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Wing Tsun Grading System

Forms in the Wing Tsun system are sets of movements that serve as catalogues or references of the correct Wing Tsun movements and positions. They also help develop in the student key attributes such as balance, relaxation, coordination, proper breathing, flexibility, and strength. Performance of the forms warms up and energizes the body, making the forms useful as warm-up exercises preceding more strenuous training. The forms do not represent simulated fights or set combinations, and should be performed in a smooth and relaxed manner.

Siu-Nim-Tao (Little Idea)
This form, learned in the first few lessons, consists of a set of arm movements performed while the student maintains the WingTsun "internal rotation adduction stance." Maintaining this stance strengthens the lower body for improved balance, kicking, and footwork. Simultaneously, the student learns to relax the upper body and breathe properly while learning all of the basic arm movements and concepts of the WingTsun system.

Chum-Kiu (Bridge-Seeking)
This form, learned in the 4
th Student Grade, introduces footwork and kicks in close coordination with various combinations of arm movements. The student gains balance in movement and learns to use the entire body to generate power

Biu-Tze (Thrusting Fingers)
This form, learned in the 2
nd Technician Grade, introduces the more deadly attacking methods of the WingTsun system. The student also learns various "last-ditch" movements that may be applied to deal with extreme emergencies.

Mook-Yan Chong Fa (Wooden Dummy Techniques)
This form, learned in the 4
th Technician Grade, is practiced with a training dummy composed of a trunk, three arm references, and a leg. Training on the dummy refines the student's positions and angles and helps develop explosive power. The various arm, leg, and body combination techniques contained in this form are also some of the most efficient and economical in the entire Wing Tsun system.

Look-Dim-Boon-Kwun Fa
(Six-and-a-half-point Long Pole Techniques)

This form, learned in the 6
th Practician Grade, is practiced with a heavy wooden pole 8-9 feet in length and teaches the student how to wield a long and/or heavy weapon. Training with the long pole greatly improves the student's dynamic strength and body coordination. Also contained within the form are footwork and upper body movements that may be applied to unarmed situations as well.

Bart-Cham-Dao Fa
(Eight-Cutting Broadswords Techniques)

This form, learned in the 8
th Practician Grade, is practiced with a pair of blades approximately one foot long and teaches the student how to wield short and/or sharp and/or doubled weapons. Training with the broadswords greatly improves the power and precision of the student's unarmed movements, in addition to improving the balance, speed, and range of the student's footwork.

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