What is the purpose of training Siu Nim Tao?

  • What is the purpose of training Siu Nim Tao?

    Posted by Alexander Jones on 16th December 2020 at 10:44 am

    What is the purpose of training the first section of the form (Siu Nim Tao) slowly? Has anyone achieved anything tangible from training the form in this manner and how did it improve your Wing Chun skills?

    Jonnas Baines replied 3 years, 2 months ago 2 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Jonnas Baines

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    16th December 2020 at 12:19 pm

    The Saam Pai Fut – “Praying Thrice to Buddha” section of the form is used to develop a type of “mind force” or “intent” if you will, that is specific to Wing Chun. The reason it is performed slowly is because it is a training method and “mind force” takes time to develop. I believe Grandmaster Ip Man said that the first section should take at least 30 minutes to perform.

  • Alexander Jones

    Member
    16th December 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Interesting, what is the reason you call the first section “praying thrice to buddha?” I wasn’t aware that Wing Chun had a Buddhist connection?

  • Jonnas Baines

    Member
    16th December 2020 at 2:59 pm

    This is the explanation my teacher taught me: The reason it is called “Praying Thrice, or Praying three times to Buddha” is because the body sinks and rises three times during the Tan Sau Fook Sau movements, which resembles a person bowing three times to Buddha. Wing Chun embodies Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucious teachings as the system was created by Ng Mui, a Buddhist nun and kungfu master from the Southern Shalon Temple.

  • Alexander Jones

    Member
    16th December 2020 at 10:50 pm

    @jonnasb under which lineage of Wing Chun did you study?

  • Jonnas Baines

    Member
    16th December 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Hello Alex, my sifu taught me Foshan Wing Chun, as taught by Master Lun Gai, one of Ip Man’s original students. The Foshan forms are different from the forms Ip Man later taught in Hong Kong, as it’s common knowledge that Ip Man simplified the original forms after leaving China, making the forms simplified and more straightforward for new students to learn.

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