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Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver Blog
Friday, 19 October 2007
Fit For Self-Defense - Wing Tsun form training
Above a few exercises of one of the most advanced Wing Tsun forms, the wooden dummy form, performed by Nilo Lida.

Health/Fitness/Strength training at Wing Tsun Kung Fu Vancouver: In my classes I often talk about the fact, that a Wing Tsun practitioner should not just be able to inflict pain (if absolutely necessary), but also know how to avoid and prevent pain.
Many of you have already made the experience, how many details one is discovering while practicing the Siu-Nim-Tau form over and over again. Sometimes wrongly interpreted as a beginners-only form, is the Little-Idea-Form of the Wing Tsun Kung Fu system also seen as a form of the master.
There are more than 430 muscles in the human body, which allow an enormous potential not just in the range of motion, but also in power development and the fluidity of motion. There is (almost) no part in our body without any function. But it is a sad fact that many people nowadays perform only a fraction of the movements their body is capable of doing, which leads eventually to a decrease in functionality and usability.

Our members have often heard about the benefits of the first form of the Wing Tsun Kung Fu system:
- exercising from short-term stretching towards long-term lengthening of muscles,
- increased mobility of muscles,
- better integration and usage of ligaments and tendons
- the learning of all basic techniques of our system
- breathing methods
- the benefits of an upright, yet deeply rooted, powerful and flexible stance
- amazing increase of punching power
- for many also a great form of meditation,
- a improvement in quality of life due to achieving a better range of motion, muscular balance,
… just to name a few points.

Almost every one of our ChiKung classes focuses on a different aspect of the form, even supportive and challenging partner exercises. The ChiKung Siu-Nim-Tau (SNT) form is probably the most valuable form of the Wing Tsun Kung Fu system. Beginning to understand the SNT form means:
- learning about the healing effects of the movements,
- target the relief of stress,
- conscious relaxation of the whole body,
- awareness of the use (or previous misuse) of muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints,
- special muscle extension and strengthening exercises,
- a physiological well functioning muscle structure, muscular balance,
- pain relief.

These are just a few points listing the value, meaning and contents of this extraordinary form. There is a Chinese saying in Wing Tsun: "Siu-Nim-Tau bad = Kung Fu bad"; which sometimes may take years to understand. Why? The more often you train the form, the more detail you pay attention to, the more you will feel the subtle changes in your performance.

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