The forms are the blueprint and DNA of the Wing Chun system. They are not just a collection of martial movements and applications but key to understanding the underlying structure and principles of Wing Chun. Each of the forms you learn adds another layer to your understanding of the art.
There are three empty hand forms in Wing Chun: Siu Nim Tao, Cham Kiu and Biu Jee, the Wooden Dummy (108 techniques) and two weapon forms (Pole and Butterfly Knife).
Each of the forms will teach you different martial applications, structure and power concepts. They build upon each other and need to be learned in this sequence.
For instance, Siu Nim Tao teaches forward and backward power, Cham Kiu side to side (left and right) and Biu Tze from all angles and directions.
After learning the physical moves, concepts and applications, the student will learn Qi Gong to integrate breath, qi and mind (intention). The platform for our qigong training is the Siu Nim Tao Qigong from. This practice will then carry over into the other forms.
As stated Wing Chun – compared to other Chinese Martial Arts – does not have many forms but they are profound and offer the practitioner a path to growth and lifelong learning.