5 Things you must know when doing combat Chin-na in Kung Fu.Oct 19, 2022
Chin Na are complicated sets of twists, pokes, breaks, and strangleholds that most, if not all, kung fu styles use in combat training.
Applying chin-na techniques in combat is difficult, just look at MMA matches. It normally takes a whole bunch of physical power, training, stamina, and time to apply an effective arm bar or choke in a ring fight. Imagine trying these techniques in a street fight where there aren't any rules or fairness.
If you want to incorporate Chin-na into your combat training then there are 5 things to remember:
- Never fantasize that you can catch a fist. An attacker won't leave their fist far from your face and keep it there so you can grab it. You'll catch that fist with your face first.
- Always use "pain compliance". Effectively hurt your attacker first before doing any techniques. They won't just stand there waiting for you. This is why we do san sau.
- Learn basic human anatomy. Knowing where to effectively apply your Chin-na techniques on your opponent's body and the devastating results from those techniques is essential to your training.
- Chin-na requires your entire body to support your technique. This means that every twist, leverage, tear, whatever, requires your entire body's participation to be effective. A good example of this is a handshake. The handshake is neutral until one person pulls the person in.
- Learn "Combat Flow". For me, you won't be able to do Chin-na at all in combat without practicing and comprehending "combat flow". To smoothly and quickly go into and out of Chin-na techniques requires thousands of hours of fun practice.
Be safe, practice slowly, and always work together.
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