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The Beginner Form is the Most Important

The Siu Nim Tau form, Wing Tsun’s most basic set of movements, may be the perfect antidote to anxiety we hear about in modern people. The name of this form, Siu Nim Tau, means literally Little Idea Form. It is meant to convey the purpose of this set of movements. It is intended to be done slowly in a quiet environment with self-reflection and focus. It gives a student of Wing Tsun time to slow down everything, thinking, breathing, even one’s heart-beat with more natural breathing in the abdomen instead of high in the chest. If a focus is placed on abdominal breathing, it tends to reduce attention on shoulder tension.

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WE START YOU AT THE BEGINNING

We start you, the new student, at the beginning of the Wing Tsun journey learning self-discipline, exercising the body from the inside out, and self-confidence. The beginning movement set is the first form called Siu Nim Tau. It is important that a new student learn the essence of this form first. Siu Nim Tau is translated as “Little Idea Form.” The contains the essential basics that form the rest of the system.

The things you learn later, all have a representative movement within Siu Nim Tau.

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The First Few Martial Arts Defense Movements

In the first few martial arts defense movements one learns in Wing Tsun classes, it is not immediately apparent what the techniques could be used for. Wing Tsun kung-fu is like a car in that if one takes a mechanical part off the engine and show it to a student of auto mechanics, the student might not know how this helps to make the car run. This is because the car needs all the engine and drive train parts to make it run.

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Mind-Body Self-Defense

Leung Ting WingTsun® training starts out with the Siu Nim Tau form. This form is an important way to start your training. The first third of its 108 points are performed slowly. This allows a few things to take place. First, a beginning student or a practitioner can slow down from a hectic day. One can also contemplate the movements and correct any positions, flight path, and tension. The form contains a second and third section which build on the first section. The applications of all these movements are taught concurrently with the form over the next few student grades.

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Are You Healthy?

Many programs offer possible solutions to stress and correcting health issues but not all solutions are suitable for all people.  WingTsun™ offers the Siu Nim Tau set which is a series of movements done while standing. Siu Nim Tau is a relatively gentle series of movements, the first section of which is done very slowly. It involves a light meditative focus and a breathing component that can be escalated or left as a gentle, natural breathing. The advantage of this form of stress reduction is that it can be done in most any location. It has a small ‘footprint’ which does not require a large amount of space. It does not require sitting or lying on a floor and is a suitable form of training for an aspiring beginner martial artist. The movements have definite self-defense applications which are taught in subsequent classes.

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KUNG FU MOVES – THE QUIET MIND

It comes as no revelation that kung fu moves are Asian in origin. The cultures have several traditions that go back 5,000 or more years. Some of these traditions involve meditation that helps quiet the mental chatter that disturbs health and progress in one’s life.

Wing Tsun has a meditation that one can utilize and it is a prerequisite to more advanced forms of learning. It is called Siu Nim Tau. Some traditions focus on just this one thing – quieting the mind. Keep in mind that not every Siu Nim Tau session will be equally tranquil. It takes repeated sessions to get the hang of obtaining a tranquil state of mind.

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WING TSUN MARTIAL ARTS STRETCHING

The martial arts stretching methods we use are built-in to the Leung Ting WingTsun® system. The first stretching practice comes in the upper body stretching in the first form which is called Siu Nim Tau. Wing Tsun™ forms (kuen) are not used for performance purposes. They are intended for the student practitioner to improve him or herself.  

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Little things add up to plenty

 

Little things add up to plenty

Speaking as a Wing Tsun Self Defense instructor, in Wing Tsun, little things add up to plenty. The Leung Ting WingTsun® system works on skills, which is a difference from some performance-oriented martial arts wherein the goal is to look good. When working on skills, we teach the way things function for maximum results in a self defense situation. In the process of doing this, the student learns the way the body works and how to self-train at home between classes for self defense application.

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How Relevant is WingTsun Martial Arts Training to Your Life

Can we measure how relevant is WingTsun martial arts training to your life? Most assuredly not. However, in a way similar to when you were a child learning the ABCs of the English language, the first form of WingTsun™ called Siu Nim Tau contains the ‘ABCs’ of WingTsun. All of WingTsun’s ‘little ideas’ are in the form. The techniques are each represented in the sequence of movements which later are expanded greatly in separate applications to form sentences (fighting applications). Your first day at class is like your life at your first day in school as a first grade student.

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Wing Tsun is Ambidextrous

Wing Tsun is Ambidextrous

 Wing Tsun is Ambidextrous or rather a student learns to use both hands well with Wing Tsun hand techniques through the training. The martial art of Wing Tsun starts with a series of movements which has 108 points called the “Little Idea Form.’ The form gives life to the concepts which are just a starting point for further development of the student’s capabilities.

Wing Tsun is a self-defense system and therefore takes into account that one never knows what situation will be encountered in an effort to defend oneself. Your attacker does not care if you are ‘right-handed’ or ‘left-handed’ for example.

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