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" (Pinyin: xiăo niàn tóu/Jyutping: siu2 nim6 tau4). Several other translations are used by different organisations. The second form is called Chum Kiu.
Demonstrations of the form
Although many of the movements are similar, Siu Nim Tao varies significantly between schools and branches. In Ip Man’s Wing Chun Siu Nim Tao the first section of the form is done by training the basic power for the hand techniques by tensing and relaxing the arms. In Moy Yat’s Wing Chun the first section of the form is done without muscle tension and slowly in a meditative, calm, and being “in the moment”.
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- Siu Nim Tao - Sequence details Siu Nim Tau in photographs, shown courtesy of Marcelo Navarro, School Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kuen Europe.