What is Siu Lim Tao?

Wing Chun

Siu Lim Tao

Siu Nim Tao is the first open-hand form, or taolu, of Wing Chun kung fu. The name is a loose translation of the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese characters “小念頭” (Putonghua: xiăo niàn tóu/Jyutping: siu2 nim6 tau4). Several other translations are used by different organisations. The second form is called Chum Kiu.

Other aspects

Siu Nim Tao can be used as a form of moving and breathing meditation. In addition, it increases student concentration and focus. The form is also used extensively to develop forward energy in Wing Chun practitioners.

Demonstrations of the form

Although many of the movements are similar, Siu Nim Tao varies significantly between schools and branches.