on the inside then Biu Tze.

As with any new ideas, I recommend testing them to see if they work for you. If they do, add them to your library of techniques. If not, discard them. Let me know how it works out for you.

Also, my question for you is, how do your elbows strike work in Biu Tze? Let me know in the comments!

Additional Notes

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.
  • Additional Notes

  • Practice elbow strike + grabbing
  • The ending swinging arms are 3 forward and on the 4th, go all the way down
  • Biu Tze starts from elbow not the armpit
  • Grab + elbow happens at the same time in one motion
  • Fist to chest is pulled all the way back, even in Chi Sao counters
  • The final position of an elbow strike should end with wrist lower than the elbow
  • 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.

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