Book: Taiji Chin Na by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
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DVD: Taiji Chin Na in Depth—The Seizing Art of Taijiquan
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Chin Na is the art of seizing and controlling, and is an element of all Chinese martial arts including Taijiquan.
Today, most people practice Taijiquan to maintain health or cure sickness. For the last fifty years the martial aspects of Taijiquan have been ignored, and the art is now incomplete. Most practitioners no longer understand the martial applications of Taijiquan, or even that it is a martial art. For example, the concept and training methods of Taiji Jin (or Taiji martial power), and how to apply internal Qi in the martial arts have become an unfamiliar subject in Taiji societies today. As a result, actual martial applications of Jin and Qi, such as Chin Na or Cavity Strikes, are currently not popularly known or studied.
To preserve Taiji's martial aspect, this book presents 85 Taiji Chin Na (Qin Na), the art of controlling an opponent through joint locks and cavity strikes.
Taiji Chin Na is one of the four main martial training categories of Taijiquan (the other three categories are striking, kicking, and wrestling / downing the opponent). Of all these four, Chin Na is the most effective, practical, powerful, and easiest to learn. Once you have mastered Taiji Chin Na, you will be able to apply the theory and techniques to any other martial style you practice. If you are a Taiji beginner, Taiji Chin Na could offer you a key to enter the door of martial Taiji.
- Chin Na is effective, powerful and easy to learn.
- Includes Chin Na techniques from the Taiji forms and Taiji Pushing Hands.
- The theory and techniques can be applied to any Taiji style.
- This book contains detailed instructions and over 500 photos and drawings so you can teach yourself.
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Wayne Muromoto, Tengu Press Hawaii
This is primarly a technical book on the art of grappling, as derived from the taiji chuan style of boxing. Dr Yang demonstrates a lot (and I mean a LOT) of grabbing, twisting, and throwing techniques personally, with copious photographs and explanations and attempts to explain the theory and concepts of grappling from within a taiji framework. For many taiji students, this is a wonderful insight into an aspect of their art that they may not have dreamed of. For non-taiji practitioners, this is still a good technical book to draw comparisons. In particular, koryu jujutsu, Daito-ryu and aikido students may find something of worth in Dr. Yang's methodology.Interpretive Work, J. Sunderland (Amazon reviewer) September, 2011
This is a great book if you want to learn some Qin Na. The pictures are more informative than most books and the author does a pretty good job of describing the rest. It's not a completely entry level work, but most people can figure out what is happening if they both study the photos as well as read the descriptions. The author attributes his skills in Qin Na to his study of White Crane and Long Fist. It appears that he shows how to implement these movements using Tai Ji. This may seem like cheating in a way, but most Qin Na was incorporated into various arts and many movements that are not understood appear to be Qin Na or pressure point use. Finally I believe the author shows more counters and varying applications to the same movements in this book than some of his other books. It's well worth adding to your library.Excellent Book for Taiji Chin Na Application, Anonymous (Barnes and Noble reviewer) April, 2004
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming makes learning Taiji Chin Na easy. I consider his books the best way to learn a martial art outside of an instructor. This book shows what to do, how to do it, and how to use it in some situations that may come up in real life. Great book, great art. Especially when used in combination with other arts.