The Core Structure and Principles of Siu Nim Tao
As the first open hand form within the Wing Chun Kung Fu system, Siu Nim Tao has the important job of introducing practitioners to basic body structure, and the structure of all the open hand techniques within the system.
The Little Ideas, or Small Ideas as it is called represents all structured movement within the system, but it doesn’t only teach structure but also helps practitioners build ideas of how to utilize these structured movements.
At the beginning of the form, root is gained by sliding feet out to proper width, then pressing the hips and pelvis forth to engage the spine and muscles across the back, around the core all the way down the legs to the floor to create a solid postured body mass.
In practicing this posture the practitioner will eventually be able to feel the proper width of this stance and recognize their body engaging in a very structured root, stance, or ma.
As the hands and arms engage into bridging postures, Iron Bridge theories are practiced as mucsle memories are created and tendons ligaments are toned, strengthened.
The open hand movement in Siu Nim Tao is intend to train the practitioner, how to properly strike powerfully within a limited distance, the limits within their upper, middle and lower gates while keeping the bodies posture or root, structured and sound.
Through out the practice of this hand form students are encouraged to use Lok Nim or use the mind to visualize actual use of every hand posture. In coupling these hand movement with the mind, a very powerful connection is created.
As practitioners progress through the system reflection on the core principles of Siu Nim Tao give the practitioner an opportunity to fine tune all the structures needed to create solid a kung fu repertoire and true warrior fighting skill.
Train hard, be well and much respect.
Sifu Lawrence Ramirez
Founder Pacific Wing Chun Kung Fu Association.
Chief Instructor Hawaii Wing Chun Kung Fu Association.