Wing Chun Forms
There are six forms in Wing Chun: four empty hand forms, and two weapons forms. Here at Cobra Wing Chun you will have the opportunity to train in all six forms, as nothing is held back. Though the forms may be simple to pick up, they are complex in their understanding. They are key to your Wing Chun training, and should be practised daily.
Sil Lim Tau the first form
Sil Lim Tau (little idea), sometimes referred to as Siu Nim Tao, is the first of the hand forms of Wing Chun Kung Fu. It teaches the student the basics of the martial art. The form has been adapted and changed over the last few hundred years, but it is thought that the form was inspired by movements from both crane style kung fu and snake style kung fu. The form has evolved differently as styles of Wing Chun diverged.
Chum Kiu the Second Form
Chum Kiu (Seeking the Bridge) builds on the base of knowledge learned in the first form. Chum Kiu introduces the student to footwork and how to utilise the techniques learnt in Sil Lim Tau in practical application.
Biu Gee the third form
Biu Gee (thrusting/darting fingers) is sometimes also referred to as Biu Tse, Biu Jee or even Bil Gee. Despite the different spellings the pronunciation in Cantonese is the same. Biu Gee is the third empty hand form of the Wing Chun Kung Fu system and was traditionally only taught to close or trusted Wing Chun students. Usually students who had been training for a longer period of time. As a result, the Biu Gee form will vary most between lineages, even within Ip Man linage.
Muk Yan Jong the forth form
Muk Yan Jong (wooden dummy/wooden man) is probably the most popular of Wing Chuns forms. It utilises the techniques and footwork learnt in the previous forms. Training on the wooden dummy enhances the students positioning and efficiency of movement.
Luk Dim Boon Kwun the fifth form
Luk Dim Boon Kwun literally means six and a half point pole. The techniques in this form are generally taught as the first of the weapons forms in Wing Chun Kung Fu. The pole form is the shortest of the Wing Chun forms although is quite difficult to master as it is traditionally performed with a nine and a half foot long pole.
Baat Cham Dao the sixth form
The Baat Cham Dao literally means eight cutting knives. Baat is the number 8, Cham is to cut or slash and Dao refers to a single edged blade like a knife or sword. This is usually the final form taught to a Wing Chun Student. Ip Man only taught seven of his students this form in his entire life.