In the internal martial art of Tai-Ji Quan,
there are two types of forms that can be distinguished: The
“Larger frame form“ and the “Small frame form“.
Compact movements and circles characterize the “Small frame
form”. Master Yang Xiao Hou who was one of the main
inheritor’s of the Yang style Tai-Ji Quan, was proficient in the
“Small frame form”. He passed down is extensive knowledge
of this form to just a few of his students. Among them are Master Wu
Kung Yi, who was the 3rd generation inheritor of the Wu style Tai Ji
Quan , and Master Wu Tu Nan.
In 1959, Master Wong Hong Wing was officially accepted by Master Wu
Kung Yi as one of his selected elite students. Thereafter, Master Wu
personally and uniquely taught Master Wong about the essence of the
Small frame. In 1961, the “Hong Kong Chien Chuan Tai Chi Chuan
Academy.”, headquarters of the Wu Style, was established and open
to accept students. Since then, Master Wong has practiced and studied
the Small frame form intensively. Amongst all of his peer students,
Master Wong was recognized as the chosen heir of the Small frame form
from Master Wu.
Each movement of the Small frame form contains extensive details and is
quite difficult for the beginner student. Master Wong is believed to be
among the very few in Hong Kong who has
acquired the fundamental essence of the small frame form. In recent
years, Master Wong has obtained even deeper insight of this form with
regard to the benefits to the body joints, ligaments, tendons, and
manipulation of internal energy – Qi.
In practical terms, the Small frame form of the Wu Style emphasizes
“Central Equilibrium”. Each movement in the form
exquisitely combines aspects of cultivation of health, and building the
foundation for practical self-defense. The Small frame form is also
known as the “Applied form”. During the practice of the
form , the movements must be agile, yet at ease, coherent, fluid, and
consecutive. Mind intention is used to direct the flow of
“Qi” through the body. The student may not fully appreciate
the essence of the “Applied Form” without very close and
personal guidance by an experienced and highly skilled instructor.
Master Wong Hong Wing
(last row, third from the right)