Siu Nim Tao
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|Siu Nim Tao|
|Literal meaning||little thought/idea|
Siu Nim Tao or Siu Lim Tao is the first open-hand form, or taolu, of Wing Chun kung fu. The name is a loose translation of the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese characters "小念頭" (Putonghua: xiăo niàn tóu/Jyutping: siu2 nim6 tau4). Several other translations are used by different organisations. The second form is called Chum Kiu.
Siu Nim Tao can be used as a form of moving and breathing meditation. In addition, it increases student concentration and focus. The form is also used extensively to develop forward energy in Wing Chun practitioners.
Demonstrations of the form
Although many of the movements are similar, Siu Nim Tao varies significantly between schools and branches.
The first form in Wingchun
- Siu Nim Tao - Sequence details Siu Nim Tau in photographs, shown courtesy of Marcelo Navarro, School Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kuen Europe.