First level syllabus: (Beginner’s level)
The student should achieve the following after completing the 1st level
Siu Lim Tao: (the way of the little idea or little idea form)
It is the first traditional form in Wing Chun Kung Fu. There historical investigations that cover Siu Lim Tao form creation and the other forms are many and you can find evidence in the net of how the style came about for those who are interested in the history of this beautiful style and martial art. What is more important is the understanding of the philosophy and concept that constructs the art. As you get deeper in the study of Wing Chun you realize that it is without a doubt a martial art that was developed by very experienced martial artists who were I believe spiritual ( Their quest for self-knowledge through martial arts is evident in the philosophy that accompanies the combat art). they understood the anatomy of the body, the generation of power and energy, what works and what doesn’t in terms of combat arts, and last but not least the philosophy that goes hand in hand with any real martial art which provides balance in the practitioner’s life.
All individual movements used in the system are contained in Siu Lim Tao, hence its importance. It is the foundation of any practitioner. Think of it as the foundation of a house, the deeper and leveled it is the stronger the house. There is no leg movement in the form the feet only move to set up the stance (Goat stance); but a hip movement and a slight turn is introduced at the end of the form to introduce the next form “Chum Kiu”. It also introduces the martial artist to Qi Qung.
Siu Lim Tao practice: