Forms are practice sequences that help students internalize certain movements without the stress associated with partner training. Each form has its own very specific subject matter and teaches specific related skills.
The idea of weapons-dynamics has been woven into the empty hand techniques of the system from the earliest stages of its development. This means that every student of any of our schools is exposed to basic weapons techniques from his first day of training. The student realizes long before learning the long pole techniques that he must deal with and acquire a certain fundamental and functional strength, even while learning a system that is otherwise known for its flexibility and “softness.”
Likewise, mastery of body dynamics is combined with intelligent footwork and certain pre-cognitive abilities before the student learns to use the double knives or “Bart Cham Dao” – the highest form of the system. As a result, students learn to effectively defend themselves long before they learn the entire system. Our system consists of six weaponless forms and two weapons-forms:
SNT = Siu Nim Tau (“Little Intent” or “Little Idea”) focuses on isolated arm movements.
CK = Chum Kiu (“Seeking Arms”) teaches complex technical sequences in motion.
KT = Kuen To - a boxing form that builds conditioning and punching power
BJ = Biu Jee (“Thrusting/Slinging Fingers”) loosens and frees the joints, including the spinal cord
MYC = Mook Yan Chong (Wooden Dummy Form) is aimed at impulse-response training for the whole body
SSC = Saam Sing Chong (Tripodal Dummy Form) teaches footwork and kicking techniques
(The spelling is irrelevant. Every lineage has its own spelling. Important is the content or meaning). These empty-hand forms and their applications contain the whole system with all of its teachings.
LDBG = Lok Dim Boon Gwan (“Six-and-a-Half Point Long Pole Form
BJD = Bat Jam Dao (“Eight-Cutting Broad Swords”) Form
The two weapon forms constitute additions to the system that are well worth learning, but are often overrated. They serve to teach and deepen the understanding of the focal principles that already should have been learned during weaponless training..