Three Forms – Part 4
In Síu Lihm Tào 小念頭, we first learn develop Gūng Lihk 功力 – Internal Strength and then Faat Gihng 發勁 – Releasing Power. In the third part of the form we learn some basic techniques, like Tāan Sáu 攤手 – Opening Hand, Bóng Sáu 膀手 – Wing Hand, Fuhk Sáu伏手 – Resting On Hand, Wuh Sáu 護手 – Guarding Hand and of course punching, palm strikes, chopping. Of course there a lot more besides the ones we learn in the first form.
If we watch someone practising any of the Wing Chun Forms, Síu Lihm Tào, Tsum Kìuh 尋橋or Bīu Zī 標指, unless we know the form, we will not understand the applications of the movements. For example, Bóng Sáu, Fuhk Sáu, Tok Sáu 托手- Lifting Hand, Chìhn Yan Jéung 前印掌- Front Palm Strike and Hauh Yan Jéung 後印掌 – Rear Palm Strike. Even some people who have learnt Wing Chun still do not understand them. So having a good Sīfú 師父 is really important, as he or she can tell you the applications, which makes sense, and also following the Wing Chun principle. Once you understand the basic techniques, you can work out a lot of other techniques and even find techniques that are not in any of the forms. So once we are good enough, we should find techniques that are not in any form, but they are still part of Wing Chun techniques, which need us to discover.