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THE WING CHUN FIRST FORM : "Sui Nim Tao"

The first martial arts training form of Wing Chun is called "Sui Nim Tao" (in Cantonese) which literally translates as "Little Idea". The concept behind this form is to keep your training simple! Conceptually the form teaches the Wing Chun practitioner not only the basic tools, structures, and shapes of this martial art, but also the correct energy and focus of these shapes.

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Improving Close Range Fighting Skills: The practice of the third form

Within the martial arts systems there are many that focus on fighting at extreme close range. In fact, the majority of different cultures around the world have their own particular histories that relate to the practice of close quarter martial arts combat. Variations in close quater fighting include martial arts such as: Muay Thai, Wrestling, boxing, Jujitsu, and of course the infamous Wing Chun Kung Fu fighting system.

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Balance and Body Structure

As in any martial art balance is an important aspect of the Wing Chun fighting system. The Chum Kiu Form (2nd form) of the Wing Chun system has a great emphasis on structure, balance and Speed. An alternative way of looking at this is combination is that a well balanced body can move quicker and response to pressure more effectively. When applying Wing Chun or practicing the 2nd form, the trunk of the body is always kept upright to improve speed.

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How to Punch

The centreline punch is the defining martial arts technique of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Punches are delivered in fast successive flurries, with the elbow pulled in and close to the body for support and structure. Indeed, the Wing Chun punch is a structure supported by the weight of the practitioner.

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Returning Energy

On first sight of the Chum Kiu Form (2nd form), one will notice that the practitioner spends a considerable amount of time turning on the spot. Indeed, the Chuen Ma, or Turning Stance, is another unique and vital element in the Wing Chun Kung Fu system. Normally, Chuen Ma is applied in response to an attacker pressing in towards the fighter's Centre Line. The effect is that the attacker is deflected to the side.

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