How to Do a Pak Sau in Wing Chun

Learn how to do a Pak Sau from Sifu Alex Richter in this Howcast Wing Chun video.

Okay, so now we’re just going do a real simple exercise for practicing the Pak punch application. As I explained before, at least in my opinion, Pak Sau punch works much better as a preemptive tool as opposed to a block against a punch when somebody’s coming you with a really stiff, really hard punch. It’s not always easiest thing in the world to try to Pak Sau somebody’s punch out of thin air. It’s also not easy to move it when it’s coming full power. So I offer using Pak Sau just when your opponent maybe gets too close to you, he’s about to load you up for a shot and you just go in and shut him down. So I prefer it as a kind of preemptive thing.

So the exercise we’re going do here is we have one person just stand in a non-typical, non-Wing Chun guard. Street fighter, whatever, it doesn’t really matter. And we’re gonna focus on using the Pak Sau when the opponent or the attacker gets a little bit too close. You’re going to see, Kaiu’s going to close the gap the moment his attacker gets too close and shut him down with Pak Sau. First we’re just going to do with the Pak Sau punch.

Okay, again, alright.

This right here, okay. To the elbow, alright. There you go.

So as you see here the Pak Sau is done primarily to the elbow because we always wanna always wanna be a little careful as we Pak Sau here’s the forearm, the elbow can slip in. If you Pak Sau a little bit too high, you don’t have good control of the elbow, or the arm I should say. So the elbow, especially for the side arm position, is the ideal place to do the Pak punch.

Okay. Once the soon as the students get accustomed to that we can start to add chain punches as the follow up. So he’s going to do the Pak Sau, and then follow up with chain punches and step in. Alright? So if we do that again, you’ll see a very important element if can we do it in slow motion. Once he does the Pak Sau punch, when he does the chain punches he’s going to be stepping into put constant pressure on his partner. If you don’t step in, if you just fan your partner’s face with chain punches without stepping in he’s still free to retaliate, free to punch, and he’s not feeling any pressure. So it’s very important when we practice Wing Chun not to stand in one place and just trade punches like this, but to actually go in and put pressure and force our opponent into a defensive posture.