The Forms

In most kung fu styles the empty hand fighting techniques are collated into "forms" with names that end in the Chinese word "kuen". This literally means "fist" and indicates that the form is not a weapon based practice set. A form is basically a collection of martial arts techniques and exercises that are designed to help a student remember, practice, understand, and strengthen their kung fu.

Practicing a form is kind of like the shadow boxing a boxer or kickboxer does in their training, but in kung fu these individual techniques and shorter combinations are also strung together as longer sequences. In this way a student can remember and practice all of their fighting techniques rather than just focusing on a handful of moves, and an entire system of martial arts can be passed on with minimal loss.

Core Forms

There are two core forms of Jow Ga which must be learnt in order to progress to Weapons training, this includes learning the 18 steps of the Jow Ga salute, training on stances, basic strikes and blocks. Drills and conditioning exercises correlates with the progress in each training level from beginner to instructor’s level.

It’s important for each practitioner of Jow Ga Kung Fu to fully understand the techniques and applications on Small Tiger and Ten Thousand Fist as these are the core seed form which connects out into primary and secondary forms. They form as a basic foundation to learning further intermediate to advance empty hand and weapon forms.

  • Small Tiger 
  • Ten Thousand Fist

Primary Forms

Primary Forms consist of progressive techniques and applications after core form

  • Country Fist
  • Wooden Post Fist    
  • Big Tiger
  • Tiger Leopard

Secondary Forms

Secondary Forms are in our curriculum includes the following;

  • Small Four Level Fist   
  • Four Level Fist
  • Monkey Fist
  • Lohan Fist
  • Tiger Crane
  • 5 Animals Fist   

Jow Ga Kuen Martial Arts Association - since 1987