Lately I have been thinking a lot about what each form in wing chun is all about. What purpose does each one serve? The great thing is, I could always ask Sifu Russ Cichon and get an answer. However, I like to try coming up with answers on my own (which I then bring to him in the end anyway!). From my current point of view, this is what I think of each form.
SIL LUM TAO
*Proper adduction in your horse stance
*Proper elbow energy
*Maintaining adduction when you pivot and step
*Using the hands in harmony
*Taking everything from Sil Lum Tao and Chum Kiu and perfecting the timing on something that takes up physical space
*Use of power, especially explosive power
*More elbow power
*Using weapons as extensions of the hansd
These are the forms as I see them. I’m not saying that this is the only way to interpret them. Feel free to disagree. Over time I’m sure my view of them will change as my understanding of them deepens.