Little Idea

Learning Keys



What is Siu Lim Tao?



Siu Lim Tao is the first of three empty hand forms.  It is divided into three sections with each one having a different emphasis on how it is applied. Known as the Little Idea form it contains key elements that are also applied throughout the rest of the forms. These include:


  • Stillness of mind 

  • Relaxed body

  • Moving Meditation

  • Triangle structure

  • Focus on centreline

  • Spiral Rotations

  • Spatial awareness

  • Applied energy  

  • Chi flow

Siu Lim Tao is performed using a static triangle based stance with a focus on maintaining an erect spinal alignment.  All techniques have specific stopping points that help support a robust anatomical structure.

This is vital when learning to handle different types of forces found within the drills and fighting applications.  

It is important to practice Siu Lim Tao at least once a day so that the correct use of energy is developed.  It will also enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the Yin Yang principles.  A student who is both dedicated and diligent in their daily practice will soon reach an effortless and refined skill level.  This sets a solid foundation for everything else that you practice within the Wing Chun System.  

Learning keys

Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma


  • Pull in the chest, push out the upper back, and bring in the tail bone.

  • Fill the Tan Tien with chi and distribute the strength to all parts of the body.

  • Point the knees and toes inward.

  • Form a pyramid with the center of gravity in the center.

  • Fists are placed by the side of the ribs but not touching the body.

  • Sink the elbows, the shoulders, and the waist.

  • Hold the head and neck straight and keep the spirit alert.

  • Eyes are level, looking straight ahead, and watching all directions.

  • The mind is free of distractions and the mood is bright.

  • There is no fear when facing the opponent.

  • Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma is the main stance.

  • Develop a good foundation for advanced techniques.

Siu Lim Tau

  • Siu Lim Tau comes first; Do not force progress in training.

  • A weak body must start with strength improvement.

  • Do not keep any bad habit.

  • Yee Jee Kim Yeung Ma - Train the chi by controlling the Tan Tien

  • To maintain good balance of strength, grip the ground with the toes.

  • To release chi from the Dan Tien, will enable proper release of power.

  • Sink the elbow and drop the shoulders; Guarding the centerline to protect both flanks.

  • There are one hundred and eight moves, all practical and real; Thousands of variations can be used, aiming for practical use and not beauty.

  • Internally develop the chi; externally train the tendons, bones and muscles.

  • Tan Sau, Bong Sau, Fok Sau, Wu Sau, and Huen Sau; their wonder grows with practice.

  • Each movement must be clear and crisp. Timing must be observed.

  • Practice once a day, more will cause no harm.



Siu Lim Tao First Section

Siu Lim Tao Second Section

Siu Lim Tao Third Section