Excerpt from article by GM Chu Shong Tin
Siu Nim Tau
Siu Nim Tau is the basic form of Wing Chun. It comprises three specialties: (1) No need to exert force; (2) It possesses the strongest structure with the minimum use of energy; (3) It induces the release of mind force from a person.
Learning Siu Nim Tau is divided in to three stages.
Firstly, one must relax the muscles of the whole body. Then, he should infuse the spirit into the spine so that it is maintained straight. Contracting the anus is also important because it can help different parts of the body to form a unified structure.
The second stage is to practise in a completely relaxed state. When one is fully acquainted with all the moves, he should practise every move with the mind to initiate the movement without paying attention to whether the move is correct or not. He must ensure that every movement is initiated by the mind and not by the muscle.
After completing the training of the above two stages, it now comes to practise the main point of Siu Nim Tau. This is to learn how to release the mind force and the familiarization of the automatic reaction applying to fighting.
Expressing this kind of technique on paper is just like inventing a theory without experiment. One will not believe it unless he has experienced such techniques. Luckily, with the assistance of the video, a Wing Chun learner can have a chance to fully understand the techniques.
The important points of Siu Nim Tau can be grouped as follows:
The structure of the moves
The moves to be controlled by the mind
The input of mind force
The theory of center line
(1) The structure of the moves (a) The basic concept is to utilize the rotation of a circle to generate the force and to tolerate any force applied externally. This is due to the fact that anything of the same mass when in a circular shape can tolerate heavier force applied externally and generate greater driving force with minimum energy than in any other shape. The ' Tan Sau', ' Bong Sau' and ' Fook Sau' of Siu Nim Tau are the obvious examples of applying the principle of circular motion.
▪️Neck and back straight.
▪️Keep your head high and tight to the back of their shoulder.
▪️Drive your head diagonally up around their back.
O rola da queima de amêndoas continua, desta vez em Braga, na casa mãe do Minho, com a presença do mais novo membro da equipa, o Daniel "Hurley".
Paramos no dia da Liberdade, mas sexta, haaa sexta vamos lhe usar, OSU!
As I had mentioned before, I met Chris Hauter when I was in college around 19 years old and blue belt at the time. He was in the military and a purple belt. It was great to get on the mat with him after 26 years.
We had the opportunity to roll with each other a little bit and what I enjoyed most was to see how he was trying to analyze my game and every little movement as I was trying to do the same. It was one of the few times I had felt someone analyzing me and strategizing as much as I was doing to them. Even when it didn’t seem like a lot of things were happening on a physical level, there’s was a ton happening on a mental level. So much fun!