Our students have heard in our lessons for over 30 years: Sau, Ngaan, San, Faat, Bou! ( 手 眼 身法 步 ). These five characters alone do not make any sense at all, but are just a series of different characters. These five characters are not to be understood as a complete sentence, but are similar to a proverb.
This saying or phrase falls into the same category as, for example, the expression "The four pillars of fighting", which describes the four main elements of fighting and in each effective one Martial arts should be present: kicking, punching, throwing and submitting.
In contrast to the "four pillars of fighting", unfortunately, one rarely hears the phrase about the "five elements of every movement" these days. But what exactly are these five elements and what does it mean?