Chum Kiu

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Chum Kiu
Traditional Chinese 尋橋
Simplified Chinese 寻桥
Literal meaning bridge seeking

Chum Kiu is the second of three open-hand forms of Wing Chun Kung Fu. It builds upon many of the basic principles and techniques learned in the first Wing Chun open-hand form, Siu Nim Tao.[1] The form may also be called Chum Kil.[2]


Chum Kiu is a traditional open-hand form. It dates back to the Shaolin temple and the development of Wing Chun over two hundred years ago.

Technical aspects[edit]

Chum Kiu consists of a variety of techniques and movements designed to bridge the gap to an opponent, hence the name, Bridge Seeking Form.[3] Chum Kiu also builds upon arm and leg movements learnt in Siu Nim Tao to create a coherent fighting system.[4] This system is further expanded in the Biu Tze and Mook Yun Jong forms. Chum Kiu also teaches advancing footwork, complex hand shapes and body turns.[2]

Other aspects[edit]

Chum Kiu practice develops advanced stances and footwork,[2] develops techniques designed to control an opponent[3] and includes some simultaneous attack and defence techniques.[4] It is a far more dynamic form than Siu Nim Tao, and places significant emphasis on techniques slightly outside the centreline.[2]

Alternative versions of the form[edit]

Although many of the movements are similar, Chum Kiu varies significantly between schools. Some notable practitioners are viewable via the links to YouTube below. Many more variations also exist.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  3. ^ a b Wing Chun Kuen Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Welcome/ Intro Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.