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Chin Na

Chin Na (Qin Na) is the study of how to control your opponent. It uses joint locks to limit mobility, and attacks acupuncture cavities and other sensitive parts of the body with strikes, grabs, and other techniques. Chin Na is part of the course of study in almost all Chinese martial styles, and it can be a valuable addition to any other martial system. Chinese Chin Na is the root of the Japanese arts of Jujitsu and Aikido, and practitioners can use the study of Chin Na to increase their understanding of the theory and principles of their own arts.

Chin Na techniques can be generally categorised as:

‘Fen Gin’ or dividing the muscle or tendon, this also includes ‘Jua Gin’ or grabbing muscle or tendon.

‘Tsuoh Guu’ or misplacing the bone.

‘Bih Chi’ or sealing breathing.

‘Duann Mie’, sealing or blocking the vein or artery, or ‘Dim Mak’ , vein or artery press.

‘Tien Hsueh’, acupuncture cavity press, also referred to as ‘Dim Mak’ which means meridian press in this context.