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“Siu Nim Tao” are the Chinese words from the Cantonese dialect for the first form in the Ving Tsun Kung Fu and it is quite an appropriate name. Taken word for word, Siu mean small, young or embryonic; Nim means idea, thought or reason; and Tao means the head or the start. Joined together, Siu Nim Tao translates as “The Little Beginning Idea.”
Siu Nim Tao is the seed that begins the growth of certain attributes necessary in Ving Tsun. One important development is the training of “Inside Power”. This energy is not a mystical internal strength, as has been exaggerated in many martial art tales. It is quite simply a label for the ability to meet an opponent’s force with just the right amount of energy to stop it.
Since economy of movement and energy are mainstays of Ving Tsun Kung Fu, it is important that each action be smooth and effective. The body must respond without hesitation and be able to protect itself with a minimal amount of expression. It is for this reason that the “Centerline” is such a vital factor to Siu Nim Tao.
“Chum Kiu” translated literally from Cantonese, means “Looking for Arms”, or “Looking for the Bridge.” The bridge is defined as the distance between your body and your boundaries. The legs and arms are this bridge. One’s boundaries are marked by the greatest length which your body can reach.
The meaning of the words Chum Kiu is not supposed to be taken literally. It’s simply a title for a group of movements which are used to develop a crucial attribute, balance. Without understanding this real purpose of Chum Kiu, many movements might seem technically or strategically illogical.
“Biu Jee”, the third and last form of the Ving Tsun Kung system, represents a graduation to the rank of Sifu. Biu Jee has been translated as “Flying Fingers,” which is a misnomer. The actual meaning of Biu Jee is “Standard Compass.” Since Biu Jee is the least publicized form in Ving Tsun, there are a lot of questions which remain about the purpose of its movements. After all, Siu Nim Tao shows how to occupy the centerline; Chum Kiu shows how to balance and coordinate. What else is there then? To begin with, Biu Jee was designed to train the hands to return quickly to the centerline from different areas and angles; and related to this, to recover the body safely to a balanced position from an awkward one.
Muk Yan Jong is a training device exclusive to Ving Tsun. It is the final stage of training for hand and foot techniques. Therefore, those who have studied the 108 Muk Yan Jong techniques must have first achieved a high level of proficiency in the art of Ving Tsun. Those who truly know all these techniques number but a few. Of those few, only a handful were taught by Yip Man himself.
Luk Dim Boon Kwan, literally 6 1/2 point pole, uses the shoulder as the centerline. The power from the long bridge of the two arms is concentrated into one point and is shot out to the different positions called for by the form.The Kwan employs only six and one half techniques, the last of which being the half which is a rapid downward movement from the chest.