Another wing chun question worth sharing


I had an interesting question put forward from Nick K (in the U.S. I think), who was happy for me to share this with you:


Nick K

JUNE 7, 2017 AT 12:13 AM


Hello everyone, hope all is well. I have a quick question about the progression of the beginner lessons. First let me say that this website is very informative and easy to follow. The question I have is about the Siu lim tau form. It seems odd that it is not covered in one of the first lessons of the beginner section. Is there any reason why its not covered right away? I feel that it will drastically help build your muscle memory before attempting the different strikes and what not. Thanks for your time and for putting this wonderful website together.


Sifu Colin Ward

JUNE 7, 2017 AT 8:37 AM


Hi Nick and first of all I must thank you for your very kind words.


The answer is that, in order to learn any style you must follow 3 stages:

1/ Learn the shapes (positions)

2/ Learn how to use them to defend yourself

3/ Learn how to defend and counter attack

So in reverse order, any fool can strike, but you need to be able to defend that strike, but you need to know what you are going to defend that strike with.

And the same can be said for Siu Lim Tau.

SLT means ‘Little idea’ and it’s called that because the only thing you are thinking of is developing energy, but how can you give this 100% if a percentage of your brain is still trying to remember the sequence, and even more so if you are still trying to remember what the position should look like?

So it is for this reason that in the beginner course we must look at learning just the shapes first, later we can learn how to use them and get the most out of them.

I hope this helps?


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