Short Form 1 The simplest definition of this form would be: to retreat with a front hand block, going into and out of a neutral bow. All stances in this form, with the obvious exception of the initial and final meditative horse stances, are all the neutral bow stance. The feet should be pointed to one of the diagonal lines, but the body moving in a straight line from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock (or visa versa) Maintain a constant height to stay down in the stances, in other words no bobbing or leaning. All elbow returns can be looked at as rear elbow strikes, or as elbow blocks as used in Star Block Set. In regard to the blocks, you will need to solidify your base as you solidify your block.

This form is a dictionary form. By the means of dictionary, it gives basic definitions of ideas. Torque is used with each step. Neutral bow stances are used with blocks. It hits the basics in a rather rudimentary fashion; but then again, it is a dictionary form, not a case study form.

The primary power principle shown in this form is torque. You are stepping back and turning with a block. You require torque to add power to your blocks when done correctly. Counter-torque is used twice. First, you should try to go through the form yourself and see if you can figure out where this power principle is used. (Everything has an opposite and reverse, this is the opposite of torque.) If you can't feel the counter-torque, then the answer is seen in the second outward block and the second downward block.

Some ideas to consider when doing Short Form 1 would be that of the blocking hand during a transition. If you watch many students who have done this form for some time, they will insert (often without knowing it) an inward block with the blocking hand as they step back to execute their primary block. They will also define an inward block on all directional changes followed by their primary block.

This can be a simple form of just a few steps, but there are other challenges to be tried. The primary one would be to try doing this form on the opposite side. This form leads into Long Form 1, which contains Short Form 1 done on the opposite side. And since we add things at every level, we can't just do Short Form 1 on the opposite side; in Long Form 1, the opposite side of Short Form 1 has two additional blocks added at each step of the way.

Another challenge to attempt is one where you start in a left neutral bow with a left downward block out and going through it backwards. It really is insightful into how our system works and how reverse motion works. You can also pretend you are doing grabs and takedowns as opposed to forward-moving blocks.