SIL LIM TAO - "LITTLE IDEA"
Sil Lim Tao is the first of three hand forms. Each hand form builds upon knowledge gained from the one which precedes it. Sil Lim Tao is the foundation of this knowledge.
Sil Lim Tao teaches the practitioner the basic elements of the system:
- The form contains the simple, natural hand movements that are core to the system. There are few techniques which allows them to be easily mastered.
- Practice of the form helps to build the ability to generate and expel explosive energy, which is central to the system.
- The third important aspect to Sil Lim Tao is that it teaches the understanding of the center line. The center line is an imaginary line which runs the center of the body.
Other than a straight line being the shortest distance between two points, attacking via the center line forces your opponent to absorb the full force of your attack while at the same time affording protection to your vital areas. For example, striking the shoulder allows an opponent to turn and deflect the attack. Hitting in the center of the chest means that the full weight of the blow must be absorbed by the body.