Let’s Talk About Biu Tze

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

Let’s do Biu Tze together!

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

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

The 3 Elbows of Wing Chun

They may look subtly the same but each elbow does something different but there are actually 3 elbow strikes used in the Biu Tze form.

  1. Pinning Elbow – It is used to pin my opponent. It’s done by bringing my elbow up, around and over my opponent, then onto their chest. It’s essentially an elbow strike to the chest. The key thing is to neutralize my opponent’s two arms and strike.
  2. Striking Elbow – This starts off similar like the Pinning Elbow but instead of just going around the opponent, my elbow goes straight for the strike. This should be done while inside my opponent’s space.
  3. Blocking Elbow – Is done from the outside for blocking strikes or striking behind my opponent’s head in an intimate range.

Elbow Strike Your Opponent

An elbow strike can devastate your opponent but it does have a few weaknesses:

That being said, I never lead an attack with my elbows. I think the best way to use an elbow strike is when you follow it up from another strike. For example, I use Lop Sau to pull my opponent towards me, while disrupting their centerline, then I drive my elbow into them as I am pulling.

Also keep in mind that elbows should only be used close range and not from a far because elbows have shorter reach than a punch so you lose half the distance.

I show two examples here:

Elbow Strikes in Biu Tze

Here’s how the 3 elbow strikes are 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.

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.

Additional Notes


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