Focus your attention

We have more distractions than ever today with the internet, mobile phones and other hand-held devices, work, play, transportation, personal relations and on and on. It therefore becomes more and more important that we learn to focus our attention on something that should be simple. How does one do that, one may ask?

Martial arts are usually divided up into learning sections called forms. Some martial arts have a dozen or more forms, others have a lot fewer. Leung Ting WingTsun® has three forms before the student reaches the highest levels at the wooden dummy set.

The first form is called Siu Nim Tau which is begun on the very first day of learning. It is uniquely designed to require your complete attention. It is no small surprise that beginners have a hard time maintaining their attention on this simple exercise! The Siu Nim Tau is a lot like Buddhist meditation because the idea is to keep the mind on a small thought. Siu Nim Tau actually means “Little Idea Form.” The Siu Nim Tau form is a healthy way to get and maintain a healthy frame of mind as well as body.

– Sifu Keith Sonnenberg