Form Application: It is essential to understand form from a multi-dimensional point of view, to instil a deeper knowledge and understanding of each tool and technique, knowing the movements of a form is not enough, all students must understand what each tool, technique, weight shift, rotation and body movement is used for.

All too often, martial art organisations across the world, do not explain the purpose of form to their students.

All the movements within each form have a purpose, whether it is for combat purposes, to build energy, to understand the position of the elbow with wrist position. The student should be able to translate form to application and application to form.

This goes for all forms, in all martial arts, every tool or technique practised in the form must be explained into its applications, and every application must be found in the form.

When the student can perform a form well, the form must be linked to all other methods of practice, for example, strike training, reaction training, Chi-Sao, and of course applied reality.


  • Siu-Nim-Tao ‘The Little Idea’. The alphabet or basic tools and techniques
  • Chum-Kiu ‘Seeking Bridge’. The dictionary or putting tools and techniques together
  • Biu-Tze ‘Darting Fingers’. The thesaurus or alternate solution when all else fails
  • Mook-Yan-Chong ‘Wooden Man’. Development or continuous improvements


  • Siu-Nim-Tao
  • Chum-Kiu
  • Biu-Tze
  • Muk-Yan-Chong