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Online Wing Chun Xiao Nian Tou Training

Learn how to start, grow, and become a master. Make your Wing Chun dream a reality with the best Wing Chun Training on the planet! This is a fundamental skill that involves physical, technical, and mental training.

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  • Full access to learning videos upfront with lifetime access to the course
  • Structured path of the Shaolin ancient training
  • Learn with Shifu Shi Yanpeng, an authentic Shaolin warrior monk
  • Formal online certification of completion or achievement
  • Bonus Wing Chun Xiao Nian Tou e-book and videos from Shifu Shi Yanpeng's spiritual lifestyle
  • Language instruction is Chinese with English subtitles
  • Easy to implement into everyday lifestyle
  • Minimum time for completion of 2 weeks


30 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin)
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Please allow a minimum time for completion of 2 weeks. The certificate will be issued no earlier than 2 weeks from the start. All the certifications are digital versions that you can print at home.

  • Certificate of completion (No video submission)

Receive a certificate of completion from the International Shaolin Wushu Federation, a worldwide recognized expert body in Martial Arts; this is included in the course fee and no video is required to submit for completion. You will not be certified to teach the course content upon completion.

  • Certificate of achievement (Video submission required)

Receive a certificate of achievement from the International Shaolin Wushu Federation and Shaolin Temple Yunnan, a worldwide recognized expert body in Martial Arts; this is included in the course fee and a video is required to submit for certification and a minimum grade of 8 points. You will be certified to teach the course content upon completion.

How the training works

What you will find in the Shaolin Temple Wing Chun Xiao Nian Tou online course? In-depth video courses taught by Shifu Shi Yanpeng, an expert you can trust. Inside the online course, you’ll find high-quality video instruction from Shifu Shi Yanpeng and experts on the Wing Chun Xiao Nian Tou routine. You will receive formal certification. The instructors include Shifu Shi Yanpeng, Shi Yanjun, and disciples Shi Yanbo (Dr. Rhea Du) and Shi Hengyi (Lukasz Duszak).

Training information

What is Wing Chun Xiao Nian Tou? "Little thought or idea"

Xiao Nian Tou (Chinese) or Siu Nim Tao (Cantonese) translates as "Little thought or idea". It is the first form, a thought or idea from which Wing Chun's fundamental system was developed. It can establish a solid foundation for further learning. The name "Little thought or idea" has a special meaning which comes from the sentence: "Little thoughts are not right, and lifelong wrong; like martial arts, behave like a person."

Little thoughts are like chanting. The basic movements develop the practitioner's strength. The movements of the small thoughts are shaped by thoughts and conformed with thoughts, which can form a mindfulness-awareness. Mindfulness is the origin of Chan practice in Buddhism, a fundamental pathway through which to become aware of the causes and sources of suffering and attain enlightenment or awakening.

The four foundations of mindfulness are your bodies, feelings, minds, and the world around you. Training in the foundations of mindfulness is training in seeing reality with more clarity and equanimity.

The understanding of Xia Nian Tou

Learning the little thoughts well is equivalent to learning half of Wing Chun. Xiao Nian Tou is an elementary routine of Wing Chun. Although it does not have many moves (44 steps), it concentrates on the most basic attack and defence moves and techniques of Wing Chun. The movements combination in Xiao Nian Tou lays a solid foundation for the following routines.

The little thoughts are basic and essential. In Xiao Nian Tou's routine, there is no footwork or legwork. The whole routine requires the practitioner to be stationary in the Wing Chun stance. Although it looks easy, the small idea contains almost all the attack and defense techniques of Wing Chun and the basic methods of all combination techniques. As long as one practices Xiao Nian Tou for a long time, one will have already mastered Wing Chun's hand movements.

Xiao Nian Tiao contains many critical practical applications of Wing Chun, such as the centerline, protecting the centerline, and holding the elbows close to the body’s sides for self-defense. All the routine movements strictly follow the principle of the centerline, with the elbow as the axis. It is imperative to relax the body when practicing the Xiao Nian Tou routine and relax the shoulders. It will help the flow of blood and Qi in the body.

If Xiao Nian Tou is not right, it will not be right in the end

"Small Thoughts" means to remind beginners that they should practice boxing with humility and patience and should not have the idea of one step to the sky or quick success. Since Xiao Nian Tou is the foundation of practising Wing Chun, its importance can be affirmed.

Although Xiao Nian Tou may seem simple, it should be noted that Xiao Nian Tou contains many basic Wing Chun techniques.

Lay the foundation. Small thoughts can be divided into three sections, the first section is mainly about the training of skills, the second section is about the method of exerting force, and the third section is about the commonly used basic techniques. Practice must be slow, in addition to the vigorous movement, especially the first section is more important, to be slow and uninterrupted, slow but not sluggish.

The initial practice is about ten minutes, and the rest can reach about thirty minutes, but it depends on the level of the practitioner and should not be forced.

Xia Nian Tou's routine main points to consider

  • Relax your body
  • Look at the level of your eyes
  • Sink your shoulders, straighten your waist, close your hips
  • Clamp your knees
  • Splay feet, the width of the horse, is at the same level as your shoulders
  • Remember to bury your elbows and take the midline of your shots

Xiao Nian Tou Section 1

“Section 1” should be practised slowly. The first section is the most basic of Wing Chun’s adjusting Qi, hand shape, and skill. Adjusting Qi is slow, it can relax the mind and breathe freely and naturally and achieve the effect of eliminating distracting thoughts.

