Sil Lum Tao (The Small Idea)

In order for any martial artist to fully grasp their style of choice they need to master the basics. This is Sil Lum Tao. The form is designed to enhance an artist's balance by the sturdy stances found in Wing Chun and even more importantly the artist learns abut the Centreline theory as described in the Principles of Wing Chun. To master a style an artist needs a firm foundation and through repetition of the various movements found in Sil Lam Tao this can be achieved.
With the hand movements and blocks including the preservation of energy an artist will begin their training with a small idea.

 

Chum Kil (Searching for the Bridge)

One of the main meanings of Chum Kil is "searching for the bridge." There are also secondary meanings including sinking the elbow but the main meaning is of great significance. Searching implies motion: an important function of learning Chum Kil. The bridge provides an important path to the opponent. Statically the bridge is the sleeve part of the forearm. Dynamically it means the contact point. If the bridge doesn’t exist, you make one, hence you search for a bridge in existence or quickly create one. Whatever the contact point or bridge, Chum Kil prepares one to seize the moment, in order to control the opponent "softly" without any unnecessary muscle tension.
The importance of efficient movement while using the hand movements simultaneously will give the artist an advantage in any situation. Positioning in relation to an opponent and their centreline is necessary to be successful.

 

Bil Jee (The Stabbing Fingers)

This is the capstone of the three interlinked hand forms of the martial art of Wing Chun Kung Fu. The many facets of Bil Jee cannot be done justice in a single brief write-up, but some important features are worthy of note. Bil Jee is the last of the hand forms and using everything learnt before, encapsulates the Wing Chun Unarmed Defence and Attack. The worst emergency in any situation is losing control of the centreline and Bil Jee is designed to assist in the recovery of the centreline, quickly and effectively.

Bil Jee’s circling steps also can quickly aid in recovering the momentum and the line. They can also cut off evasion or shifting by the opponent. The ducking down and then coming up motion towards the end can also aid in quick line control and in warding off some low and high attacks. The flying elbows of Bil Jee can save the day when the palms and fists do not quite have the line or are jammed and trapped.

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