Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 316

First Section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 – Pt1

Hold the proper Tāan Sáu position

Many of you might know that when we do the first section of Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭 we should perform it very slowly. But how slow should we be? This depends on how slow you can go and how long you want to do the form for. So what are the benefits of slow movement?

The first section is for building up Gūng Lihk功力. Gūng Lihk is the power of the skill, like the engine in a car, the bigger the engine the more power it has. This means the longer we can do the first section for, the more power we can generate.  This is because the Qi and blood circulation will be stronger, the bones will stronger and the legs will be bigger. This is why the movements should be slow. However  Hōi Máh 開馬 – Open the Stance, Mark the Centreline and Chūng Kyùhn 冲拳 – Punch should all be done at a normal speed. We should move slowly when we start to move the Tāan Sáu 攤手. If we are going to practise for half an hour, then the Tāan Sáu should take roughly three minutes. The middle finger of the Tāan Sáu should be at the Centre, throat height with the elbow in and two fists in front of the chest.  For the last 20 seconds or so we should hold this proper Tāan Sáu position, as holding this for a while to help us to train the correct position of the Tāan Sáu.

2 replies
  1. Robin Bray
    Robin Bray says:

    Hi sijo,

    Incredible insight into the siu lihm tao, I’ve been doing a siu lim tao daily, every morning at dawn, gradually building up my times and I still find 30 minutes difficult. My question being is there recommendation from yourself as to how long I should aim to do the first section of the form? 1 hour max? If so how will this benefit my wing chun as a whole?

    Many thanks

    • admin
      admin says:

      Thank you for your question.

      Build up slowly. If you can already do 30mins, practise that until it becomes easier. If you can do this everyday then that it good. Then when you have more time you can try and go longer until you reach an hour or even more. The more reguloarly you practise the stronger your Gong Lihk will become.


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