How to Do a Tan Sao

How to Do a Tan Sao
This is a comprehensive Wing Chun lesson on Tan Sao. So if you want a step-by-step lesson that shows you everything there is to know about Tan Sao, you’ll love the actionable knowledge in this video.

So, what will you learn in this how-to lesson?

First you’ll learn what a Tan Sao is. I’ll detail 7 different points to know about WIng Chun’s Tan Sao.

Next I’ll answer the question of when to use a Tan Sao.

Lastly, I’ll breakdown some common mistakes make when doing a Tan Sao.

OK…

What is a Tan Sao??? And How Do You Use It?

  1. Tan Sao is an action not a static technique
  2.  Tan Sao is a palm up hand
  3. Tan Sao is a deflection or dispersing of energy
  4. Wing Chun uses the power of a triangle. The axis of their body is the apex of that triangle.
  5. The Tan Sao is an inside underneath hand. It deflects along the radial line. The radial line is basically the
    point finger line.
  6. The Tan Sao is an action of spiraling forwad drilling and corkscrewing towards your opponent. The pressure from them on a Tan Sao is outside. You’re releasing their pressure.
  7. Tan Sao’s are often used with simultaneous attack. The Tan Sao acts as the triangular deflective shield that disperses their energy away from your center. Simultaneously you attack on the other side of the Tan.

How to Use the Tan Sao

We divide the forearm into two sections… the Forte and the Foible. These are fencing terms. The forearm acts like the fencing foil. So the forte is the strong part of the sword or the strong part of our forearm. The foible is the weaker part.
Anytime pressure is applied to the forte, you’re gonna drop your arm into a Tan Sao and come around and  simultaneously attack.

2 Tan Sao Common Mistakes

  • Your shoulder must stay low and elbow stay in. A common error is shoulders start to come up and elbows start
    to come out. Don’t press your Tan Sao out. Make sure the energy goes forward to their center.

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