Seeking The Bridge

Learning Keys


What is Chum Kiu?



Chum Kiu is the second of the three empty hand forms.  It is divided into three sections with each one showing a different emphasis on simultaneous stepping, turning and hand techniques.  Known as "seeking the bridge" form, with the theory that you need to be in contact with your attacker to decide on how you will deal with the situation.  It teaches you to have control and an awareness of your unified body whilst turning, stepping and releasing energy.  Some aspects include:




  • Creating new centre lines

  • Generating torque by turning

  • Stepping and deflecting

  • Two-way energy

  • Closing the gap

  • Sinking and controlling

  • Kicking




Chum Kiu utilises what has been learned from Siu Lim Tau.  It then brings the movements to life with the stepping and kicking motions found throughout this form.


One of the important aspects of the Chum Kiu form is to be able to unify the body and keep the correct structure whilst conducting agile movements. This is to ensure that when receiving force it is deflected, absorbed or returned without receiving unnecessary pressure or relying on brute force and strength.  

The form also addresses being able to deal with multiple attacks through the understanding of shifting the body quickly and efficiently in any direction. 


The result of learning and practicing these skills enables the practitioner to perform stepping, turning, hand techniques and directing chi flow as one unified expression.

Learning keys

Chum Kiu



  • Chum Kiu trains the stance and the waist; the arm bridge is short and the step is narrow.


  • Eyes are trained to be alert; the chi flows in a perpetual motion.


  • Strive to remain calm in the midst of motion; loosen up the muscles and relax the mind.


  • Turning the stance with a circular movement will allow superior generation of power.


  • When the opponent's arm bridge enters my arm bridge, use the escaping hand to turn around the situation.


  • Pass by the opponent's incoming arm bridge from above, without stopping when the countering move has started.


  • Lan Sau and Jip Sau put an opponent in danger.


  • Do not collide with a strong opponent; with a weak opponent use a direct frontal assault.


  • A quick fight should be ended quickly; no delay can be allowed.


  • Use the three joints of the arm to prevent entry by the opponent's bridge; jam the opponent's bridge to restrict his movement.


  • Create a bridge if the opponent's bridge is not present; nullify the bridge according to how it is presented.


  • The arm bridge tracks the movement of the opponent's body; when the hands cannot prevail, use body position to save the situation.


  • Using short range power to jam the opponent's bridge, the three joints are nicely controlled.


  • Where is the opponent's bridge to be found? Chum Kiu guides the way.



Chum Kiu First section

Chum Kiu Second Section

Chum Kiu Third Section