Anatomical Planes of the Body

Anatomical Planes of the Body

The human body can be divided into various sectors, with the dividing lines represented by planes. The following are the major planes that we reference in Wing Chun:

Sagittal: Plane that runs down through the body, dividing the body into left and right portions. Subsections of the sagittal plane include the Midsagittal plane, which divides the body equally into left and right portions, and the Parasagittal plane, which is parallel to midline but does not divide into equal left and right portions.

Coronal (frontal): Plane that runs perpendicular to the sagittal plane and divides the body into anterior and posterior (front and back) portions.

The Sagittal and Coronal planes intersect and the body’s centerline or axis of rotation.

Transverse: Horizontal plane that divides the body into upper and lower portions; also called cross-section.

For an interesting overview of the various planes, with on-topic references to horror movies, check out the following video clip: