Siu Nim Tao is the first and fundamental form of Wing Chun, and its name can be translated to little idea.
This implies that its practice relies mainly on developing a particular state of mind which we can call ‘Nim Tao’. The ultimate goal of this practice is to initiate every movement with ‘Nim Tao’ which is only possible through the use of a correct and undivided type of focus.
The type of power originating from this state of mind, is unlike the force created by brute muscular strength. Muscles when contracted can only give out a limited amount of force but when mindfully relaxed, they are able to withstand and produce enormous power. Beginners are often skeptical of this power of ‘Mindful relaxation’, nonetheless, its existence is very real and tangible.
While performing Siu Nim Tao, the flow of ‘Nim Tao’, which is a particular kind of mindfulness, should remain uninterrupted and constant. After prolonged practice in this way, when the ideas in every movement have been correctly developed, and the usage of every structure fully explored and familiarized, tremendous yet effortless power is always at one’s disposal.
Within this stage, the entire body starts to fill up with ‘Chi’ or as Grandmaster CST called it ‘Nim Lik’, which is a type of energy released through the control of a highly focused mind.
And once successfully attained, ‘Nim Lik’ or ‘Chi’ acts as a kind of endless energy, leading to a vibrant mind, a healthier body and a happier life.