The slow hand shape can make the practitioner more aware of the route traveled by the movement, such as how to walk the path of spreading the hand, how to move the hand, what is the position of the guard when it comes back, whether the elbow is buried when it is pushed out, and whether there is a 90 degree, so on, to know more clearly whether to push out with the elbow.

Kung Fu slowness can make one feel whether the muscles and mind have been relaxed, whether the elbows and arms are in a relaxed state every moment, achieve a slow and uninterrupted effect, and give oneself opportunities for self-correction. From a strength point of view, slow practice allows the movement to be thoroughly practised at every moment.

Xia Nian Tou Section 2: Exerting strength

Section 2 is practising how to exert strength and release strength in the shortest time. In Wing Chun, Chang Qiao exertion, or inch strength. The first section practised the force-generating action under relaxation because the premise of force-generating is relaxation. In boxing theory, practitioners can understand the timing and method of Wing Chun exerting force and how to achieve the effect of saving effort.

The second section has different directions and heights of exertion, which is also an exercise to make the body and muscles inertial, and it is more convenient to use it.

Xiao Nian Tou Section 3

“Section 3” is to learn the basic techniques of Wing Chun. Based on the exercises in Sections 1 and 2, after one has the foundation of relaxation and exertion, one must learn the basic techniques of Wing Chun, such as ploughing hands and upper hands, and so on. These are all essential techniques and the basis for future changes in the techniques of Gui’s hands – the “roots”.

"First in mind, then in the body"

When practising Xiao Nian Tou, one must relax the whole body, not only physically but also mentally, so that the mind can be free from distracting thoughts that a state of tranquillity can be achieved. Xiao Nian Tou is an entry-level kung fu for practising Wing Chun because this boxing contains the basic handshapes of Wing Chun, such as the spread hand (Tan hand), the arm hand and the Fu hand, which are all preparations for future practice of Qian Shou.

Therefore, it is generally the first to learn Xiao Nian Tou before learning the sticky hands and finding the bridge. In short, Xiao Nian Tou is the foundation of Wing Chun practice and will have a profound impact on the progress of Kung Fu in the future. However, Xiao Nian Tou is a set of simple and easy-to-learn fixed-style boxing hands. When one finishes fighting Xiao Nian Tou slowly with the heart, one will also feel a fever in the body. It is the so-called “true Qi” after training.

Authentic knowledge and expertise, honesty, transparency, and care about the achievement of students

Shaolin Temple built the Wing Chun Basics online course because they saw too many people having major issues with legs mobility and flexibility, and body stability and balance, as well as the real purpose of Wing Chun combat. They just couldn't put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

They built it because they saw many people lost in so-called authentic learning and knowledge of Wing Chun Martial Arts basic skills. They also built it because they were tired of the noise and smoke of all the overpriced, hyped-up, and ineffective courses and programs out there. They are taking advantage of people who didn't know whom to trust.

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Detailed curriculum

  • Introduction: Introduction video from Shifu Shi Yanpeng
  • Demo Xiao Nian Tou: Xiao Nian Tou regular and fast practice
  • Xiao Nian Tou routine: 13 video lessons and 9 video practices with Shifu
  • Xiao Nian Tou health demo
  • Xiao Nian Tou breathing
  • What's next: The next step in Wing Chun practice is to learn Wing Chun 1 Duan Taolu. The course includes one bonus video for Wing Chun 1 Duan routine.
  • End of the course video from Shifu Shi Yanpeng
  • Bonus: The course also includes five short videos from the series "The Temple Within - Find Your Inner Peace."
  • Additional bonus: The course also includes an e-book containing the course material with theory explanations and illustrations for Wing Chun.

Who is this course for?

This class is ideal for everyone. From complete beginner to advanced practitioner, for the person who, if performs well in the basics, can achieve certification to be able to teach this particular module; for the person that has failed to get up from a comfortable couch over and over because it is old, fat, uncoordinated and embarrassed to exercise.

For the person who cannot find the motivation to work alone or the person who gets bored quickly because exercise is not fun and the entrepreneur that’s burning the candle at both. The corporate executive who lives from the hotel room into a hotel room. The friend that can never commit to going out because it is tired at the end of the day.

The guy that always buys something with the thought will do the trick, canceling, and post pointing. The mom or dad finds excuses for not finding the time in a busy schedule as a full-time parent. So, let’s find the time! Human adults need to get their things together to live a free life where they have control over the only thing which belongs to them: their own body.

Who is this course not for?

Well, this class is not suitable for the person who is looking to learn advanced Wing Chun in 2 weeks and get certified as a teacher. The friend who has its mind about what is best as exercise, the one that is looking for fighting. For this type of class, you can join Shaolin Temple's other courses. If you subscribed to the Shaolin Path or bundle membership you should not buy this course.


Shifu Shi Yanjun

Shifu Shi Yanpeng

Shi Yanbo

Lukasz Duszak (Shi Hengyi)


This training is conducted online. Shaolin Temple Yunnan Warrior Monks Training Center is based in China (GMT +8). You can participate from the comfort of your home by just using your phone or computer or you can watch the videos and practice at your own pace.

What's included

  • Unlimited online access 24/7
  • Certificate of completion OR achievement
  • Shifu feedback on practice (Only for the certificate of achievement)

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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