An observer may note that WingTsun™ practitioners repeat the circling of the wrist numerous times during the course of practicing a WingTsun form (kuen). Is this just an obsession? No it is not. The founder must have thought that this was an important practice and it is. In fact it is has been referred to as part of the “chi kung” of WingTsun. It is a strength-building and beneficial exercise to be sure. However like all WingTsun movements, wrist circling has a very practical and extensive number of applications.
If we have to deal with a right-handed straight punch from any style of fighting aimed at our chest and approaching a little to the left of our center and our left hand is the nearest hand, the economical answer is not to switch hands to accommodate a technique that we are more familiar with or more to our liking! The WingTsun answer is to deal with this attack as it exists, with our left hand (a taoist principal). In keeping with a WingTsun principal to “move to the center-line”, we make left-handed contact with the punch on the inside and our hand is palm-up (tan sau). However our trained tactile sense feels the pressure of this attacker’s hand to our right, in essence, crossing pressure to our right. The best answer is to use wrist circling to move our hand to the outside and form a protective hand (wu sau) to deflect this punch on its merry way further to our right. WingTsun practitioners will simultaneously strike, this time with our other hand. Explaining this process took approximately one minute and twenty seconds of non-speed reading aloud. The real-time action would take about one and a half seconds.