What is Qin na?
Qin Na is a fighting technique that uses holds and grips. It is often considered the most sophisticated of combat techniques.
A Qin Na master needs excellent skills, strategies and tactics to apply Qin Na successfully. The Qin Na we teach at Shaolin Temple Chengdu is Shaolin Seventy-Two Qin Na Techniques.
In Qin Na training, it is essential to consider mind training and force development over techniques. It does not mean that techniques are unimportant; they are required to execute Qin Na. However, with mental focus and relevant force, techniques will be sufficient in successful Qin Na applications.
Joint-lock Qin Na techniques can be used against an opponent’s grabbing attacks and wrestling. Pressing and striking Qin Na can seal the opponent’s breathing, vein/artery, or Qi circulation, which can cause severe pain, numbness, unconsciousness, or even death.
The first few of the Shaolin Seven Two Qin Na Techniques are simple. Simple means something other than easy or ineffective. These patterns are widely used because they are simple to apply and effectively subdue opponents. But merely applying the techniques may not result in practical application. One has to devise suitable strategies and tactics to make holding and gripping the arms a logical consequence. A good strategy is letting the opponent attack; a good tactic is following their momentum. Then holding and gripping their arms become easy.
Most Qin Na can be learned quickly and adopted into any martial style. Qin Na has been known as the root of the Japanese arts, such as Jujitsu and Aikido, and practitioners can use the study of Qin Na to increase their understanding of the theory and principles of their skills.