Sanda & Qin Na

Sanda (Sanshou) 

Sanshou refers to Chinese kickboxing, it includes simple skills of boxing, kicking, holding and throwing. As an art of attack and defense in Shaolin kungfu, Sanda has gone through a long history in which Shaolin ancestors had made great effort to make what it is now.
Nowadays more people call it Sanda. Selected from Shaolin forms, Sanda moves are the essence of Shaolin kungfu. Major moves in Sanda are boxing: straight punch, hook, uppercut; kick: straight push kick, side kick, side push kick, front sweep, back sweep; throw: leg hold and throw, waist hold and throw, neck hold and throw, etc.
Sanda shows the internationalism of Chinese martial arts. In Sanda sparring, two people fight face-to-face with bare hands, and make use of various attack and defense moves. The moves are featured by their clear aggressive nature. Other than boxing and tae kwon do, Sanda requires kicking at distance, punching at stride distance and throwing and wrestling when close.
Compared to people without training of Sanda, a Sanda practitioner with long-term training has evident better agility, reflex, flexibility, and speed control, in which case, they will be better at judging a situation both in a fight and in life. Keeping up with the training, you can be stronger both physically and mentally.

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Meaning of Qin Na

Qin Na means catch and hold in order to lock thejoint. It is a fighting (self-defense) technique where you can use a holding and gripping sequence to annihilate the attacker from further attack without producing unnecessary harm. In Shaolin Qin Na there’s also striking technique to stop more wrestling with the attacker.
Qin Na is considered being a compassionate fighting style because will not create a severe damage to the attacker, will just put the out of action temporarily. The difference between holding-locking techniques and Qin Na is the real combat where your opponent will not be able to continue the fight. Qin Na injuries consist of damaging tendons and joints, gripping vital points, blocking meridians and energy flow.

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As one of the famous 72 Shaolin secret techniques, Shaolin Qin Na has ahistory of over 1400 years. It is years’ accumulation of practice by the warrior monks makes Qin Na an efficient technique without relying on brute force. Swiftness is its first characteristic, with four major skills kicking, hitting, throwing down, and gripping, for acupuncture points, nerves, channels, joints from hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, to hips, knees, and ankles, Qin Na always wins by surprise.
Qin Na techniques are excellent for close in and grappling range. Since fighting occurs at long, medium, close and grappling range, afighter needs to be well versed in all these aspects so as to not have any loopholes an opponent can take advantage of. The effective application of Qin Na techniques requires repeated practice with different partners and a thorough knowledge of the human muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.
Qin Na is an important part of Shaolin Kungfu. Based on training of Shaolin basics and traditional Shaolin fist forms, Qin Na can be avery effective technique in fighting.

Characteristics of Qin Na


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